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Books of The Times: Review: Richard Russo Returns Upstate in ‘Everybody’s Fool’

Mr. Russo’s delightful sequel to “Nobody’s Fool” features the further adventures of Sully and other familiar residents of North Bath, N.Y.

Modern Love: The Modern Love Podcast: ‘A Second Embrace’

The writer Cheryl Strayed reads the story of a divorced couple who reunite to experience life and love through new eyes.

The Ocean of Sadness

Melissa Broder is afraid of death. Not necessarily “death,” the eventual, eternal state of nonbeing, but death, the act: the exact moment when she stops breathing and life’s “isness” becomes isn’tness in terribly short order. Broder thinks about this moment with compulsive frequency. Show More Summary

Dead Ends

Recommended Reading: Enrique Vila-Matas on rock ‘n’ roll, anti-artists, and the central motor of his work. The post Dead Ends appeared first on The Millions.

Iron Fragility: A Conversation with Sari Wilson, Author of "Girl Through Glass"

Sari Wilson's captivating debut novel, Girl Through Glass, follows a young woman's journey through the alluring, heartless beauty of the New York ballet scene in the late 1970s. Eleven-year-old Mira comes from a fraught background of poverty and divorce. Show More Summary

Holocaust Survivors' Son Finds Peace Writing About Germany

Fans often ask me at readings which of my many books is my favorite. The answer doesn't pop up immediately, because I've published in many genres: memoir, mystery, literary novel, short story collections, psychology, biography/literary...Show More Summary

Links: Channing Tatum, Genitalia, Podcasts, & More!

Happy Hump Day! And of course, May the Fourth be with you. Though the links below have nothing to do with Star Wars, I hope you’ll enjoy them anyway!   Romance readers are well aware of euphemisms for genitalia. io9 has a nifty chart...Show More Summary

Cultural Studies: Men Have Book Clubs, Too

An all-male book club in California has a rule: “No books by women about women.”

Newswire: Image exclusive: Marc Maron performs for a neurotic cartoonist in Minimum Wage

Bob Fingerman has been working in the comic industry for over three decades, and in that time he’s gathered a lot of material for his semi-autobiographical series Minimum Wage, following a cartoonist named Rob through his professional and personal woes. Show More Summary

Does Becoming a Mother Mean Immolation?

Know the Mother is a welcome antidote to the fetishization of motherhood that tends to reach its obscenely sugar-coated peak in the month of May. The post Does Becoming a Mother Mean Immolation? appeared first on The Millions.

It & Co.

For The Brooklyn Rail, John Ashbery answers some questions about writing in French, crushes on boys, and the presence of “it.” As he puts it, “I’m sort of notorious for my use of the pronoun ‘it’ without explaining what it means, which somehow never seemed a problem to me.” The post It & Co. appeared first on The Millions.

Remembering Jenny Diski

Frederick Tuten recalls the first fan letter he ever wrote to novelist Jenny Diski in his 1999 interview with the author for BOMB Magazine. The post Remembering Jenny Diski appeared first on The Millions.

Glenda Jackson to Play King Lear at the Old Vic

The actress-turned-politician Glenda Jackson will star as King Lear at the Old Vic in London in its 2016-17 season.

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

On Our Radar Bitch HQ Happy Wednesday! • Bitch Media cofounder Andi Zeisler on marketplace feminism and feminism’s skyrocketing profile. [Time] • Lupita Nyong'o writes about the Broadway play Eclipsed and the freedom of playing a fully rendered African woman. Show More Summary

Empowertise Me!

The Money Issue Andi Zeisler Excerpts from the new book We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl©, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement, by Andi Zeisler. "In a village chapel in upstate New York, 150 years ago,Show More Summary

Rebel Without a COS

By Tom O'Brier and Douglas Laux It's not every day I meet a covert operative. I sit across the table from Douglas Laux, a young ex-CIA agent, wondering just what his abilities are. Has he identified every threat in the bar? Has he mapped his emergency egress? Can he intuit my emotional state? Can he terminate me? Play it cool, I think. Show More Summary

Recommended Reads, Plus Coupon Codes!

Dreamspinner Press is having a sale (40% off!) on authors who published with them during their first three years. You can find the list of authors here! Independent Bookstore Day was this past Saturday and The Ripped Bodice had some site issues during their online sale. Show More Summary

Encounters: The Intellectual in Air Jordans

The writer Mychal Denzel Smith brings hip-hop style to a cultural role once played by James Baldwin.

Speak, Motherhood

Having a baby can feel like developing a thrilling new hobby that others find immensely boring, as if you have spent nine months gestating an obsession with model trains. What, if anything, about your model train will be interestingShow More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: The U.S. government owes Captain America over $3 million in back pay

Captain America: Civil War opens this week in America and is expected to be a record-breaking box office extravaganza for Marvel and Disney. But if one Reddit user’s calculations are correct, Cap doesn’t really need the money, since the U.S. Show More Summary

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