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June 20, 2017

Incredibly Big and Extremely Close 0

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“I have a big global voice, but a small local one, because I don’t want to be a target, and resent that in 2017, that’s still the only choice I get to have. I have a rule of leaving the party, or social space as soon as I see five white people drunk, because the […]

June 20, 2017

Parks and Read 0

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“The idea is to bring about a change in lifestyle of the young denizens of the city.” The Times of India reports that the Bhopal Runners Association is converting old parks around the city into green reading spaces with seating, wi-fi, and literary events. Less bookcentric but still a feat of public planning (and gentrification): New […]

June 20, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Baker; Sauma; Shawn; Moore; Moore 0

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Out this week: Our Little Racket by Anjelica Baker; Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma; Night Thoughts by Wallace Shawn; The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey Moore; and New Collected Poems by Marianne Moore. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

June 20, 2017

The King of Shopping Mall Surrealism 1

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McClanahan is not afraid to hold the royal and holy up alongside the mundane and banal. He cups them all together and the result is a book that is as tender as it is fierce.

June 19, 2017

They Put a Spell on Her 0

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“Maybe I could find some peace there, or a husband. Maybe it would be like going home.” Katherina Grace Thomas writes for Guernica about Nina Simone‘s three beautiful years in Liberia during the 1970s. See also: Bill Morris on the Hollywood biopic.

June 19, 2017

Presidential Library, Part Deux 0

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“That little book had such an impact. It changes the course of history. When you think about how sheer accident can change so much, it’s breathtaking.” A set of Luo-language books written by President Obama’s father are up for auction until today, reports The New York Times. Written for the East African Literature Bureau,“the series uses […]

June 19, 2017

Two Writers, One Marriage: The Millions Interviews Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash 1

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Just watching someone work at something so hard, putting years into it and going through really challenging moments with it because it’s a vital part of her life—it’s impossible for me to feel jealousy or to feel threatened.

June 19, 2017

Do Not Lick the Books 0

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Designboom has your library porn for the day. Pair with Daniel Penev‘s appreciation of public libraries the world ’round.

June 19, 2017

Returning to My People: Reading Tayeb Salih in the Suburbs 1

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In the same finished basement in the northern Virginia home where I spent so much of my childhood—playing eight-bit video games at sleepovers, sneaking down to watch soft-core cable porn, sitting at an electric typewriter and writing absurdist stories about my classmates—my father now hosts monthly book club meetings with his Sudanese friends.

June 18, 2017

“We have so little time anyway” 0

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Recommended Reading: The Rumpus interviews John Grisham.