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March 21, 2015

“Life is not personal.” 0

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“This notion of investigation offers an alternative to confession. Its goal isn’t sympathy or forgiveness. Life is not personal. Life is evidence. It’s fodder for argument. To put the “I” to work this way invites a different intimacy—not voyeuristic communion but collaborative inquiry, author and reader facing the same questions from inside their inevitably messy lives.” […]

March 21, 2015

A New Little Women 0

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This week in book-to-film adaptation news: there will soon be another take on Little Women, to be produced by Amy Pascal and adapted by Sarah Polley.

March 20, 2015

A Single Sentence 0

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“Sometimes you come across sentences that are like cairns, evidence the trail continues, and you are so grateful to have found them.” For the Tin House blog Jacob Rubin considers one such sentence from Charles D’Ambrosio‘s Loitering, which our own Hannah Gersen reviewed for the Millions.

March 20, 2015

Cervantes Found 0

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Miguel de Cervantes died and was buried 399 years ago, and apparently no one thought to mark his grave. But the Guardian has reported that after two years of searching a team of archaeologists have found and positively identified the Don Quixote author’s body, and there are plans to open his crypt to the public next […]

March 20, 2015

The Book Report Episode 13: ‘Find Me’ by Laura van den Berg 2

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This week, Janet and Mike discuss Laura van den Berg’s Find Me, while traversing a hellish post-apocalyptic landscape, Mad Max-style. Will they turn on each other by the end?

March 20, 2015

Confessing / Confiding 0

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“I wanted to offer my students an alternative to the purely confessional mode. I wanted them to write about themselves without falling into a paralyzingly portentous tone. I wanted more humor in their work, more complexity, more detail, more balance—more good writing. I wanted fewer italicized passages, less use of the breathless present tense. I […]

March 20, 2015

The FBI Analyzes Gone Girl 0

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Recommended viewing: an FBI agent takes a look at Amy Dunne’s story from Gone Girl and, surprise!, finds it a little lacking.

March 20, 2015

The Color of Loss: On the Passing of Sir Terry Pratchett 0

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To classify Pratchett is to deny his genius. Just because a book takes place in another world — one with wizards and witches and trolls and dwarfs — doesn’t mean it can’t also provide insight into our own.

March 19, 2015

Lorrie Moore, Short Stories, and America 0

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Good news, fans of short stories, Lorrie Moore, and America! The author is editing a special edition of the Best American series, 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories, to be released in October.

March 19, 2015

Art, Lit, and Finnegans Wake 0

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“I’m a writer through and through, but the art world—to a large extent—provides the arena in which literature can be vigorously addressed, transformed, and expanded.” Frederic Tuten interviews Tom McCarthy about the overlap between the visual arts and literature, the importance of reading, and living, voraciously, and the power of Finnegans Wake for BOMB Magazine. […]