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A Night at the National Book Awards
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How A German Writer Made Peace With The Imprecision Of English
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Kim Stanley Robinson: We Have Come to a Bad Moment, and We Must Change
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Languages Cannot Be Assimilated or Colonized, for They Contain Multitudes
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Why I Turned From Writing Romantic Comedies to Thrillers
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Charles Bukowski Wrote So Fast His Publisher Couldn’t Keep Up
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A New Poem by Natalie Graham
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Garth Risk Hallberg on Updating His Debut Novella—10 Years Later
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What George Orwell Wrote About the Dangers of Nationalism
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Reclaiming A Beloved Writer From The Brink Of Disappearance
In early March 1995 I wrote a letter to Paul Horgan and sent it off to Middletown, CT, where—following a polymathic career as a teacher, novelist, historian, biographer, short story writer, critic, appreciator, museum president, children’s writer, tw
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In Praise of Sayaka Murata
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The Origin Story of an Iconic Adaptation: The Graduate
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Fiction/Non/Fiction: We’re All Russian, Now
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The 2017 National Book Award Winners Announced
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Lynn Melnick: “I Believe Words Possess a Magic Power to Make Change”
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David France Has Won the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction
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The Agony Of Waiting For A Text, Illustrated
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Dan Rather: In Search of What Unites Us from 35,000 Feet
The sun has set long ago and the sky is dark. I drive through a bustling metropolis, or a small town, or sometimes the lonely countryside. But there is one constant: My bags are packed and I am heading to an airport. I weave through busy city streets
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Min Jin Lee: Love in the New World
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Documenting a Legendary Publisher’s Final Project
Too few today are aware of what we owe Barney Rosset, whose legendary censorship battles smashed sexual taboos and blew open mid-century American culture. His Grove Press and its in-house Evergreen Review introduced millions of young intellectuals to
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Against Amazon: Seven Arguments, One Manifesto
I. Because I don’t want to be an accomplice to symbolic expropriation. For 55 years that building in Barcelona, one of city’s few examples of modern industrial architecture, was the head office of the publishers Gustavo Gili. Now, after a refurbishme
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Susan Sontag on Being a Writer: “You Have to Be Obsessed”
Yesterday, FSG published Susan Sontag’s Debriefing, a new collection of the writer’s short fiction. I’m always excited to read more of Sontag’s work—which is convenient, because it seems there’s always more to read. Sontag, who died in 2004, was rema
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Capitalism or Fascism: Which Has Shaped Italy More?
A recent television program dealt with how Italian children and young adults were educated under the Fascist regime of the 1920s and 30s. One of the questions raised was whether the totalitarian education of a generation had a profound effect in shap
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Meet Baillie Gifford Prize Finalist David France
The UK’s prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize, which seeks to honor the best of non-fiction every year, written by authors of any nationality, will announce its winner on November 16th. The winner, chosen from a shortlist of six, will receive a prize of
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Meet Baillie Gifford Prize Finalist Daniel Mendelsohn
The UK’s prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize, which seeks to honor the best of non-fiction every year, written by authors of any nationality, will announce its winner on November 16th. The winner, chosen from a shortlist of six, will receive a prize of
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5 Books Making News This Week: Dystopias, Daughters, and Debunking
The National Book Awards ceremony, hosted by Cynthia Nixon, will be livestreamed on Facebook November 15. Tune in for the winners (finalists’ interviews here), and Annie Proulx, who is being honored with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Am
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Orhan Pamuk: Taking Photographs in Istanbul
Translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap. In 1962, my father bought me a camera. My brother had been given one already, two years before. His was like a camera obscura, a black, metallic, perfectly square box, with a lens on one side and a glass scr
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You Can Never Go Back: On Loving Children’s Books as an Adult
I’ve never gotten over growing up. I must’ve longed to grow up at some point, I suppose, fantasizing about unknown, illicit future pleasures as all kids do—but once I’d done it, I quickly wished I hadn’t. When I see a pair of third graders slumping h
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Latin America’s Answer to Karl Ove Knausgaard
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” Gustave Flaubert Ricardo Piglia was an assiduous reader, that most embattled of today’s pastimes. He published a book
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The First Time I Saw Ice Was in the Jungle
When I go to the theatre I like to sit a good way back from the stage. There is no mystery to this. I’m afraid the moment might come when an actor comes down from the stage and chooses me, me—out of all the upturned faces of the members of the audien
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