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May 21, 2016

Disarmingly Like Love 0

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“I quickly stopped trying to draw in a realistic way and went for an efficient one.” Max de Radiguès is a Belgian cartoonist whose work you should familiarize yourself with.

May 20, 2016

Taking Off 0

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“Every streetlight is a slightly different hue/of white the squares like the blank faces of robots/offer the Hondas and Toyotas idling in the lot something/like hope and yet I am thinking of all of the people on the planes/landing and taking off the twin miracles of arrival and departure/each of them singing ‘Take Me With […]

May 20, 2016

Against the Machine 0

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Recommended Reading: Sadie Stein on a teen reading Sartre.

May 20, 2016

Fine By Themselves 0

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Was Virginia Woolf right that the Brontës were too isolated? Or were they just as housebound as their art required them to be? In the latest Atlantic, Judith Shulevitz examines the lives of the family, teasing out evidence that they all used loneliness to their benefit.

May 20, 2016

Dear Novel: On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript 5

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You said that I was trying to turn you into a thriller when you were really a literary novel. You wanted character; I knew agents wanted plot. We fought.

May 20, 2016

Red October 0

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Haven’t heard of Teffi? You can blame that one on the Bolsheviks. The early-20th-century Russian poet, playwright and journalist, whose fans included (oddly enough) both Vladimir Lenin and Tsar Nikolai, had to flee a Moscow in turmoil to avoid persecution as a dissident. Now, several publishers are reprinting her memoir of exile, for which The New Statesman has details and a short biography.

May 20, 2016

Very Brief Respites from the Darkness 0

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Want to learn filmmaking from a self-proclaimed “soldier of cinema”? Then sign up for a class with Werner Herzog. The enigmatic director, whose films include Grizzly Man and Fitzcarraldo, announced he’ll be teaching a course in the summer through the online provider Masterclass.

May 20, 2016

Nothing Works Until It Works: On Writerly Discomfort 0

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Discomfort, discord, imbalance, conflict — however you want to describe it, this liminality is the spark that lights the creative fire.

May 19, 2016

Acid Bath 0

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“There is a tab of LSD and shreds of the King James Bible in this morning tumbler of bourbon.” On C.E. Morgan’s new novel.

May 19, 2016

Fifteen-Love 0

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Recommended Reading: Gerald Marzorati on why Tolstoy played tennis.