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Source: NYT BooksPublished on 2019-01-21
Calvin Trillin has turned his heartbroken memoir into a stage play that reincarnates his beloved wife and muse.
 
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-01-20
Louisa Thomas writes on the strength of the women’s professional tennis tour, as highlighted by the defeat of Amanda Anisimova, a rising star, at the hands of Petra Kvitová, at the Australian Open.
 
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-01-20
Amy Davidson Sorkin outlines the reasons for an American to care about Brexit, including the threat to Ireland and other European countries and the fear of populism.
 
Source: The Digital ReaderPublished on 2019-01-20
 When I wrote earlier today that I was disappointed by the specs of the Mobiscribe, I did not have this ereader in mind.

The Onyx Boox Poke is a smaller device, but aside from the OS and the touchscreen, in many ways it has much better specs than the Mobiscribe.

This is a full-fledged Android ereader running Android 4.4 on a multi-core 1.2GHz CPU with 1GB RAM and ...
 
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2019-01-20
IN FALL 2016, residents of a mostly working-class county in the Pennsylvania coal region were about to play a critical role in impacting the course of United States history. Nobody — least of all the residents themselves — could fully appreciate how much power they had when they entered the voting booth on that day in November. I know, because I was one of them.

I’ve ...
 
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-01-20
Isaac Chotiner speaks with Jill Abramson about her new book, “Merchants of Truth,” and about the New York Times and the state of journalism.
 
Source: Entropy MagazinePublished on 2019-01-20
Around 2005, pop-punk’s glorious infusion with emo sensibilities and subject matter reached its artistic (and commercial) peak. With albums like Motion City Soundtrack’s Commit This To Memory, The Starting Line’s Based On A True Story, and Copeland’s excellent pop-punk foray In Motion, 2005 was a loud, triumphant year. That being said, “emo pop-punk” (if such a ...
 
Source: NYT BooksPublished on 2019-01-20
Boom! Studios will reboot Buffy and friends with a new look at their pre-college days.
 
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2019-01-20
DECEMBER 10 MARKED the 70th anniversary of the United Nations’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Since 1948 the date has been observed as Human Rights Day, and this year I celebrated it in Geneva at a conference where academics and lawyers reflected on the document and its legacy. Throughout, I observed the phenomenon of UDHR-worship, this troubling tendency to h...
 
Source: NYT BooksPublished on 2019-01-20
On Friday, as the beloved store’s shelves approached emptiness before it relocates, it brought in the playwrights Annie Baker and Amy Herzog for a reading.
 
Source: BibliokleptPublished on 2019-01-20
Untitled, 2013 by Koen De Cock

 
Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-01-20
Pete Davidson has been largely absent from Saturday Night Live for the last couple of months. The 25-year-old comedian has had a tabloid spotlight trained on him since June 2018, when his engagement to pop star Ariana Grande became the story of the summer. Davidson, whose comedic approach is raw and personal, would often stop by SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment to joke about the vo...
 
Source: Guardian BooksPublished on 2019-01-20
A book editor in 80s New York unearths some unsavoury secrets in an enjoyable but overlong ‘family noir’Before Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins there was Douglas Kennedy, the original maestro of “family noir”. For the past two decades Kennedy has been entertaining readers with barrelling novels in which a parent, sibling or spouse is often the devil in disguise. His latest, ...
 
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2019-01-20
I. Introduction

American schools could become everything that all parents want for their children: enlightened places that reliably challenge students to become their best selves and thus eventually to develop into productive citizens. Unfortunately, this is not the reality that now exists. We — citizens, parents, educators, and students — know that the actual state of thin...
 
Source: Fiction UniversityPublished on 2019-01-20
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Each week, I’ll offer a tip you can take and apply to your WIP to help improve it. They’ll be easy to do and shouldn’t take long, so they’ll be tips you can do without taking up your Sunday. Though I do reserve the right to offer a good tip now and then that will take longer—but only because it would apply to the entire manuscrip...
 
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