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Book Review: From Victorian England to the Women’s March, women taking to the street is political

Flâneuse is a book about a woman walking through cities. But it is also about reading and writing, seeing and being seen, youth and age, architecture, urban planning, rebellion, protest, romance, heartbreak, longing, and belonging. In...Show More Summary

A Life of Jonathan Swift, Beyond Satire

In his new biography “Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel,” John Stubbs explores the complex life of the man who penned “Gulliver’s Travels.”

A Novelist in Season

If authors can be seasonal, then Scottish writer Ali Smith is, to my mind, a summer novelist. Her fiction, even when it depicts upsetting events, has an Arcadian atmosphere reminiscent of As You Like It, as if her characters were wandering through a green glade on a sunny day. Show More Summary

Michelin Mix-Up Throws a Working-Class Bistro Into a Media Storm

Le Bouche à Oreille, a modest restaurant in central France, got an accolade intended for a high-end restaurant of the same name.

Poetry: A Range of Alter Egos and a Lifetime of Poetic Guises

In “Almost Complete Poems,” his latest attempt to earn the title poet, Stanley Moss reflects on his life, talents and quest for spiritual strength.

The Transcendent Power of Triangular Fiction

I believe that fiction should work on at least three levels of interpretation: The personal, the conceptual, and the philosophical. In other words, the shape of the core of great works of fiction must be triangular -- it must be emotional, cerebral, and sublime. The post The Transcendent Power of Triangular Fiction appeared first on The Millions.

Keeper Shelf: A Seditious Affair by KJ Charles

Squee from the Keeper Shelf is a new feature wherein we share why we love the books we love, specifically the stories which are permanent residents of our Keeper shelves. Despite flaws, despite changes in age and perspective, despite...Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with George Saunders

George Saunders discusses his new (and first) novel Lincoln in the Bardo, Donald Trump, and a comprehensive theory of literature.

Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

Obvious questions first! Is Pretty Face as good as Act Like It? Alas, no, I don’t think it is. It’s close, but not quite. The hero and heroine are tremendous, but the obstacles for the characters are not as seamlessly integrated into the story, and there are secondary characters in this book whose portrayals are inconsistent from chapter to chapter. Show More Summary

Funny Ha Ha?

How to be Really Funny Stolzenberg 1988 I’m not sure a book can tell you how to be funny, whoops, I mean really funny, but this book does. It literally tells you what is funny. Example: simple mindedness also known as a “nice way to say stupid”.  On the plus side, there are discussions about […]

Reader's Notebook: A Different Kind of Dystopian Novel

In Philip Roth’s 2004 alternative history, Charles Lindbergh is in the White House, cozying up to the Third Reich.

Income Disposal: Today’s best deals: Kindle sale, sous-vide, and more

Our friends from Kinja Deals are taking over Income Disposal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, The A.V. Club and Gizmodo Media Group may get a small share of the sale. Show More Summary

Books by Stephenie Meyer, M. O’Keefe, & More!

Amazon has some awesome Kindle Daily Deals today, such as Where’d You Go, Bernadette and The Girl With All the Gifts!

Bookish TeeFury Temptations Today

It looks like TeeFury is tempting us bookish folks with adorable shirt designs as part of today’s specials. So Many Books designed by risarodil   Rainbow Reader designed by wearviral. TeeFury shirts that are the daily special start at $11 (normally they start at $22) and are available in a range of sizes. My job now is to talk myself out of getting both of them.

Romance Wanderlust: The Manta Resort

Welcome back to Romance Wanderlust, in which I search the Internet for places that appeal to the romantic in us all. Please keep in mind that no matter how often I try, I can’t seem to get anyone to sponsor me to try these places out for myself. Show More Summary

Live Scream Today! 1:30pm ET!

I’m hosting another YouTube live hour of randomness today at 1:30pm ET! The window below will go live, most likely with my head frowning at the camera because the process baffles me each time. And! If you head over to the YouTube page, you can ask me questions in the live chat and make requests, too. Show More Summary

Whatcha Reading? February 2017 Edition

It’s February! And it’s also time for the post that often does some major damage to our TBR pile and our wallets. We hope all of you have been enjoying some good books. If you’re in a slump, though, maybe something in the comments will...Show More Summary

If the Resistance Fits

Fashion Dahlia Grossman-Heinze Image by Kelsey Fairhurst via CFDA Every February, fashionistas, editors, celebrities, and models descend on New York City to feast their eyes on the newest fashions. This is New York Fashion Week, a tastemaking...Show More Summary

The Book Review Podcast: Neil Gaiman’s Myths

Gaiman discusses “Norse Mythology”; Sarah Lyall talks about Ali Smith’s “Autumn”; and Nick Bilton on two new books about Silicon Valley.

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