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Perfectly Inexplicable

Last week, I wrote about Kathryn Schulz’s innovative interview with David Mitchell, which took place on a walk along the Irish coastline. Now, in a nice complement to our own review from today, Pico Iyer reviews the author’s latest. Sample quote: “A perfectly matter-of-fact, unvarnished evocation of how regular folks speak, married to a take-no-prisoners fascination […]

‘The Luminaries’ author Eleanor Catton to set up writers’ grant

Eleanor Catton, the 28-year old winner of the 2013 Man Booker prize for her sophomore novel, The Luminaries, will be

Waiting for the Electricity by Christina Nichol

Kelsey Osgood reviews Waiting for the Electricity by Christina Nichol

A Garden of Children.

“The days are long but the years are short” This well-used saying can be found in parenting magazines, on blogs, and painted on wall hangings scattered all over Pinterest; and every parent knows why. In the middle of the day when … Continue reading ?

Haruki Murakami’s ‘Strange Library’ to arrive in December

Known for a large body of work including 1Q84 and Norwegian Wood, Japanese author Haruki Murakami is set to release an English-language

10 Delicious Books That Cook

A book that cooks isn't just a cookbook. A book that cooks can also be a memoir with recipes, an essay collection that embeds cookery into the writing, or a foodie fiction that includes instructions on making various dishes to reveal character, build a climax, or create symbolism. Show More Summary

An Interview with Peter Anderson

Peter Anderson was once a professor of mine at Austin College in North Texas, and long before The Unspeakable was published and won the Alex la Guma Award for International Fiction, I asked him for the manuscript and read it....

The Irrational Season: Reading The Route

A week ago I put my cat in a mesh box and we walked onto a plane. I moved away from home, but I don?t want to write about that I want to write about the books I took with...

Matrimony, War, and the Habsburg Chin

Royal families were the Kardashians and Brangelinas of the 1690s, and any seventeenth-century People magazine worth its salt would have been heavy on Habsburgs. Charles II (insensitively known as "Charles the Bewitched" due to his many physical and mental disabilities)...

An Interview with Dr. Joel Gold

Dr. Joel Gold is one half of the creative team behind Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness (the other is professor and brother, Ian). While the book goes on to explore dozens of different factors that can feed into mental...

Self-Portrait By Someone Else

So I took down the book from the shelf, blew the dust off it, opened the cover, and it turned out to be my story. The plates -- attached at one side, flapping a little as I flipped the pages...

A Glimpse into the Finnish Fantastic

At dawn, the world glimmers between day and night. The meeting of awake and asleep, dark and light, is potent. Anything can happen. In the early hours when most still sleep, each footstep seems like it might slide from...

"These Artful Jezebels": On American Spies

During the American Revolutionary War, women up and down the East Coast spied for the rebels. They also spied for the British. They carried messages across enemy territory and through enemy lines. They reported on gun emplacements and recounted conversations...

An Interview with Hanne Ørstavik

Though Hanne Ørstavik's novels have been translated into eighteen languages, English has not been one of them, until the recent translation of The Blue Room (Like sant som jeg er virkelig). The novel tells the story of a young woman...

Witch Piss by Sam Pink

Most great novels about places tend to be homages to idiosyncratic cities and the things that make them unique. However, these narratives often focus on the positive elements of the place or how a main character interacts with his.....

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