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February 17, 2012

Stephen King Picks Hesh Kestin 0

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As part of World Book Night, a UK event designed to bring attention to books for adult readers, a number of famous authors have chosen books that they would recommend to readers. Stephen King’s selection was Hash Kestin’s small press effort The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats. Published by upstart Dzanc Books in the U.S. […]

February 17, 2012

Dancing with Memory: On Brian Castro’s Shanghai Dancing 4

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Put simply, Shanghai Dancing is the best contemporary book in English that most Americans have never heard of.

February 17, 2012

My Neighbor, the Poet Laureate 0

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Poets & Writers magazine has posted my interview with my Brooklyn neighbor and U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, along with a lovely recording of him reading his poem “The Mercy.” It’s worth a listen.

February 17, 2012

The Moth Wins MacArthur Award 1

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Among the institutions that have just won MacArthur Awards are The Moth, for promoting the art and craft of storytelling, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, for engaging the public and sparking policy change.

February 17, 2012

Anthony Shadid Dies in Syria 0

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It was shocking to find that New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid had died, of an asthma attack of all things, while reporting in Syria, especially when he’s put himself in harm’s way so many other times and emerged unscathed. Tyler Hicks, the Times photographer who was with Shadid when he died and who escorted […]

February 17, 2012

Crime Pays: Jo Nesbø Talks about Killing Harry Hole and the Best Job in the World 17

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I had worked as a taxi driver, a stockbroker. A fishing trawler. I had many kinds of jobs. And I know this is the greatest job that you can have. To actually get up in the morning and people are paying you to do what you really want to do. To come up with these stories.

February 16, 2012

Mon Semblable, Mon Frere 0

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In a 6,000 word essay for The Point, founding editor Jon Baskin wades into the personal and professional psychodrama of the Franzen–Wallace friendship. Beneath the public surface, finds deep questions about the “novel of the self,” the “novel of society,” and the life worth living.

February 16, 2012

Dreaming of J.M. Synge 8

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The Synge I’d come to know needed to have an adventure to open himself up to his life, to experience risk and fear and sickness and find out that he was stronger than he thought he was. I realized that the version of Synge I’d come to know and love was actually me.

February 16, 2012

Jennifer Egan and Personal Writing 0

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Jennifer Egan recently spoke with Willing Davidson, fiction editor of The New Yorker, as part of Rewiring the Real, a yearlong series of podcasts with writers about the interplay of literature, technology and religion. Rachel Hurn, a former Millions intern, was there and noted Egan’s ambivalence towards “personal writing.” [Updated to correct the quote] “If […]

February 16, 2012

Dubus on Love and Class 0

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At The New Republic, Andre Dubus III, whose memoir Townie just came out in paperback, riffs on “love in class-riven America.”