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December 13, 2014

Oxford Marginalia Group 0

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Recommended reading: Lauren Collins writes for The New Yorker about the Oxford University Marginalia group and the fate of bookish scribblings.

December 13, 2014

A Year In Reading: Michael Schaub 0

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Kinnell was something like a connoisseur of loss, both actual and anticipated. And he anticipated his own, often.

December 13, 2014

2014’s Best Book Covers 0

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“What is the value of a book cover if fewer and fewer people shop at bookstores?” Nicholas Blechman wonders about the purpose of the book cover at The New York Times Book Review, but he also rounds up some of the best covers of 2014, including the design for Eimear McBride‘s A Girl is A […]

December 13, 2014

A Year in Reading: Yiyun Li 0

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Upon finishing the book, I bought a copy for a friend and told two more friends about it.

December 12, 2014

A Year in Reading: Walter Kirn 1

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There is a Twain for every mood and moment, and this is a Twain whose time has come again, wintry, stern, and sublimely disappointed.

December 12, 2014

A Year in Reading: Rabih Alameddine 0

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Simply put, I think it just might be the best book I have read in — oh, I don’t know, maybe ever.

December 12, 2014

Sourcing ‘The Hobbit’ 0

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In an essay for The Guardian, John Garth identifies an interesting source for parts of Tolkien‘s The Hobbit: Native American lore.

December 12, 2014

A Year in Reading: The Book Report 5

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In a holiday-themed installment that’s sure to become an instant classic of weekly Internet shows sponsored by literary websites, Janet and Michael celebrate the end of the year the way they always have: with trivia and regret.

December 12, 2014

Gothic Roots 0

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“If Gothic literature had a family tree, its twisted gnarled branches chock-full of imperiled, swooning heroines and mysterious monks, with ghosts who sit light on the branches, and Frankenstein’s monster who sits heavy, with troops of dwarves, and winking nuns, and stunted, mostly nonflammable babies, at its base would sit Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto.” Carrie Frye writes for […]

December 12, 2014

A Year in Reading: Caitlin Moran 2

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In many ways, it is exactly like James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man — but with the benefit of being 100 pages shorter, and screamingly funny.