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The Shining GirlsWritten by: Lauren BeukesHardcover: 375 pagesPublisher: Mulholland Books Language: EnglishJune 2013Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Horror The Girl Who Wouldn't Die Hunts the Killer Who Shouldn't Exist The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. Show More Summary

Buns in the Oven: The Politics of Food and Birth

Honestly, I had never thought about it. Before reading Barbara Katz Rothman's new book A Bun in the Oven: How the Food and Birth Movements Resist Industrialization, I had not noticed the parallels between the widespread and more or less...Show More Summary

The Nu-Audacity School of Poetry

For the Nu-Audacists, being a poet is nothing to celebrate, at least not in any conventional sense. The post The Nu-Audacity School of Poetry appeared first on The Millions.

Fiction: Noah Hawley on a Thriller in Which Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse Face Off

Graham Moore’s “The Last Days of Night” is inspired by Edison’s efforts to drive Westinghouse out of business.

Nonfiction: A Book Examines the Curious Case of a Man Whose Memory Was Removed

In “Patient H.M.,” the journalist Luke Dittrich questions his grandfather’s role in an infamous case of a patient with permanent amnesia.

Fiction in Motion

If you see something, read something: Yesterday New York City’s MTA launched Subway Reads, an eight-week-long initiative allowing strap-hangers to download novellas, short stories, or excerpts from books via the city’s new(ish) wi-fi service in 175 underground stations. Show More Summary

Black Bodies Matter

“All the rage and mourning and angst works to exhaust you; it eats you alive with its relentlessness.” The New York Times‘ Jenna Wortham on taking care of herself during a summer rife with violence against people of color. The post Black Bodies Matter appeared first on The Millions.

A Girl Is a Fully-Formed Thing

“The things I do not want to write about become the things I write about.” Year in Reading alumnus Eimear McBride talks to The Guardian on the occasion of her second novel’s arrival. The Lesser Bohemians follows upon her hugely successful...Show More Summary

Native Daughter

“I know the words for elk and water. There are other Shawnee nouns as dense as koans with metaphor and meaning, but they remain inscrutable to me.” Poet Laura Da’ authors the most recent Rumpus Saturday essay, a stunning meditation on concessions made to both the body and the body politic. Show More Summary

Today’s Vagenda: Manocide

“6:00 am. Arise. Wrap your cardigan-sheathed hands around a mug of hot cardamom lemon water; squint into the distance from your craftsman veranda. Breathe authentically. Pick off a passing man with your bespoke porch rifle.” Okay ladies, time to mark your vagendas. Show More Summary

Cover Snark: Crabs & Boardroom Babies

Happy Monday and welcome to Cover Snark! Let’s get started, shall we? Elyse: If you have sharp claws the size of her body why do you need a sword?!?! Amanda: Maybe the sacrifice won’t work if you snap her in half? Elyse: Well then just stab her with the pincer end. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview With Alejandro Zambra

Alejandro Zambra discusses his latest book, Multiple Choice, inspired by the Chilean exam administered to students seeking college admission

Book Review: My Damage is a winning memoir from a punk icon

Is there a prouder, more tireless ambassador of punk rock and hardcore than Keith Morris? The name might lack the instant recognition of iconic figures like Joe Strummer and John Lydon, or even that of peers like Henry Rollins. But no serious conversation about the genre’s history is complete without placing Morris smack in the center of it. Show More Summary

Back Issues: Akira kicked open the door for manga’s rise to popularity in the U.S.

Back Issues discusses a major comic of the past, reevaluating its strengths and weaknesses while exploring the cultural context of its creation and how it has impacted the future of the comic-book medium and industry. This week: Katsuhiro...Show More Summary

Ursula Le Guin Has Earned a Rare Honor. Just Don’t Call Her a Sci-Fi Writer.

The 86-year-old author will become one of the few living writers recognized by the Library of America, and she did it on her terms.

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