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  • Natasha Wimmer, translator of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 and Álvaro Enrigue’s Sudden Death, explains her work process and why she’s translating a woman’s work next. Pair with our founder C. Max Magee’s thoughts on machine translation.


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    ~Cara DuBois
  • “It’s strange to keep confronting, in these stylistic ways, how you were constructed. What you were constructed to be in the world.” Margo Jefferson sits down with BOMB Magazine to discuss feminism, class, and her memoir, Negroland. Our own Michael Bourne writes on the art of memoir.


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    ~Cara DuBois
  • Recommended Reading: J. M. Tyree’s new story at Guernica. “There’s a man on the bus sitting directly in front of you. He has a small brown spider crawling across his red shirt, near his left shoulder blade.” You could also watch our episode of The Book Report on Our Secret Life in the Movies by Tyree and Michael McGriff.


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    ~Cara DuBois
  • Jenn Shapland had the pleasure of cataloguing the archives of Carson McCullers, Gertrude Stein, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Their possessions left her with a few lingering questions. Pair with Shapland’s piece on cataloguing David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King.


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    ~Cara DuBois
  • “Too vast for human comprehension, yet at the same time a tabula rasa for each fragile individual’s desires, it’s a classic example of the Romantic sublime, as mesmerising as it is deadly.” The Guardian reviews Year in Reading Alumnus Claire Vaye Watkins’s Gold Fame Citrus. Compare and contrast with our review of the novel.


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    ~Cara DuBois
  • If you’ve pulled an all-nighter, you understand the strange mental space that follows. Carmen Maria Machado brings us into that space at Catapult.


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    ~Cara DuBois
  • Aaron Sorkin is writing the first Broadway production of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. To prepare, Michael Bourne’s essay introduces us to the real Atticus Finch.


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    ~Cara DuBois
  • Recommended Listening: Part One of Jhumpa Lahiri’s conversation with Paul Holdengraber at Lit Hub. “You know, tell me about something I don’t know. Tell me about a musician I’ve never heard of. Tell me about a poet I should be reading. Tell me something about the world, a situation that someone can explain to me in more detail.”


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    ~Cara DuBois
  • Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Little, Brown UK and Scholastic will be publishing the script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new play written by Jack Thorne. It’s a good time to revisit Michelle Dean’s essay reflecting on the close of the Harry Potter series.


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    ~Cara DuBois
  • Recommended Reading: On the mysterious benefactors keeping St. Mark’s bookstore alive.


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    ~Bruna Dantas Lobato
  • Writers can’t create original work without financial stability and a minimum amount of rest, writes Maggie Doherty in Dissent. Pair with Kate Angus’s Millions essay on making a living as a poet.


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    ~Bruna Dantas Lobato
  • “They couldn’t testify because they were dead so I wanted to lend my own body and voice to them.” Han Kang on writing about the Gwangju massacre and her slim novels, Human Acts and The Vegetarian.


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    ~Bruna Dantas Lobato

Read More The Millions Top 10 January 2016