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September 12, 2017

Can’t We Go Back to Page One 0

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A memoir by Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne shows a writer frustrated at how his creation undermined his adult literary cred. Republished 70 years after it went out of print, It’s Too Late Now reveals a trapped Milne wishing for more control over his own narrative: “I wanted to escape from [children’s books] as I had […]

September 12, 2017

Tuesday New Release Day: Krauss; Szabó; Yamashita; Locke; Hasbún; Rowe; Olukotun; Ng 0

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Out this week: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss; Katalin Street by Magda Szabó; Letters to Memory by Karen Tei Yamashita; Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke; Affections by Rodrigo Hasbún; A Loving, Faithful Animal by Josephine Rowe; After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun; and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview.

September 12, 2017

Edgar Allan Poe Was a Broke-Ass Freelancer 6

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For his entire oeuvre—all his fiction, poetry, criticism, lectures—Poe earned only about $6,200 in his lifetime, or approximately $191,087 adjusted for inflation.

September 11, 2017

Haunted by Ghosts: The Millions Interviews Jesmyn Ward 0

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I’m always thinking about how black people survive.

September 11, 2017

Must-Read Poetry: September 2017 1

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Isn’t that one of the purest goals of poetry—to justify our breaths? To recognize that we matter?

September 10, 2017

Moral Fiber 0

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Recommended: this reading list for parents who want to raise good kids.

September 9, 2017

The Enemy 0

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“From its earliest origins, Western literature questioned the values of the society that produced it.” On a new book about the value of Greek myth in our time.

September 8, 2017

Awarding Ageism 0

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“Make no mistake: if you run a prize, a “best of” list, a residency, with age guidelines you can’t fully justify then, however otherwise diverse your awardees, you and your organisation are consolidating racism, sexism, class and gender discrimination.” Joanna Walsh for The Guardian arguing that, by focusing on youth, literary awards and honors tend to reward “those […]

September 8, 2017

Iris Murdoch and the Limits of Language 3

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Words simply don’t do justice to any memory, argument, or work of fiction concocted in the mind. Language is an inadequate but necessary solution for addressing our disparate versions of reality.

September 7, 2017

A Girl with an Expiration Date: On Heather Harpham’s ‘Happiness’ 0

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When you’re living through watch-it-through-your-fingers reality what makes for good escapism? I’d like to make the case for a memoir about life with a mortally ill child. And let me add: I am a new mother.