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October 11, 2016

To Open Borders: ‘Him, Me, Muhammad Ali’ 0

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If you haven’t read Randa Jarrar, it’s time to.

October 10, 2016

A Defense of Radical Selfishness 1

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Fear of Flying still has radical lessons to offer.   

October 9, 2016

What Happens at Pogofest Stays at Pogofest 0

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“Wasn’t Pogofest the type of idea barely solvent towns pay marketing consultants millions of dollars to avoid? Who was Pogofest supposed to appeal to, besides—thirty years after the fact—me? I pose the question to Janice Parks, a former city commissioner. ‘Well, look what a rat did for the wasteland of Central California,’ she says.” A […]

October 9, 2016

A Really Quick Exorcism 0

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It’s that time of the week wherein I remind you about the hilarious series over at Electric Literature, “Ted Wilson Reviews the World.” This week, Ted tries his best to remain impartial while reviewing that one sneeze he had: “The sneeze I had came on so quickly I didn’t have time to put my hand over […]

October 8, 2016

Virtual Fictitious Reality 0

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“In his column, Manjoo goes on to call out virtual reality for being ‘a lonely, anti-social affair’—but, hey, isn’t that what reading a novel used to be? I mean, before we figured out how to make books ping and arouse competitive instincts by flagging favorite passages of readers who got there before we did. (I […]

October 8, 2016

Keeping Up 0

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It’s extremely difficult to keep up with all of the books being published each day, so many thanks to the New York Times for this list of the latest in science fiction and fantasy. Now seems like as good a time as any to remind you about our Great Second-Half of 2016 Book Preview since we still […]

October 7, 2016

Shape Beneath Color: The Impressionistic Wonders of ‘To the Lighthouse’ 2

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In Woolf’s hands, impressionism permits the interior life to float through the narrative like black ink in a basin of water, creating slowly shifting forms rather than hard lines, which seems about right if the goal is to explore the amorphous nature of the inner self.

October 7, 2016

Did You Say Sudoku 0

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“Tsundoku: the acquiring of reading materials followed by letting them pile up and subsequently never reading them.” Do you buy books and let them languish? According to Ozy, there’s a Japanese word for that. Might we encourage your tsundoku habit by encouraging you to look at this list of our favorite October releases?

October 7, 2016

The Other Folio: On the Legacy of Ben Jonson 1

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Outside of academic circles, where there has been a resurgence in interest, Jonson is a distant third in the contemporary popular imagination about the time period, after canonical William Shakespeare and sexy Christopher Marlowe.

October 7, 2016

Post-Apocalypse Now 0

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“I’ve turned paranoid lately. When I’m in an airport, I look at the people around me at the gate, trying to suss out who might make a good ally if things went bad. I carry two plastic tubs full of warm clothes, hiking boots, and first-aid supplies in the back of my Subaru at all […]