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The Sketchbook Project is a collection of crowdsourced notebooks that is, according to its staff, the largest in the world. (Drawing by Lisa Foong, Courtesy The Sketchbook Project)
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“Post-Internet” artists use the Web as the basis for their work but don’t make a big deal about it. We’re beginning to see a similar turn in poetry: nyr.kr/198X4KM (Photograph by Kevin Winter/NBC Universal/Getty)
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Lee Siegel on Harper Lee’s second novel: “The worst that could happen would be for a mediocre ‘Watchman’ to make it seem that ‘Mockingbird’ was a fluke. In that case, ‘Mockingbird’ would be all the more remarkable.” nyr.kr/1vhqQkL (Photograph by Rob Carr/AP)
An illustration by Tom Gauld: nyr.kr/1xzISot
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A new book on the "Star Wars" franchise reveals that Christopher Walken was originally cast as Han Solo and George Lucas studied briefly with Jean-Luc Godard. Joshua Rothman interviews the author. (Photograph via Everett)
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A one-time-only archeology book club shares the specifics of their mysterious profession. (Photograph by Patrick Zachmann/Magnum)
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New titles to look out for this month.
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Publishers Weekly’s Books of the Week: Did you just finish another great book? Not to worry! Publishers Weekly just announced their picks of the week! This week you will find classic pieces such as The Wall by H.G. Adler and new fiction such as Enter Pale Death by Barbara Cleverly. #InspireReaders
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Nuruddin Farah discusses his work: “It is one thing to feel at home in a place; it is altogether another matter to set one’s fiction there.”
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Nuruddin Farah discusses his short story in this week’s issue: “ It has been a deliberate decision for me to set novels and stories out of my country, evidence, perhaps, that I do not think Somalia is...
“Finding oneself beautiful when one is not: Is that not the next best thing to actually being beautiful?” Amanda Filipacchi reflects. (Photograph by Elliott Erwitt / Magnum)
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"The Looks You're Born With and the Looks You're Given," by Amanda Filipacchi in The New Yorker. An interesting personal essay about the power of beauty in our society and its interception with self-perception.
"Certain lines we read, and reread, are like captions to the city—presentiments engraved into the asphalt." Valeria Luiselli looks at New York City from the inside out. (Photograph by Thomas Hoepker/Magnum)
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At the New Yorker, Valeria Luiselli gives us an essay in defense of monuments, libraries, park benches, daughters, Dickinson, and ‘simplicissimusses’:
“You hear the neighbors, know them, like them, or feud with them, but the default wish of every apartment dweller is to try to forget, whenever possible, that they exist.” Thomas Beller reflects on every Manhattan apartment's "Napoleon complex." (Photograph © Gail Albert-Halaban/Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery)
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In Elizabeth McKenzie's short story in this week's issue, a woman wakes up in a version of her childhood bedroom, but instead of her family, the house is populated by large beasts. The author discusses her inspiration.
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A rare early translation of the book first titled “Camera Obscura” shows that Nabokov was indeed capable of writing a second-rate novel, John Colapinto writes.
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Adelle Waldman defends a literary form: "Before we rush to condemn whole-hog the novel’s supposedly obsolete conventions ... we ought look at how they function and what they do well." (Illustration by Min Heo)
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Tim Parks discusses his new short story: “Let’s say that the distance fiction allows ... enables me to meditate on experiences close to home, on characters like myself, like my father, without being swept away by them.”
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"It is in the nature of waltzes that we cannot foretell their duration ahead of time. Waltzing to delirium, we might think that they never end. And then the music stops. It happened on Saturday for Strand, a great poet and a kind man." Dan Chiasson remembers the poet Mark Strand. (Photograph by Chris Felver / Getty)
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New York Times: Nov. 30, 2014 - Obituary: Mark Strand, Pulitzer-winning poet laureate, dies at 80
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet laureate Mark Strand died on Saturday.
On December 2nd, Christie's will auction off a copy of Don DeLillo's novel "Underworld" with more than 400 pages of annotations by the author. Take a look at a few of the notes, and read DeLillo's reflections on a “somewhat grudging experience” that turned into “several days of pure pleasure.” (Photograph courtesy the PEN American Center)
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In Kenneth Goldsmith’s new creative-writing course, students can watch porn, visit nefarious right-wing sites, and troll celebrity Twitter feeds: “If it is on the Internet, it is fair play.” nyr.kr/1xzVicn (Illustration by Rachel Levit)
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Why I am Teaching a Courses Called "Wasting Time on the Internet" The vast amount of the Web’s language is perfect raw material for literature.
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«The idea for this class arose from my frustration with reading endless indictments of the Web for making us dumber. I’ve been feeling just the opposite. We’re reading and writing more than we have in a generation, but we are reading and writing differently—skimming, parsing, grazing, bookmarking, forwarding, retweeting, reblogging, and spamming language—in ways that aren’t yet recognized as literary». Ilustración de Rachel Levit.
Hisham Matar on the writer Virginia Woolf: “All great writing is infected with silence, but it is very rare indeed to observe a master wielding that vacuum blankness of the unsaid with such elegant precision.” nyr.kr/1pMWrO5 (Photograph courtesy Heritage Images via Getty)
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On 28th March 1941, 59-year-old visionary feminist writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) walked into the river Ouse with stones in her pockets and drowned herself. A note to her husband Leonard said: “Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. We can’t go through another of those terrible times. I can’t fight any longer. I can’t go on spoiling your life. I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been. V.”
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New fiction by Dave Eggers in this week's issue: “There is proud happiness, happiness born of doing admirable things in the light of day ... Then there is the happiness of one’s personal slum.” Read more: nyr.kr/1tThf4w
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“The Empties” takes place three years from now, after a nationwide blackout. Author Jess Row discusses what inspired his short story: nyr.kr/1pQ7fVU (Photograph by Yasu + Junko)
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From Part II of Gary Shteyngart’s book tour diary: “A young woman told me that fifty per cent of the authors she’s met have committed suicide. She mentioned two of my favorite writers. I feel nervous tonight.” nyr.kr/1tfgmVm (Illustration by Ping Zhu)
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Dan Chiasson on Claudia Rankine’s latest: “Generally, in lyric poems, we expect the past to return with uncanny vividness in the changed context of the present. ... In ‘Citizen,’ the past has never receded in the first place.” nyr.kr/1sEKEyT (Illustration by Patrick Morgan / Reference from Margarita Corporan)
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Poet Claudia Rankine examines race in America.
Claudia Rankine: "Citizen: An American Lyric" (Graywolf) a book length poem about race and the imagination.
Like her husband, Sofiya Tolstoy criticized the sexual double standard, but she was far more sympathetic to women: nyr.kr/1yVyKpx (Photograph courtesy Popperfoto / Getty)