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Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2018-01-19
“It’s important for African Americans to know their history and realize we come from people who have been interested in all sorts of things: intellectuals, artists, thinkers…” @JaniceRhoshalle talks to filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain: http://ow.ly/JFDJ30hS3GP  pic.twitter.com/QWu7NrnRFF

Source: SlatePublished on 2018-01-19
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Source: NYT BooksPublished on 2018-01-19
Forget the sophomore slump — Chloe Benjamin’s second novel, “The Immortalists,” has rocketed to No. 7 in its first week on sale.
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2018-01-19
Andrea K. Scott writes about New York City Gallery exhibitions by Sally Ross, Catherine Murphy, and more.
Source: Go Into The StoryPublished on 2018-01-19
Going beyond the edge of the Old World into the New World can be a terrifying experience, but a necessary one for the transformation process.

A poem by Christopher Logue:

“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We’re comfortable back here,” they said.“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We’re too busy,” they said.&ldq...
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2018-01-19
No one, no matter how well intentioned, should have access to the awesome power of a Doomsday Machine. http://ow.ly/21cV30hLioe  pic.twitter.com/nVKYNnJgWO

Source: Entropy MagazinePublished on 2018-01-19
During the first semester of my first year as a graduate student in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, in 1985, I took a class with Franco Moretti, who was then a visiting professor from Italy. He was considered one of the up-and-coming literary critics at the time and there was much excitement about his work. He was cool. He was hip. He hung out with the New Historicist and critical theory pr...
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2018-01-19
Andy Borowitz jokes that Donald Trump is fearful that American citizens will play the deciding role in ousting him from office in 2020.
Source: Chicago Review of BooksPublished on 2018-01-19
A common narrative persists around millennials who choose non-traditional employment: If you don’t follow the well-trod path (e.g., doctor, banker, lawyer, heir) you should, at the very least, be prepared for a difficult life, and accept that you had a choice—you just chose incorrectly. There is a counter-narrative, even more insidious, wherein the successful sell their privilege witho...
Source: NYT BooksPublished on 2018-01-19
A graphic reminder of the greatest secret to success as an author.
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2018-01-19
Core principles of Hasidism emerged from the revelation that that there was nowhere and nothing devoid of God’s presence. http://ow.ly/mErV30hLi9M  pic.twitter.com/c8S4Yq3nTY

Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2018-01-19
My review in @LAReviewofBooks of Ann Quin’s The Unmapped Country – this was without doubt the weirdest most uncompromising book I read last year. https://twitter.com/LAReviewofBooks/status/954201813288353794 …

Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2018-01-19
Jim Shepard on how movies exploit our desire to be lied to even as we feel we’re groping toward truth: http://ow.ly/VubK30hLiJZ  pic.twitter.com/axuOPjWlqh

Source: BibliokleptPublished on 2018-01-19
Fritz Eichenberg’s illustration for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Man of the Crowd” 

“The Man of the Crowd”


Edgar Allan Poe

Ce grand malheur, de ne pouvoir être seul. La Bruyère. IT was well said of a certain German book that “er lasst sich nicht lesen“—it does n...
Source: Guardian BooksPublished on 2018-01-19
Historian says prohibition, over passage detailing wartime murder of Jewish children by Ukrainian militia, is ‘utterly outrageous’

Leading British historian Antony Beevor has described a Ukrainian ban on his award-winning book Stalingrad as “utterly outrageous”.

The bestselling history, winner of the 1999 Samuel Johnson prize, tells of the battle for t...
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