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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.

June 17, 2017

The Old Town 0

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“What knits together the families of Roth’s Newark are adults—some foreign-born but many the children of immigrants—who either experienced the insecurity and deprivation of the Old World themselves or heard stories about it from their own parents. What they want most is to find stability in a neighborhood, in a city, and in a country […]

June 16, 2017

Pop Quiz, Hot Shot 0

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In celebration of Bloomsday, The Guardian tests your Joyce knowledge with “16 questions for 16 June.” Pair with novelist Henriette Lazaridis‘s remembrance of Bloomsdays past.

June 16, 2017

Shopping’s Scrivener 0

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“I’m used to writing in very weird contexts.” Poet Brian Sonia-Wallace talks with Minnesota’s Star Tribune about his gig as the Mall of America’s first-ever writer in residence. Asked if he’ll go crazy during his several-day-long tenure, Sonia-Wallace answered “probably” (via Bookforum). Our own Marie Myung-Ok Lee had some opinions back when the residency was first announced.

June 16, 2017

Copyeditors Required 0

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“On Thursday, an uncorrected proof of her debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, with the writer’s name was misspelled as “JA Rowling”, became the muddled copy to fetch four figures at auction.” The Guardian presents a survey of famous literary typos and malapropisms. See also our own Edan Lepucki‘s interview with her beloved copyeditor Susan Bradanini […]

June 16, 2017

Men in Small Rooms: In Search of Dad Lit 3

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I’m a man performing a role that gets coded as feminine, and I might be assuaging my insecurities about occupying such a marginalized position by spinning elaborate fantasies of masculine intellect and profundity.