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August 19, 2014

“You’re a young man from the provinces” 1

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“You frequently attend the opera to gossip about other patrons. You have never actually seen an opera.” How to tell if you’re in a Balzac novel.

August 19, 2014

Long and Deep 0

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Last October marked the release of a new volume in The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Ernest Hemingway. Spanning three years in the writer’s early twenties, the letters in the volume track events including his first bullfight, the birth of his son Jack and the publication of his first collection of stories and poems. In […]

August 19, 2014

Still Fresh 0

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There’s a new trailer out for the book Worn Stories, a collection of pieces about clothing and memory edited by Emily Spivack. The contributor list includes, among others, Heidi Julavits, John Hodgman, Greta Gerwig and Marina Abramović. (h/t The Rumpus)

August 19, 2014

What to Dispense With 0

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Say you’re the kind of person who never ends a sentence with a preposition. You’re studious about distinguishing between “its” and “it’s,” and you’re likely to judge a person who says “nauseous” when they should have said “nauseated.” But occasionally, if you’re being honest with yourself, you suspect that a lot of the grammar rules […]

August 19, 2014

Self-Absorption 2

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A few days ago, our own Kaulie Lewis pointed readers to a LARB essay about Geoff Dyer, which nicely complemented a piece about the author our own Mark O’Connell wrote for Slate back in June. Now, at Full-Stop, David Burr Gerard suggests that Dyer’s strengths, which worked so well in Jeff in Venice, Death in […]

August 19, 2014

Back to School: Six Strategies for Effective Close Reading 0

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Close reading produces knowledge, and knowledge can be painful.

August 19, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Taylor; Thomas; Umrigar; Clark; Magee; Schumacher; Davis 0

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New this week: Flings by Justin Taylor; We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas; The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar; Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark; The Undertaking by Audrey Magee; Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher; and a new translation of a French children’s book by Lydia Davis. For more on these and other new […]

August 18, 2014

“Old Jazz Record!” 0

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You may have heard that Haruki Murakami has a new book on shelves. Woody Brown reviewed it for The Millions last week. Over at Electric Lit, Lincoln Michel invites us to play Murakami Bingo, created by Grant Snider, once again. It might also be a good time to read Ben Dooley on 1Q84.

August 18, 2014

“I’m going out on this adventure” 0

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“The idea was that whatever I felt or did resonated in life, caused people pain or happiness. This gave me a feeling of huge responsibility even as a child – to the extent that sometimes I had to block my own feelings or wishes. When I started writing fiction, suddenly I was allowed to do […]

August 18, 2014

Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Eco-terrorists So Different, So Appealing? 3

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Are these activists terrorists, as the government would have us believe, or are they avenging angels performing a vital service, as they themselves believe?