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April 6, 2016

War Stories 0

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Over at The Rumpus, Caleb Cage interviewed Year in Reading alumnus Phil Klay about wars and human nature.

April 6, 2016

Fictitious Abstractions 0

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Recommended Reading: On educating teenagers’ emotions through literature.

April 6, 2016

The Crisis of Criticism 0

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“Then there’s the no-one-reads-anymore hysteria, the lack of supportive careers for apprenticing writers, the MFA deathtrap, etc. It feels self-indulgent as a critic to say, ‘But the whole critical structure has broken down, let’s talk about that.’ The critic only comes into play when the books are actually produced and put onto the market, meaning […]

April 6, 2016

Writing Every Day 0

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Do you want to nurture your writing? Sign up for the Skillshare online class Creative Writing for All: 10 Days to a Daily Habit, taught by Friendship author and Year in Reading alumna Emily Gould and featuring a 10-day creative writing challenge. Also: enrollment is free through April 12.

April 6, 2016

Digital Publications Unite 0

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Medium announced that several online magazines will be migrating over to the Medium publishing platform. The list includes Electric Literature, The Awl, Pacific Standard, The Hairpin, Time Inc.’s Money and Fortune, and others.

April 6, 2016

Awaiting the Next Revival: In Search of Isabel Bolton 0

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Isabel Bolton has fallen into obscurity a second time. How and why does this happen? What accounts for the failure of a work to catch hold, in spite of outstanding reviews?

April 5, 2016

Who Are They? 0

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Recommended Reading: A brief history of the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” from Shakespeare to Girls and The Argonauts.

April 5, 2016

Pynchon Possessed by the Spirit of a Teenaged Girl 0

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“Though female authors write experimental novels about women—like Renata Adler’s Speedboat or Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?—the avant-garde has long been associated with male authors and stories. That association made Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine seem doubly unusual.” On Kleeman’s debut novel and blatantly feminine themes in the […]

April 5, 2016

Dispatch from Kolkata 0

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Over at Electric Literature, Megha Majumdar writes about the changing architecture in Kolkata, the quest for authenticity, and nostalgia. Pair with Olena Jennings’s Millions essay on nostalgia for a life never lived.

April 5, 2016

Poetry Is Politics, Politics Is Poetry 0

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Citizen author Claudia Rankine spoke about racial tokenism in MFA workshops in her AWP keynote speech last week. As she puts it, “The white students aren’t being challenged to think harder about the assumptions they are making in workshop.”