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September 22, 2017

A Rare and Beautiful Creature: On the Life and Work of Frank Stanford 0

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It seems fair to suggest that the anxiety of influence—a creative necessity for so many poets—may have failed to penetrate the mobile-homed hamlets where Stanford roamed, rambled, mused, and wrote with prolific intensity.

September 21, 2017

Congratulations You Failed 0

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Can you pass this test given to black people registering to vote in America in 1964? No? Us either (via Book Riot).

September 21, 2017

Charlotte Mandell Lives Immersed in Words and Sound: The Millions Interview 0

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I love that feeling of the unknown before I translate a book. It’s what a reader feels when starting to read a book for the first time. You have no idea what’s in store for you, but you’re eager to find out. And invariably you find yourself changed by the time you reach the end.

September 21, 2017

And the Award Goes to… 0

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“Proulx’s deep reverence for the beauty and complexities of rural America has introduced millions of readers to the wide breadth of American life. Her commitment to crafting compassionate, honest stories has left an indelible mark on literature and created a powerful and enduring legacy.” Annie Proulx nabs the National Book Foundation’s lifetime achievement award. Check out […]

September 21, 2017

[REDACTED]: A Brief Hate Affair 12

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Oh, my friends!  Oh, the joy!  The sweet, delicious bliss of finding other readers who hate a book as much as you!

September 20, 2017

Karl Ove Knausgaard Shows You What Makes Life Worth Living 1

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Knausgaard doesn’t write here to understand, but to associate—to get close to truths larger than himself.

September 20, 2017

Uncanny Valley 0

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“I was performing an experiment. I wanted to see [how] one of the greatest minds in history would be affected by an experience he had never had before: imbibing a suitable dose of clinical LSD in a desert setting of great magnificence, and then adding to that various kinds of entertainment.” An oral account of […]

September 20, 2017

Just Another Award 0

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“Four years after first announcing the decision to open the prize to Americans, the Booker is virtually indistinguishable from its competitors. It is exactly what many feared it would become: corporate and daft.” Alex Shephard writing for The New Republic about why the Man Booker Prize isn’t interesting anymore. Still, should you want to know who’s shortlisted […]

September 20, 2017

Bringing Home Baby Reveals Life, Death, and Everything in Between 0

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How could I go on when human life begins and ends? How could I go on with such a clear idea of the finiteness of existence? How could I do something as simple as brushing my teeth and climbing into bed in a cool, dark room knowing that babies are born and people die?

September 19, 2017

Querying the Card Catalog 0

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Looking up a book title on Google? The search results now include listings at your local library, reports The Digital Reader. See also our own Jacob Lambert’s entreaty, “An Open Letter to the Person Who Wiped Boogers on My Library Book.”