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February 26, 2015

Tough Love: On Mac McClelland’s ‘Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story’ 1

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Irritable Hearts is a memory of recovery, a thoughtful and well-researched record of one woman’s experience with a subtle and often terrifying condition.

February 26, 2015

“Tongue-in-Cheek Tocqueville” 0

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“‘So your idea is to drive across America and write about it without talking to a single American?’ ‘Yes.’” Karl Ove Knausgaard travels North America as “a tongue-in-cheek Tocqueville” for the New York Times Magazine.  Pair with his piece for The Millions, “The View from My Window is a Constant Reminder,” and with Jonathan Callahan‘s reading […]

February 26, 2015

Lydia’s Advice 0

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“Be patient – even with chaos.” Advice for the upcoming writer from Lydia Davis.

February 26, 2015

A Bloodletting: On Mark Doten’s ‘The Infernal’ 8

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All the lies and deceit of the last dozen years, the courage shown and the suspicion that it meant little, have been brought together in one place, between the covers of a single book. Here’s hoping that people open it.

February 25, 2015

The Peripatetic 0

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Over the past fifteen years, Mohsin Hamid has moved from New York, to London, and to Lahore, Pakistan, with stints in Italy and Greece. His new book, which came out yesterday, is a series of essays about his odyssey across the world, chronicling his observations and experiences that led him to move. At Bookforum, a […]

February 25, 2015

“Queries are unacceptable” 0

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Recommended Reading: Willy Blackmore talking to Matthew J.X. Malady about the time he tried to be a literary agent.

February 25, 2015

Bugged and Bruised: On Jason Ockert’s ‘Wasp Box’ 1

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Ockert reveals how sometimes evil arrives not with a bang or a whimper, but with the calming buzz of the inevitable.

February 25, 2015

Old Hand 0

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Edith Pearlman has been writing stories for a long time, but it’s only recently that she’s received widespread attention for them, as evidenced by this New Yorker piece on the author by James Wood. In it, Wood writes about the ways in which Pearlman is “a fabulist in realist’s clothing,” among other things. Pair with: […]

February 25, 2015

My Life, Abridged 0

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Chekhov never published an autobiography, but he did once write a letter in which, in Chekhovian fashion, he summed up his life in a paragraph. At The Paris Review Daily, you can read the Constance Garnett translation of this letter in full. You could also check out Brendan Mathews on reading Chekhov for self-improvement.

February 25, 2015

Only Connect: Social (Media) Anxiety 9

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Twitter and Facebook are great for quick blasts of dopamine or adrenaline, but not for creating sustained waves of happiness or fear or maintaining the kind of cumulative tension upon which good stories rely.