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Some popular titles are holding steady on the top of our list, while a unique anthology lands in the Hall of Fame, and a new collection from a young master of the form debuts. Related posts: The Millions Top Ten: March 2013 Three big...Show More Summary
“And journalists, the ones who do it for a living, will continue to have their faith in the profession shaken, as they panic and let their own standards slip in order not to be embarrassed by Reddit at 2:43 in the morning. But unlike high-frequency traders, Internet entrepreneurs, and online vigilantes, journalists have a stake [...]Show More Summary
Why yes, a Moby Dick card game does exist. Related posts: “Moby Ick’s more like it.” “Selections from One-Star Amazon Reviews of Melville’s Moby-Dick“... “A damp, drizzly November in my soul” On this day in history: Herman Melville publishes Moby-Dick.... Why Read Moby Dick? Nathaniel Philbrick answers the question Why Read Moby-Dick: “the level...
“And who could disagree? Joyce Carol Oates expressed her view on Twitter: ‘Wikipedia bias an accurate reflection of universal bias. All (male) writers are writers; a (woman) writer is a woman writer.’” Wikipedia has got a women writers...Show More Summary
“The most important year of life. Every emotion and my life work decided. Miserable and ecstatic but a great success.” What F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in his financial ledgers the year he married Zelda Sayre and sold This Side of Paradise. Related posts: F. Show More Summary
While I’d been planning, pushing, and preparing for my book launch, mutated white blood cells in my daughter’s body had been stealthily multiplying, on a mission to crowd her healthy blood cells out of her marrow and her bloodstream completely. Show More Summary
“How I wish he’d stuck to being himself. Instead, he chose to be me.” How it feels to have one’s poetry plagiarized. Related posts: Oscar Wilde Was a Self-Plagiarist, Too Oscar Wilde’s first and only office job was as the... Free Poetry!...Show More Summary
Say you find yourself transported 6,000 years in the past – would you still be able to talk to your fellow English-speakers? Related posts: The Travelers Get Their Bearings I’m back from my trip to Greece and Turkey. We... Dictionary of Regional @English I snum! This is a bunch of bullcorn. Show More Summary
“Any reasonably skilled novelist can evoke on the page the texture of memory, drawing the reader into the half-remembered, the blurred edges, the nervous nostalgia, the meandering associations across time and geography. In contrast, flashbacks on screen tend always to be clumsy beasts, announcing their arrival with unwanted fanfare and knocked-over furniture. Why is this?” [...]Show More Summary
It’s interesting that so few narratives about Harvard have ever been told from the non-elite, unassimilated experience. Such a void is, finally and wonderfully, filled by Andre Aciman’s brilliant new novel. Related posts: Journeys to...Show More Summary
Should you go to grad school? Should you not go to grad school? Should you stop reading trend pieces on going to graduate school? Related posts: Don’t Fear the Digital A recent Pew Study reveals that, despite all trend pieces... YouShow More Summary
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is adapting Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale into a ballet. Related posts: Brave New Serial Margaret Atwood’s got a new book called Positron out, and... But Then Again, Who Wouldn’t Be? I’m not that into ballet, but if I had to... Bring Up the Dianas “I used to think that the interesting issue was whether...
New this week: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud, A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, and three newly translated books from by Icelandic author Sjón: The Blue Fox, The Whispering Muse, and From the Mouth of the Whale. New in paperback is The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. Bonus [...]Show More Summary
There is an almost gravitational pull towards farce that draws everything from Congressional budget negotiations to the badminton competition at the 2012 London Olympics into its field. Several recent farcical works have crafted its chaotic order to predictably entertaining effect. Show More Summary
Recommended: Max Strasser on the late Eric Hobsbawm. Related posts: Read Your McClanahan Recommended Reading: an excerpt from Crapalachia: A Biography of a... Recomended Reading Electric Literature‘s latest venture, Recommended Reading, features short stories selected... Never Enough Karen Russell Karen Russell is everywhere these days. She’s sharing her favorite...
“So much has been written about New York City as a city of histories—rich and public, deep and private. Commerce and bodies ebb and flow. For every New Yorker, there is a ghost city under the tangible one; this second, invisible layer contains the tangled web of memory and geography. I certainly have my fair [...]Show More Summary
Early on in her career, the poet Muriel Spark decided that Mary Shelley was criminally underrated as a writer. In bringing the Frankenstein author the fame she deserved, Spark wrote a biography, distanced Shelley from her famed poet husband and labeled her “the founder of science fiction.” (Related: our own Lydia Kiesling on Spark’s The [...]Show More Summary
In 1952, John Steinbeck wrote that Al Capp, the cartoonist and Lil’ Abner creator, might well have been the best writer working in the world at the time. In the Times, Andy Webster reviews a new biography of Capp, which reveals thatShow More Summary
The Olivier Awards (aka the London Tonys) went down last night, and a certain theatrical adaptation won a record seven awards. The book that inspired that adaptation, starring Helen Mirren? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Related...Show More Summary
In an increasingly digital world, literary critics need to become less like play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and more like color commentator Tim McCarver. Related posts: Changes at the Book Review A quote from Steven Erlanger, the cultural...Show More Summary