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The Greatest American Novel You’ve Never Heard Of

In one of those few gratifying instances of belated artistic justice, John Williams’s “Stoner” has become an unexpected bestseller in Europe after being translated and championed by the French writer Anna Gavalda. Once every decade or so, someone like me tries to do the same service for it in the …

Keith Olbermann Obliterates The Sochi Olympics In One Amazing Segment

If you haven’t been paying much attention, The Sochi Winter Olympics are about to get underway and they’re a f*cking nightmare. Sports outlets have been reporting all the double toilet, dog hunting nonsense that is going on at the moment, but Keith Olbermann compiles them all into this one perfect …

Mark Twain hated God

<b>(AP)</b><p>Exclusive: Great American humorist also had ideas for how to improve tech support, in this excerpt from his memoir<p>Mark Twain<p>September 29, 2013 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Extracted from “Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2″<p><i>Tuesday, June 19, 1906</i><p><b>About the character of God, as represented in the New and the Old</b> …

Jonathan Franzen on the 19th-Century Writer Behind His Internet Skepticism

His new book translates works by Karl Kraus, whose misgivings toward progress mirror Franzen's belief that technology can be "very harmful" to artistic production.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b><p>In our conversation for this …

He Told the Truth About His Time

“To me, O’Hara is the real Fitzgerald.”—Fran Lebowitz, <i>The Paris Review</i>, 1993<p>Born in 1905 in Pennsylvania coal country, the son of a small-town doctor, John O’Hara leapt to prominence with his first novel, <i>Appointment in Samarra</i> (1934), about the downfall of a car dealer in the fictional town of …

The Last Night of the World

One of twelve short stories the late science-fiction legend wrote for Esquire. And, weirdly, perhaps the most lasting.<p><i>Originally published in the February 1951 issue of Esquire</i><p><b>"What would you do</b> if you knew this was the last night of the world?"<p>"What would I do; you mean, seriously?"<p>"Yes, …

On the Thomas Pynchon Trail: From the Long Island of His Boyhood to the ‘Yupper West Side’ of His New Novel

<b>Let’s get a few things straight.</b> First of all, it’s pronounced “Pynch-ON.” Second, the great and bewildering and, yes, very private novelist is not …

“Buck”: A teen drug dealer finds solace in words

<b>M. K. Asante</b><p>M.K. Asante’s memoir, “Buck,” marks the debut of a remarkable talent almost lost to drugs, crime and violence<p>Laura Miller<p>September 1, 2013 9:00pm (UTC)<p>Memoirs, especially memoirs about hard childhoods, have somehow gotten a bad rap, but there's still no story quite as universal, in its …

10 Literary Authors You Didn’t Know Wrote Science Fiction

It’s common wisdom that in the last decade “literary” writers have fully embraced genre fiction. Whether it’s zombies (Colson Whitehead’s <i>Zone One</i>), …

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100 Best First Lines from Novels

1. Call me Ishmael. —Herman Melville, <i>Moby-Dick</i> (1851)<p>2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, …

The 43 Best Hidden Hikes in the U.S.

Sure, hiking the Appalachian Trail is an experience no one ever forgets. But the United States is a pretty big place, with tons of opportunities for …

Hear Two New Songs From Teenage Memphis Rapper Jon Waltz

The first time we heard from Jon Waltz was with “Bang,” and with that song he showed skills as a 17-year-old that some successful veteran rappers …

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich Gave A Legendary Press Conference Before Game 7

Popovich is known for his dry sense of humor and his antagonistic relationship with the media.<p>Tonight, he was in rare form.<p>Here are his best answers:<p>Amazing.<p>Here's full video. It's worth the five minutes:<p>Popovich took a lot of heat after his decision to bench Tim Duncan down the stretch in Game 6. …

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New Music: Eminem “Symphony in H”

Until the announcement of his eighth studio album arrives, eager Eminem fans can enjoy a new record. Debuted on his evening “Toca Tuesdays” mixshow, …

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Listen to French For Rabbits’ dreamy new song, “Goat”

New Zealand’s French For Rabbits follow up their 2012 <i>Claimed By The Sea</i> EP with a mesmerizing new folk number called “Goat”. The duo describe it as a …

Listen to Black Joe Lewis’ new single, “Skulldiggin”

Austin blues rockers Black Joe Lewis will release their latest album, <i>Electric Slave</i>, on August 27th via Vagrant Records. The bulk of the album was …

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The-Drum Drop Goopy Gong-Powered Slow Jam ‘Switch’

Chicago duo The-Drum made SPIN’s Best New Artists list this month for their fascinating ability to combine “fleet footwork rhythms, New Age synths, …

Eight bronze age boats surface at Fens creek in record find

A fleet of eight prehistoric boats, including one almost nine metres long, has been discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry on the outskirts of …

Gigaom | Circa hires Anthony De Rosa away from Thomson Reuters to expand its editorial ambitions

Advertisement<p>Circa, the mobile-only news service founded by Cheezburger Network CEO Ben Huh, announced on Tuesday that it is hiring Thomson Reuters …

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H. P. Lovecraft and the Northern Gothic Tongue

By Roger Luckhurst<p>There is a very specific language of Gothic and horror literature that has its roots buried deep in the history of English: <i>doom</i> has …

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Mud – review

In the early 1930s, during a lengthy safari in Tanganyika Territory, Ernest Hemingway broke off a discussion of antelope hunting to provide a German …

Deerhunter, ‘Monomania’ (4AD)

Rock’n’roll still ain’t noise pollution, but just about everything else is. For each advance in our ease of communication, there’s a new source of …