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Is Transrealism The First Major Lit Genre Of The 21st Century?

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“This proliferation of the fantastic in contemporary fiction has at times been described as the “mainstreaming of science fiction”. But sci-fi continues on much as it ever has, producing various escapist fantasies for readers who want time out from reality. And of course there’s no shortage of purely realist novels populating Booker prize lists and elsewhere.”

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We Have Two Rivals For 2014 Word Of The Year

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“Described as ‘beautifully British’, the ‘subtle yet devastating’ put-down overshare was today named word of the year by the Chambers Dictionary. Collins, however, has plumped for photobomb as its choice, citing the words 100% increase in usage over the past year.”

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How Countess Tolstoy Answered Her Husband’s Most Notorious Novella

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“There are two novellas by Sofiya: Whose Fault?, the story of a jealous husband who murders his innocent wife, and Song Without Words, about a depressed married woman who becomes obsessed with a composer and his music, and eventually checks herself into a ‘nerve clinic.’ Song Without Words is a response to The Kreutzer Sonata; Whose Fault? is a systematic rebuttal.”

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Paul Krugman Is Deeply Over Amazon And Its Defenders

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“The desirability of new technology, or even Amazon’s effective use of that technology, is not the issue. After all, John D. Rockefeller and his associates were pretty good at the oil business, too — but Standard Oil nonetheless had too much power, and public action to curb that power was essential. And the same is true of Amazon today.”

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Sometimes, Adults Read And Enjoy Young Adult Books, And That’s Just Fine

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“The books and conversation also serve as a continuation of my education. Not only do I feel an intense connection with my earlier, often more vulnerable and intensely curious self, I also feel that I’ve been given access to a pure form of the complications involved with being young, now filtered through the compassion, perceptions (and barnacles) of my older self.”

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Now There’s Even A Prize For Roman Catholic Lit ($25,000, No Less)

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The George W. Hunt Prize, sponsored by the Jesuit magazine America and Yale’s St. Thomas More Chapel, stipulates that nominees “should be familiar with the Roman Catholic tradition … [and] be a person of sound moral character and reputation and must not have published works that are manifestly atheistic or morally offensive.” (Good luck to the jurors on hashing that out.)

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What Does It Take To Get Translated Into English, A Nobel Prize?

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“As soon as the Nobel Prize in Literature was announced on Thursday, people started asking the inevitable question: Who is Patrick Modiano? … Here, let’s raise another question: Why is it that, so often, when a Nobel Prize is awarded to a non-American writer, readers in the U.S. – even the most well-read and cosmopolitan among us – find themselves drawing a blank?”

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“High Times” At 40: Can An Outlaw Magazine Survive The Mainstreaming Of Marijuana?

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“It had always been the place where dopers gathered to gaze at photos of 9-foot-tall plants and truncheon-sized joints; to advertise their homemade pipeware; and, not least, to flip their collective bird at the man. … But lately weed doesn’t feel all that countercultural. And fewer weed smokers self-identify as outlaws. … Does the world still need High Times when square-ass Slate is running vape reviews?” Totally, say the editors.

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National Book Awards Finalists

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The prominent literary prize narrowed its nominees to 20 writers — a mix of heavyweights and many new ones. And across the Atlantic, Richard Flanagan won Britain’s biggest award, the Man Booker Prize.

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London, Urban Cesspool And Cradle Of English Slang

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“Slang’s literary origins are widespread and ever-expanding. Its social roots, however, are narrow and focused: the city. … London’s chroniclers had always noted the urban vocabularies, though none before the eighteenth century had rendered their discoveries lexicographical.”

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It’s Totally Unfair That Americans Are Included In The Booker Prize, Says Australian Author Who’s Already Won It Twice (And Lives In New York)

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Peter Carey: “I find it unimaginable that the Pulitzer or the National Book award people in the United States would ever open their prizes to Brits and Australians. They wouldn’t. … The old Booker had a particular cultural flavour. … There was and there is a real Commonwealth culture. It’s different. America doesn’t really feel to be a part of that.”

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David Sedaris Explains How To Overcome Writer’s Block

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“There are a lot of college writing textbooks that will include essays and short stories, and after reading the story or essay, there will be questions such as ‘Have YOU Had any experience with a pedophile in YOUR family?’ or ‘When was the last time you saw YOUR mother drunk?’ and they’re just really good at prompting stories.”

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This (Male) Novelist Read Only Women Writers For Three Years

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“From Marguerite Duras, I learned that fragmentation is a way of breaking something so that it can describe something the whole cannot. From Christa Wolf, that inserting yourself and the circumstances of your life into a myth can transform the myth and your sense of yourself. I learned the power of prosody from Toni Morrison.”

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