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The Marvelous Words

Over at Catapult, Niina Pollari writes about translating Finnish literature in English. As she puts it, “If a thing you read gives you that sensation, it’s your responsibility to share the piece with someone.”

Hey NRA! Stop Using Sexual Assault As a Way to Push Guns on Campus

Saina Behnejad Photo of a 2011 protest against a campus carry law in Virginia. Photo by Michael Tefft (Creative Commons). When I first moved to Florida from the United Kingdom, for college, the concept of knowing someone who had been raped was foreign to me. Show More Summary

The Proust Book Club: The View From Age 38

Proust was 38 years old and in poor health when he started writing. He knew he did not have any time left to waste. He believed -- as it turned out, accurately -- that he was writing on deadline.

Swimming Across the Island

Hanya Yanagihara, the author of A Little Life, writes on reenacting a version of John Cheever’s short story “The Swimmer” by swimming across Martha’s Vineyard. As she explains it, “Swimming in the ocean is writing a novel; swimming in a pond is writing in a diary.” Pair with Nick Ripatrazone’s Millions essay on Cheever’s classic story.

The Retarded Reader

Understanding and Helping the Retarded Reader Strang 1965 Submitter: My local library has a small section on education help. Here is an ancient book from the proceedings of a conference on reading problems held in 1962. Scholarly, and not much help to a public patron who might be dealing with this issue. Holly: This is […]

Finish Your Novel

Sunil Yapa shares his ideas on how to find the time and money to finish a novel. Pair with Janet Potter’s Millions guide on finding the perfect title for that book in your drawer.

Even the Dead, by Benjamin Black (aka John Banville)

As we all know, John Banville is a masterful writer. And as Benjamin Black, he assumes the mantle of another masterful writer.  His latest noirish mystery is Even the Dead, which brings us Dublin pathologist Dr. Quirke and his foolhardy investigations into corruption among the holy and powerful in postwar Ireland. Show More Summary

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

On Our Radar Sarah Mirk We made it to Tuesday! Celebrate, celebrate. Want feminist news in your inbox every morning? Sign up at the link under this post. • This week opened on a treasure trove of Beyoncé think-pieces. Two gems from amid...Show More Summary

HaBO: Heroine Enjoys Hunting, But Man Does Not

Welcome to Tuesday, better known here as HaBO Day! HaBO, or “Help a Bitch Out,” is our attempt to reunite readers with romances that they can remember parts of, but not the important parts like the author’s name or the title. This HaBO...Show More Summary

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Courtney Allison reviews The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie today in Rumpus Books.

We Need More Diverse Oscar Nominations

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Eleventh Stack are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting books, music and movies by African American Artists. We also have a ton of great events and programs for children, teens and adults. You can view … Continue reading ?

'Violent Crimes,' A Conversation with Phillip Margolin

Photo: Anthony Georgis Phillip Margolin, a former criminal defense attorney who defended thirty murder cases, has written many New York Times bestsellers. He is well-known for his Amanda Jaffe and Brad Miller series, and for his many standalone novels. Violent Crimes is the next novel in the Amanda Jaffe series. Show More Summary

'Find Her,' A Conversation with Lisa Gardner

Photo: Philbrick Photography Lisa Gardner is one of the best-known names in all of thrillerdom. She's received praise from Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, among many others. With more than 22 million books in print, she's written an FBI profiler series; the Detective D.D. Show More Summary

The Best Literature & Fiction of February

Editorial Director Sara Nelson says that our top pick for Literature & Fiction this month, A Doubter's Almanac, "is the kind of epic story we’ve read before--it’s almost Biblical--and yet [Ethan] Canin makes it all seem new"...

Tuesday New Release Day: Wray; Tennant-Moore; Wink; Sorrentino; de Kerangal; Gustine; Barbery; Silva; Warlick; Enrigue; Amdahl

Out this week: The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray; Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore; Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink; The Fugitives by Christopher Sorrentino; The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal; You Should Pity Us Instead by Amy Gustine; The...Show More Summary

Transfigurations of Self and Soul: Four Essential Essay Collections

A masterful essay collection is a metered intellectual exercise. Here are four essay collections worth reading: writers who challenge, surprise, and eventually reward their readers for staying the course.

Ivory Tower: The Twain Shall Meet

Are religion and science locked in a zero-sum struggle for supremacy, or is there room for common ground?

‘Forty Rooms,’ by Olga Grushin

In Grushin’s novel, a woman who dreams of being a poet wrestles with compromise and heartbreak.

New Romancer by Peter Milligan and Brett Parson

New Romancer is a comic about a coder who accidentally brings Lord Byron to life and calls him on his shit while also harboring an intense crush on him. It has a fun story by Peter Milligan and fantastic art by Brett Parson. What’s not to like? Lexy works for an online dating company called New Romancer. Show More Summary

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