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July 18, 2016

Incest and Spouse Swapping: On Iris Murdoch’s ‘A Severed Head’ 3

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This delirious little novel is a dirtier, more bizarre study of the messiness of human desire, complete with incest and spouse swapping, and it’s arguably the better book.

July 18, 2016

Who Wrote What? 0

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Do you want to work at The Strand in New York City? Think you have what it takes? Take this famous quiz and match each work with its author to see if you have the literary chops to pick up a paycheck from one of the United States’s most beloved bookstores.

July 18, 2016

The Artist of the Deal 0

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“’I put lipstick on a pig,’ he said. ‘I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is’ … If he were writing The Art of the Deal today, Schwartz said, it would be a very different book […]

July 18, 2016

White Lives Matter: On Nancy Isenberg’s ‘White Trash’ 1

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Isenberg appears to have decided to write a history of poor white America and then persuaded herself that poor black America was only tangential to her story.

July 17, 2016

Long Lists of Everything 0

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“I started keeping a journal when I was eight, but even before then I was a kid who loved making long lists of everything I could see or remember. Coconut, tricycle, jeepney, air freshener, I would write, for example, and my lists would lengthen and become even more specific as I grew to know the […]

July 17, 2016

Beware of the Dog 1

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This week in book-related news: a new coffee table book devoted solely to Marc Jacobs’ bull terrier, who happens to be an Instagram celebrity.

July 17, 2016

Where Have You Been 0

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Recommended Reading: Mark L. Keats explores “international adoption as resettlement.”

July 17, 2016

Lucky Writers 0

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Catherine Banner writes on the “privilege and luck it takes to live the writer’s life.” Pair with this Millions essay on not quitting the writing life.

July 17, 2016

Poetry Haters 0

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Ben Lerner and Cody Delistraty discuss why so many people (rightfully) hate poetry. Pair with this Millions piece on poetry for people who hate poetry.

July 16, 2016

Uncertain Origin 0

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The Wall Street Journal has shared an exclusive look at the cover art for, and an excerpt from, Elena Ferrante’s new book. Also check out Cora Currier’s essay on reading Italy through Ferrante’s books.“