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September 25, 2015

• Rachel Eliza Griffiths remembers how it felt as a young black woman writer to be seen<i>:</i> “When you are seen you can no longer disappear.” | Literary …

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September 24, 2015

• A possibly true ghost story from David Mitchell, once upon a time in Japan. | Literary Hub<br>• “We ate scrambled eggs in front of an ineffectual fan.” …

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September 23, 2015

• Margaret Atwood gives the Genius annotation treatment to an excerpt from her forthcoming novel, <i>The Heart Goes Las</i><i>t</i>. | Literary Hub<br>• Literary Hub …

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As Though Larger Arrangements

<i>Happy birthday to Kay Ryan who turned seventy this past Monday, September 21st. These selections, drawn from Ryan’s new book,</i> Erratic Facts<i>, to be</i> …

Katherine Mansfield, a Graphic Interpretation

The following graphic interpretation of Katherine Mansfield’s “The Fly,” by Zanna Goldhawk, appears in issue two of <i>Sixpenny Magazine</i>.

Phone Booth

<i>The following is from Ariana Kelly’s</i> Phone Booth<i>, part of a series about the hidden lives of ordinary things. The phone booth exists as a memory to</i> …

Time Travel

“The Fledgling”

<i>The following is a story from Ann Beattie’s linked-story collection,</i> The State We’re In<i>. Beattie has been included in four O. Henry Award</i> …

Birds

The Invention of Nature

<i>The following is from Andrea Wulf’s,</i> The Invention of Nature <i>about Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas created modern</i> …

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When Rock Festivals Get Bookish

Last weekend in upstate New York, three poets stood in an illuminated space and looked out over a sizable crowd. They were there as part of this …

A Phone Call From Paul: Neil Gaiman

We are very happy to introduce <i>A Phone Call From Paul</i>, Literary Hub’s weekly podcast, in which the inimitable Paul Holdengraber telephones a friend …

What to Read When Trapped in Your Home By a New Baby

I didn’t anticipate getting through much of my “to read” pile while I was on maternity leave, but I was surprised at the ways and times I was able to …

Death at 30,000 Feet

Some years ago, I traveled to the Cape on literary business. To be precise, I went to hold what is called a public conversation with Marlene van …

Catholic Lit: A Reading List for Pope Francis

We are blessed and burdened by our namesakes, and Pope Francis is no exception. When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope during the 2013 …

On the Truth and Lies of Friday Night Football

Every time one of my friends—usually an English professor, like me, told me I needed to watch <i>Friday Night Lights</i>, I said the same thing: “No thanks, …

On Finally Being Seen as a Black Woman Writer

<i>To mark Banned Books Week, which officially kicks off this Sunday, PEN American has commissioned a series of essays engaging with what it means when</i> …

The Mud Family Climbs a Mountain

<i>The following essay appears in the latest issue of</i> Huizache.<p>I grew up in a valley at the foot of one of the tall mountains of the Andes in Colombia, …

A Possibly True Ghost Story from David Mitchell

<i>The following appears in the debut issue of</i> Freeman’s, <i>which is out now.</i><p>In 1996, I was living alone on the ground floor of a musty old house at the …

Eileen Myles in Conversation with Ben Lerner

Eileen Myles has lived in her East Village apartment, where this interview took place, since 1977, and yet, entering her studio, I got the feeling …

In Which Margaret Atwood Annotates Her New Book

<i>Margaret Atwood has annotated this excerpt from her forthcoming novel,</i> The Heart Goes Last, <i>with Genius. Click the yellow highlights to read her</i> …

September 21, 2015

• On Jay DeFeo’s “captivation at the sight of the bone from a roast leg of lamb as it sat in her soup pot” and the power of repetition and multiplicity …

September 22, 2015

• Honor Moore untangles a life-long obsession with her hair, which by all accounts, is beautiful. | Literary Hub<br>• Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. …

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Monsters: The Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology

<i>The following is from Ed Regis’s</i> Monsters: The Hindenburg Disaster and the Birth of Pathological Technology<i>. Regis is a longtime science writer and</i> …

“Liquid Glass”

<i>The following is from Percival Everett’s collection,</i> Half an Inch of Water<i>. Everett is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of</i> …

Honor Moore: Beautiful, Beautiful

There is heat at the back of my neck, a spot of heat that gets hotter and hotter. I take the combs out, swirl my hair up, stick the combs in, wear my …

Books Making News This Week: Awards Season Begins

Awards season begins. Drumroll as the National Book Awards announces its 40-book longlist one category at a time in <i>The New Yorker</i> this week, shining …

The Rise of the Writing Center: GrubStreet

If you read the author bio on any dust jacket, it’s not uncommon to see that the writer went to graduate school for an MFA in writing. But it’s no …

Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store was founded in 1932 by Mark S. Kramer, a native of Boston. With $300 borrowed from his parents, he opened a small shop selling …

The Remains of Jay DeFeo

Discussions of Jay DeFeo’s career tend to begin and end with <i>The Rose</i> (1958–1966), the physically and aesthetically massive sculpture (it weighs about …

Chinelo Okparanta on Faith, War and Being Gay in Nigeria

Late in <i>Under the Udala Trees,</i> Ijeoma awakens from an accidental sleep to find that her infant daughter is not where she left her. In a hazy …

September 18, 2015

Embedded with the super-rich: a photo essay from inside the world’s tax havens. | Literary Hub<p>Last but not least, the National Book Awards for …

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