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July 21, 2014

Americans Love Poetry, But Not Poetry Books 5

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Although the audience for poetry is vast, despite the very hard and creative work being done by publishers, this wider audience hasn’t yet crossed the bridge from reading poetry into buying poetry books.

July 21, 2014

Our new fictional feminist superheroes 0

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Recently, both Batgirl and the Norse god Thor (as conceived by Marvel) have been updated to suit the times. While DC Comics simply gave Batgirl sensible, combat-appropriate clothing, inspiring happy fan art; “female Thor” has met a mix of excitement and bewilderment. Fittingly, a new piece out at Aeon explores our conflicted desire to see male protagonists in fiction — the Harry Potters and […]

July 21, 2014

How to read the New Yorker this summer 3

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Starting today and lasting until the end of the summer, The New Yorker is completely free online, including archives back to 2007. What to read? To start off, try searching the fiction page for, say, George Saunders. There’s that famous Lawrence Wright piece on Scientology. Or feel free to consult the magazine’s own roundup. But I happen to be most impressed by this grandaddy of all longform articles on […]

July 21, 2014

The Millions Top Ten: June 2014 0

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A new number one tops our list and a novel makes its debut at number eight.

July 20, 2014

New Elmore Leonard Stories on the Way 0

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Jennifer Schuessler reports that a book of unpublished Elmore Leonard stories will be published in 2015. In 2010, our own Bill Morris touched on one element of what made Leonard’s writing so special.

July 20, 2014

The Myth of the “Knausgaard-free Day” 0

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Did Karl Ove Knausgaard’s autobiography become so popular in Norway that the country had to institute “Knausfaard-free days?” Casey N. Cep investigates.

July 20, 2014

Summer Poems from Charles Simic 0

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Recommended Listening: Charles Simic reads five new poems for The Southern Review’s summer podcast.

July 20, 2014

Tove Jansson to Grace Finnish Coins 0

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Finland will pay tribute to author and artist Tove Jansson by adding her likeness to a new two-Euro commemorative coin. This isn’t the first time a country’s wanted to add an author to their currency. (Related: Alex Ohlin looks at the “sad, strange brilliance” of Moomin; and Jansson’s works are recommended by Emily St. John […]

July 20, 2014

On the True Grit Trail 0

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If the first paragraph – and really, the entirety – of Jay Jennings’s piece about retracing the True Grit trail doesn’t make you want to drop what you’re doing and hit the road, then you and I are fundamentally different human beings.

July 19, 2014

Robert Gardner and Peter Matthiessen in Conversation 0

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The New York Times unearthed footage from a 1996 interview with Robert Gardner and Peter Matthiessen. The pair discuss a trip they took to New Guinea in the 60s, which “resulted in Gardner’s film Dead Birds and Matthiessen’s book Under the Mountain Wall.”