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July 26, 2017

Where Randomness and Madness Reign 0

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I couldn’t help but feel that the narrator was wearing brass knuckles spelling out “postmodern” and trying, repeatedly, to punch me in the face.

July 25, 2017

The Other Bill of Rights 0

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“I can read whatever I want. No one can stop me. I can help other people read what they want. And no one can stop them.” Zoe Fisher for The Rumpus about being “a horny queer teenager” who found her home in libraries. Pair with a controversial piece from our own pages this week by Douglas Koziol, a […]

July 25, 2017

The Church of Reformed Libertines 1

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What would a “Goodbye to All That” look like in reverse? Probably a long toke in Dolores or Griffith Park, and then a “meh” when someone asked what you thought of all that hustle and bustle, the concrete and steel.

July 25, 2017

Insult to Insult 0

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“Who was Bret Easton Ellis describing when he tweeted: ‘The best example of a contemporary male writer lusting for a kind of awful greatness that he simply wasn’t able to achieve’?” The Guardian has a delicious quiz of literary putdowns. And speaking of fighting, let’s talk about books about violence.

July 25, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Alexievich; Hall; Phillips; Melamed; Scott 0

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Out this week: The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich; Madame Zero by Sarah Hall; Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips; Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed; and Careers for Women by Joanna Scott. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

July 25, 2017

Apocalypse Then: Meet the Original Rapture Novels 11

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Whether I believed the Antichrist would actually posses a ruby laser ring that harnessed the power of the sun into “a devastating laser beam of destruction” that could wipe out buildings in a poof, I definitely believed the Antichrist would show up and have lots of tricks up his sleeve. And I didn’t want to stick around for it. I wanted to be raptured.

July 24, 2017

Remembering Denis Johnson 0

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“He believed it a privilege and a shame that his race and nationality gave him the chance to come and go from lands where a guillotine blade seemed to dangle forever over the local citizens.” Denis Johnson‘s longtime Esquire editor Will Blythe pens a remembrance of the writer for The New York Times. See also: our own Sonya Chung‘s recommendation […]

July 24, 2017

Librarians on the Front Lines 0

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“There are times it’s happening multiple times a day. Not too long ago, we had two in the same restroom at the same time. We call security, security calls paramedics. Of course they always find somebody lying there.” Samantha Sanders writes for Catapult about the epidemic of opioid overdoses in public libraries, and what some librarians […]

July 24, 2017

Heretics in the Marketplace 0

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The ballot box was now obsolete, supplanted by a vast, continual referendum that had rendered political institutions little more than speed bumps on the road to market efficiency.

July 24, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: July 2017 1

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2017 is a banner year for poetry: debuts, new takes by established authors, and collections that span careers.