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December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Phil Klay 0

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It’s a short little book that, despite being an absolutely zany satire, packs a serious emotional punch. And it’s hilarious.

December 8, 2014

“The right investment of his time” 0

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Recommended Reading: Colson Whitehead on Family Life by Akhil Sharma.

December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Jane Smiley 0

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Banffy’s insights into the failures of politics, both through corruption and through incompetence, seem absolutely relevant to modern America.

December 8, 2014

Blairian 0

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Since his death in 1950, George Orwell has grown more and more popular, so much so that his eponymous adjective is now widely used even by ideological enemies. So how did this state of affairs come about? In the new Intelligent Life, an offshoot of The Economist, Robert Butler delves into the story of how […]

December 8, 2014

A Year in Reading: Ben Lerner 13

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Please read this book with me because everybody who reads it gets to enter a meadow where we can dance and die together.

December 7, 2014

Like a Career in the NBA 0

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“The myth of the full-time writer is a perniciously sticky one—and it doesn’t help that once in a blue moon a J.K. Rowling does come along, thereby entrenching the cultural delusion that being a full-time writer is a thing that could realistically happen. But the truth is that being a full-time writer is basically just the literary […]

December 7, 2014

A Year in Reading: Michael Bourne 1

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Meyer spent five years researching and writing The Son, reading some 300 books on Texas, teaching himself how to hunt with a bow, and shooting a buffalo so he could experience what it was like to drink its blood.

December 7, 2014

Defense Against Detractors 0

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Recommended reading: Adele Waldman defends the purpose and form of the novel and balances David Shield‘s Reality Hunger against Anna Karenina.

December 7, 2014

A Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone 0

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Bone Map was a reminder of how it felt to be devastated, made new by poetry. I can’t expect much more from a book.

December 6, 2014

A Year in Reading: Lydia Kiesling 6

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I am writing this on a Friday, and I’m supposed to have a baby on Tuesday.