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Source: The RumpusPublished on 2018-10-18
With the publication of her first novel Nobody Is Ever Missing in 2014, Catherine Lacey’s evocative depictions of modern life established her as a powerful voice in fiction. A native of Mississippi, Lacey has since been recognized with a Whiting Award and was named one of Granta Magazine’s Best Young American Novelists in 2017. Her characters often find themselves in the aftermath of a...
 
Source: The RumpusPublished on 2018-10-18
The Queer Syllabus is a joint project from The Rumpus and Foglifter Press that allows writers to nominate works for a new canon of queer literature. When we identify our roots, when we point to the work that shaped us as writers and as people, we demonstrate that our stories are timeless, essential, and important—and so are we. New entries will run on Thursday, September through De...
 
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2018-10-18
FOR THIS INSTALLMENT in my ongoing series about second books of poetry — in which I typically pair a newly released sophomore volume with a second book published at least 20 years ago — I’ve decided to focus on two poets who, for different reasons, never published a second collection: Joan Murray (1917–1942) and Christopher Gilbert (1949–2007).

Murray, a n...
 
Source: Writer’s ReliefPublished on 2018-10-18
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Our Review Board is now open. Submit your prose, poetry, or book today! DEADLINE: Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Okay, writers—strap on your safety goggles and break out your sharpest red pencil. It’s time for dissection class, and pinned on your lab tray today is…a query letter! (Trust us, you don’t want to know ...
 
Source: Writer’s ReliefPublished on 2018-10-18
Submit To Our Review Board

Our Review Board is now open. Submit your prose, poetry, or book today! DEADLINE: Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Okay, writers—strap on your safety goggles and break out your sharpest red pencil. It’s time for dissection class, and pinned on your lab tray today is…a query letter! (Trust us, you don’t want to know ...
 
Source: The Digital ReaderPublished on 2018-10-18

Apple is holding another event in a couple weeks. This one will be located at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on the 30th, and is expected to cover a number of product refreshes, possibly including for the iPad Pro and for the defective 2018 Macbook Pro.

I am hoping for a mention of Apple Books, but that would be unlikely.

You just finished reading Apple Invites Media to...
 
Source: BibliokleptPublished on 2018-10-18
I have to admit that I had never heard of the Czech artist Jindřich Štyrský (1899-1942) until a review copy of something called Dreamverse arrived at Biblioklept World Headquarters a week or so ago. I was excited when I saw the package though—the book is from Twisted Spoon Press, and their books are always gorgeous and strange and fascinating. Dreamverse is...
 
Source: The Digital ReaderPublished on 2018-10-18
Amazon released a new Kindle firmware update on Tuesday alongside the new Paperwhite. The update, which surprisingly didn't download automatically, changes the layout for the Kindle's home screen, and it also gives users the option to save your preferred reading settings as a custom theme.

You can see the new home screen at right. It is now about twice as long, and you can scroll...
 
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2018-10-18
THE CENTENNIAL OF Leonard Bernstein’s birth has inspired lavish, seemingly unending celebrations around the world — concerts, museum exhibits, and competing biopics starring Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal extolling the musical genius of the great conductor, composer, and showman. But there is one clear-eyed insider’s view that should not be missed: a new memoir from the maest...
 
Source: The RumpusPublished on 2018-10-18
Thursday 10/18: Northwest Academy invites Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of A Kind of Freedom, to read from her latest work. Plaza Building, 6:30 p.m., free.

John Kaag reads from his latest book, Hiking With Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Blackonteurs—Portland’s black storytelling collective—presen...
 
Source: Literary HubPublished on 2018-10-18
Anthea Bell, beloved English translator of W. G. Sebald, Stefan Zweig, Cornelia Funke, Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, E. T. A. Hoffmann, and the Asterix comics, among others, died this morning at the age of 82. She translated primarily French and German, but also taught herself Danish to re-translate Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales.

As Will Self told The Guardian, &ld...
 
Source: The MillionsPublished on 2018-10-18
Ten years ago, Kirsten Lunstrum was leading a life many young writers would kill for. Having published two well-regarded story collections before she turned 30, Lunstrum landed a tenure-track teaching job in the creative writing program at State University of New York at Purchase, the arts campus of the SUNY system.

But in 2012, homesick for her native Seattle, Lunstrum and her husband...
 
Source: Crooked TimberPublished on 2018-10-18
I’ve been waiting for this paper to drop, ever since Suresh told me about it last year. It’s groundbreaking. What it does is to take Steve Teles’ qualitative work on the conservative legal movement, and then ask a simple question: if we start with the qualitative evidence about the program’s intentions, then FOIA the hell out of George Mason University to find out which jud...
 
Source: Entropy MagazinePublished on 2018-10-18
Featured Image Credit: Hungry Robin by Peter Trimming via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The ruckus? An agitated robin, incapable of full flight in the tight quarters of our house, flitted from window sill to counter edge to the light fixture over our dining room table, the beating of its wings like erratic breaths as it sort-of-flew toward the window, hopeful that could be a way out. It wasn&rsqu...
 
Source: Writer’s ReliefPublished on 2018-10-18
Look back on your literary education and you’ll find it filled with classics—all featuring male protagonists and women relegated to the sidelines. To get a different perspective, Writer’s Relief found this blogger’s list on bustle.com that offers modern reads that challenge the classics:

If you were anything like me as a teen—nerdy, bookish, and just begi...
 
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