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The Great Debates

Christopher Beha just finished reading the complete works of Henry James and writes for The New Yorker about the experience while also touching on both “The Great Y.A.” and “The Great Goldfinch” debates.

Riding and Writing

Recommended reading: Monica McFawn writes for Brevity “On Riding and Writing Boldly.”

“Between research and reflection”

The LA Times has a review up of Eula Biss‘s On Immunity: An Innoculation, an “elegant, intelligent and very beautiful book, which occupies a space between research and reflection.” We covered the collection in our Second-Half 2014 Book Preview, and Biss’s first book, Notes from No Man’s Land, has appeared in several Millions pieces over […]


September means a lot of things: colder weather, the leaves changing colors, apple cider, pumpkin everything and the return of my favorite shows. Now I have loved my little summer shows such as Outlander, SYTYCD, Legends, and the Quest, but I am ready to return to my old favorites and as mentioned in an earlier post some new friends to make. Show More Summary

Living like Fitzgerald

“Recent research has shown that messy, dark, noisy, booze-filled environments like the one Fitzgerald cultivated at La Paix can, in fact, help stimulate creativity.” The Atlantic reports on the importance of environment for creativite work and / or gives you an excuse to live like Fitzgerald.

“Eyes Without a Face”

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats fame has a debut novel, Wolf in White Van, longlisted for the National Book Award, and Dwight Garner reviews the “strange and involving” novel for The New York Times.

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Shaelyn Smith reviews Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric today in Rumpus Poetry.

“Pixel Dust”

“In the end, no special effects, dazzling displays, augmented realities, or multimodal cross-platform designs substitute for content. Scholarship, good scholarship, the work of a lifetime commitment to working in a field — mapping its...Show More Summary

The Last Book I Loved: Krabat

1982 was a shitty year. I was 9 years old and in the 4th grade in Appleton, Wisconsin. My parents were going through a nasty divorce, the kind of thing you see on Jerry Springer.

Graphic Novel Friday: Hello Kitty(!) at 40

Hello Kitty is 40 years old. How did this happen? I remember first encountering Hello Kitty’s visage in a puffy sticker pack belonging to my sister. Then she appeared on purses, backpacks, notebooks, clothes, cards, and soon celebrities began to...

The Rumpus Weekly Review of Books

Women in Clothes, the sexism of Haruki Murakami, and poems about Gertrude Stein and desire.

If Time Were an Ocean

Omaha Courthouse Lynching of Will Brown, 1919. Public Domain. All I had was time, so for two solid weeks, I had meticulously followed the unfolding story in Ferguson, Missouri. An unnamed white law enforcement officer had killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown on August 9. Show More Summary

Hope, Friendship, and Intrigue: Nine Books to Keep You Company this Fall

Books make great friends; they can pick you up when you are down, teach you something new, or transport you to another time and place. Whether you are looking for something to restore your faith in humanity, spend some time with friends,...Show More Summary

The Fame Lunches

There is an obligatory and routine sanctimony to op-ed columns mourning the loss of the celebrity who didn't make it. These antics usually last about a week in which the repetition becomes numbing and something more lurid (a football player delivering knock out punch tho his wife for instance) takes over. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Dames, Games, and Ghosts

As we put the finishing touches on our October reading and our Best of the Books of the Month lists, our attention turns to November as we try to get a jump on reading for the next round. (This good...

Newswire: Marvel settles its longstanding dispute with Jack Kirby’s family

Marvel Comics and the family of Jack Kirby have settled their long-running dispute over the family’s rights to characters the legendary artist created for the company, just days before the Supreme Court was scheduled to consider the case. Show More Summary

The Dead and the Pre-Dead

“For obit writers, the whole world is necessarily divided into the dead and the pre-dead. That’s all there is.” The Paris Review interviews Margalit Fox, a senior writer for The New York Times, on the complicated art of obituaries.

Let's Trash Books

Like finally being asked out by the cute boy at school and then finding out he has really bad breath and no personality, Life in the Boomer Lane has lately been disappointed by a couple best-selling books. These are works of fiction that have glowing recommendations from readers and high marks from critics. Show More Summary

You Said It: Customer Reviews of Amazon's Best Books of the Month

Now it's your turn. Here's what a few Amazon customers are saying about five of the books we selected as the Best Books of September. We should point out that since all of these are books that our editors deemed...

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