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May 18, 2014

What do Ian McEwan and Willie Nelson Have in Common? 0

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The University of Texas is on a tear right now. Not only has its Ransom Center acquired Ian McEwan’s literary archive this week, but the nearby Dolph Briscoe Center for American History also just acquired the complete papers of Willie Nelson.

May 18, 2014

You can file me under Ishmael. 0

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Have you ever wanted to convert a book into a patent application? Well now you can.

May 17, 2014

“Yeah, American, boom boom” 0

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In a head-scratching piece of writing for the New Statesman, Dave Eggers (whose novel The Circle just cracked our Top Ten) reflects on a cross-country drive he took from Jeddah to Riyadh. The journey, and in particular a comment made by his chauffeur, caused Eggers to ponder the significance of his nationality, his ability to […]

May 17, 2014

Karen Russell Reads Sleep Donation 0

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Recommended Listening: Karen Russell read excerpts of her new novella, Sleep Donation, for the Missouri Review’s “Soundbooth” podcast.

May 17, 2014

“The point is not satisfaction” 0

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“The peace may be holding, but the process is faltering,” writes Colum McCann, forty years after the Dublin/Monaghan bombings, in his evaluation of Ireland’s present relationship with the “Troubles.” “It is, of course, naïve to expect total reconciliation,” he continues. “Some grievances are so deep that the people who suffered them will never be satisfied. […]

May 17, 2014

“There’s a quiver in the dead flesh.” 0

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Recommended Viewing: Robert Bly reads his poem, “The Dead Seal at McClure’s Beach.”

May 17, 2014

This Post Reads Like Mad Libs. 0

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Roz Chast, whose cartoons have been mainstays in the New Yorker for quite some time, has teamed up with Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields to write a book about the 101 two-letter words allowed in Scrabble.

May 16, 2014

Staking Out the Best Real Estate 0

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Dracula’s castle is for sale and will go to the highest bidder who doesn’t mind having a few coffins in the basement. Although the vampire never actually lived in the Romanian castle, Queen Marie and Vlad the Impaler were previous tenants.

May 16, 2014

The Translation Life Cycle 0

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Recommended Viewing: What actually happens when a book gets translated? Publishing Trendsetter has an infographic of a translated book’s life cycle complete with interviews with a foreign rights agent and a translator.

May 16, 2014

Burrito Lit 1

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“What’s the kindest thing you almost did?” You’ll find this sentence by Jonathan Safran Foer on a Chipotle cup next time you eat a burrito there. The fast food restaurant will feature the short stories five authors, including Foer, Malcolm Gladwell, Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and Michael Lewis,  on its cups, and unlike guacamole, they […]