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American Lit’s Superagent Lets Loose

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At the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, Andrew Wylie “call[ed] Amazon ‘the equivalent of ISIS,’ 50 Shades of Grey ‘one of the most embarrassing moments in Western culture,’ and self-publishing ‘the aesthetic equivalent of telling everyone who sings in the shower they deserve to be in La Scala’.”

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What’s Different – And Challenging – About Being Black In The Publishing World?

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“That essay Langston [Hughes] wrote, ‘The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain’ — I’m thinking of both sides of his argument in that. One is that obviously you’re always a black writer, but also you have to work with your gifts first and shut that out when you’re actually composing. What do you guys think? That’s how I approach it, but it might be naïve.”

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75 Years Of Live Literature At The 92nd Street Y

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“Seventy-five years ago on Sunday, writer William Carlos Williams helped inaugurate what would become this country’s most famous literary reading series, at New York’s 92nd Street Y Poetry Center.” (includes audio clips)

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The Time France’s Cultural Minister Forgot To Read Any Of The Books By France’s Nobel Prize Winner

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“She admits: ‘I’ve no problem in confessing that I’ve not had any time to read for the past two years. I read a lot of notes, a lot of legislative texts, news, AFP stories, but I read very little,’ squirming when it was noted that a culture minister might, well, enjoy partaking of a novel or two here or there.”

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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

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch jumps behind U2 at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood

“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

Nobel Prize winning economist Krugman talks to the audience during a conference about the current global crisis, in Sao Paulo

“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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