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July 10, 2017

Stay Woken 0

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“Woken is the usual past participle of the verb wake in modern English, but in some historical and contemporary varieties the past tense form woke is also used as a past participle.” The Oxford English Dictionary offers notes on the more than 600 new words, phrases, and senses added to its lexicon this quarter, including […]

July 10, 2017

Taking Her Measure 0

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“What traits make Austen special, and can they be measured with data? Can literary genius be graphed?” The New York Times tackles the question of why, 200 years after her death, Jane Austen is still so popular. (One finding: the author“used intensifying words — like very, much, so — at a higher rate than other writers.”) See also: our […]

July 9, 2017

In the Thick of It 0

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Recommended Reading: Jeff VanderMeer‘s review of The Gift by Barbara Browning.

July 8, 2017

“Everyone sucks in some ways” 0

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Is it worth rediscovering Mary McCarthy? All the evidence points to yes.

July 7, 2017

Presto Manuscript 0

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“What a miracle to find this buried treasure in the archives. To think something as good as this has been lying around there gathering dust.” An unpublished picture book by Maurice Sendak has been found, reports The Guardian; Presto and Zesto in Limboland, co-written with Sendak’s longtime collaborator Arthur Yorinks, is slated for publication next year. We revisited Where […]

July 6, 2017

America the Beautiful in Books 1

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“Now I wrote until near dawn, wanting a map of the literary nation, a beautiful evocation of how we are truly a nation of village and city and prairie and brownstone, of Rockies and bayous and mesas. Novels give to every reader someone else’s home. Can we not see this – we of wonder and […]

July 6, 2017

Dead Hand Control 0

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“There is a term in the legal world for such instructions — dead hand control — and, although compliance has varied and enforceability is debatable, they have been attempted by artists from Franz Kafka to a Beastie Boy.”  The New York Times explores the potential impact of Edward Albee‘s will on his work, including his instruction […]

July 5, 2017

What Eats at You 0

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“Define your character’s obsession. Take that obsession and dig up all the language that surrounds it or alludes to it. Rewrite your story using as much of that language as possible.” Molly Prentiss for Amazon Author Insights on using personal preoccupations to bring your narratives to life.

July 5, 2017

Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again 0

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“I haven’t met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake. But you have to realize how o-l-d I am. I’m not likely to go to the same parties. Or many parties at all, to be frank.” Junot Diaz interviews Margaret Atwood for The Boston Review. We obviously recommend you read our […]

July 5, 2017

One Ring to Rule All Them Slots 0

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“The parties are pleased that they have amicably resolved this matter and look forward to working together in the future.” The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien and Warner Bros. have settled an $80 million lawsuit over the digital merchandising of products from The Lord of the Rings series, reports The New York Times. Of particular offense to […]