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May 10, 2017

Mixed Methodology: On Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve 1

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Blatt’s quantitative approach to literature is novel —
and very entertaining — but the book is undermined by poor copyediting and methodologies that call into question the conclusions Blatt reaches.

May 10, 2017

Torching Alexandria 0

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“This particular moonshot fell about a hundred-million books short of the moon.” Over at The Atlantic James Somers has the story of what went wrong with Google’s audacious plan to digitize all the world’s books. And like an interesting time capsule, you might want to read Robin Sloan in our own pages from some years back about a very, […]

May 10, 2017

You Already Know This Because You Read 0

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“[L]overs of more experimental books showed the ability to see things from different perspectives but it was comedy fans who scored the highest for relating to others.” A new study suggests that people who read books are nicer, reports The Independent. In our recent interview with author John Vaillant he wholly agreed. “Empathy is what gives you […]

May 10, 2017

Coherence Salad 0

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“You couldn’t say, no, this is actually a president, this is exactly how a leader ought to talk and reason, because even with the uhs and ums cleaned out and the spoken sentences made to look like written ones, Trump’s discourse isn’t coherent.” Linguist Michael Erard for The Awl on reading Trump’s transcripts.

May 10, 2017

Find Your Lane, Stay Ready: The Millions Interviews Cole Lavalais 0

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I didn’t feel heard, so I stopped needing to be heard, and thus was able to discover my own voice.

May 9, 2017

The Masks We Wear: The Millions Interviews Edan Lepucki 2

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It’s easy for me to be naked with people and talk about my body. I think the human body’s really funny.

May 9, 2017

An Old Story 0

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“We aim to foster a review culture where all genders can write about all topics and be met with equitable coverage.” Launched last year by a group of McGill University students, Just Review is an advocacy project that aims to help publications combat gender bias in the literary and publishing worlds. Would that this weren’t […]

May 9, 2017

The Traumas We Carry 0

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“If I’d stayed, I could have protected him. That’s what I believed. Maybe he believed that, too.” Over at Catapult, Chris J. Rice writes beautifully and harrowingly about finding her long-lost brother after decades.

May 9, 2017

‘Confessional Writing’ Is a Tired Line of Sexist Horseshit 0

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“If I’m writing something about my period, it doesn’t mean that I’m not an intellectual. I can write an intellectual essay about my navel or a whole book about my period.” The Literary Hub has a transcript of Red Ink’s panel discussion on literary misfits, including Marcy Dermansky, Melissa Febos, Michele Filgate, Sarah Gerard, Emily Raboteau, and […]

May 9, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Murakami; Lively; Lehane; Toibin; Lepucki 0

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Out this week: Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami; The Purple Swamp Hen by Penelope Lively; Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane; House of Names by Colm Toibin; and Woman No. 17 by our own Edan Lepucki. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.