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Sunday Reading: Pulp Fiction

In the nineteen-thirties and forties, <i>The New Yorker</i> began to cover crime as a regular beat, with writers including St. Clair McKelway, Janet Flanner, and A. J. Liebling reporting on misdeeds ranging from mob hits to elaborate kidnappings. Like Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” many of these …

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It’s the Kultur, Stupid

Angst für Deutschland: Die Wahrheit über die AfD: wo sie herkommt, wer sie führt, wohin sie steuert [Angst for Germany: The Truth about the AfD: …

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A Miserable Miracle - Los Angeles Review of Books

EARLY IN Lucrecia Martel’s new film, <i>Zama</i>, we are introduced to a wretched and sickly man, a prisoner of the Spanish colonial government at Asunción. …

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Weekend links 387

<i>Japanese (?) poster for Liquid Sky (1982).</i><p>• The announcement this week of the death of Carl T. Ford, former editor of <i>Dagon</i> magazine, prompted a …

Vladimir Nabokov

Great Mysteries of Art and Literature, Explained

<i>What is the Mona Lisa thinking? (fifteen-hundreds)</i><p>• Enigmatic happiness is the best happiness.<br>• A flattering portrait of a wealthy merchant’s wife—a bit <i>mercenario</i>, Leonardo, no?<br>• I don’t mind the name “La Gioconda,” but “jocund” puts ten pounds on your midsection.<br>• Thanking God that Leonardo did …

Culture

Immortal Gatito

If she had been a hairdresser, or if she had slept with a young apprentice, it would have been different.<i>—The Deputy Public Prosecutor.</i><p>To translate the Gabrielle Russier case into American terms you would have to improvise a new society. First, every teacher and professor in the country, from …

Artists

Giveaway – Win Edgar Allan Poe’s Lighthouse Keeper on Digital Download

The Movie Partnership releases Edgar Allan Poe’s <b>Lighthouse Keeper</b> on Digital Download on Monday, November 27th, and we have five copies to give away …

Literature

Biography of a Canadian writer

. About Merilyn Simonds, Briefly .<p>Merilyn Simonds is the author of seventeen books, including the creative nonfiction classic, <i>The Convict Lover</i>, a …

Literature

Voices in Asian-Anglophone Fiction

This week in the <i>New Yorker</i> <b>Jane Hu</b> analyzes the “dispassionate first-person narrators” prominent in works by English-speaking Asian authors and …

Literature

The Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers

<b>“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”</b> <br>—<i>Booker T. Washington, 1901</i>The season of giving is nearly upon us, and in our …

Emily Dickinson

Tony Winner Ann Wedgeworth Dies at 83

The stage and screen actor won a Tony for her performance in Neil Simon’s 1977 comedy Chapter Two.<p>Ann Wedgeworth, a Tony winner for her performance …

Entertainment

The Tyranny of Canonical Texts

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond<br>all this fiddle.<p>“Poetry,” Marianne Moore<p>As a sophomore in high school, I was a nerdy</i> …

Literature

Welcome Winter with Some Chilling Christmas Ghost Stories - GeekMom

Autumn celebrations are winding down, and the ghosts and goblins of Halloween will be soon be forgotten for the sparkly winter holidays, including …

Christmas

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS Giveaway

THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other …

Literature

The New Folk Horror: Recent Work by Sarah Hall, Conor O’Callaghan, and Malcolm Devlin - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>“Hours dreadful and things strange” is as apt a description of the post-Brexit climate as folk horror itself, with its normalisation and spiked</i> …

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These Are The Most Popular Books From The States They Were Based In

They always say "Write what you know", so it's no wonder that some of America's best writers came up with their most successful works after setting …

Literature

Vladimir Nabokov's dream diary reveals experiments with 'backwards timeflow'

Newly published collection of the Lolita author’s notes shows him investigating theory that dreams can be inspired by future events<p>A 1964 diary in which Vladimir Nabokov recorded more than 50 of his dreams – ranging from the erotic to the violent to the surreal – is about to be published for the …

Literature

THE GOLD-BUG: The Edgar Allan Poe Story You've Never Heard Of

For modern readers, Edgar Allan Poe is synonymous with Gothic tales of horror and “dark” poetry, like The Raven or The Tell-Tale Heart. But during …

Literature

Writing Nameless Things: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>GREAT HONORS ARE flowing to Ursula K. Le Guin. Last year, the Library of America began a publishing program devoted to her work, a rare achievement</i> …

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The 15 Most Offensive Roles That DCEU Actors Want You To Forget

The DCEU has managed to gather a lot of big names for hits franchise and a lot of these actors have had active, successful careers before these films …

Ezra Miller

The first English translation of ‘The Odyssey’ by a woman was worth the wait

Attempting a new translation of “The Odyssey” is like directing “Hamlet.” Much of your audience knows the work well, and they take their seats with entrenched expectations and the intonations of favorite performances reverberating in their heads. At the same time, though, you will have audience …

Entertainment

Meet The Man Whose Double Life Inspired Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde

The two-faced maniac was actually based on a real person.The post Meet The Man Whose Double Life Inspired <em>Dr. Jekyll And Mr Hyde</em> appeared …

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How Seinfeld, the Sitcom Famously “About Nothing,” Is Like Gustave Flaubert’s Novels About Nothing

"A show about nothing": people have described <i>Seinfeld</i> that way for decades, but creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David didn't set out to create …

Culture

Elizabeth Hardwick Showed What Essays Could Do

<b>THE COLLECTED ESSAYS OF ELIZABETH HARDWICK</b><br>Edited by Darryl Pinckney<br>610 pp. New York Review Books. Paper, $19.95.<p>Elizabeth Hardwick, who was born in 1916 and died in 2007 and published eight books in between, was a writer perturbed by biography. Those three statements, in fact — the birth, the …

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Lord of the Rings on TV: five brilliant Tolkien storylines it could cover

There's much more to Tolkien than Lord of the Rings<p>This week it was revealed that J.R.R. Tolkien’s <i>Lord of the Rings</i> is coming back to screens – but …

J.R.R. Tolkien

9 Fictional Cities You’ll Want to Move To Right Now

Have you ever loved a book so much you wanted to live in it? I know when I was finished reading <i>Gilead</i>, by Marilynne Robinson, I yearned to be a …

Literature

Tessa Hadley: The Rainbow changed my life – DH Lawrence is a life force

The writer on the brilliance of Colm Tóibín and Alice Munro and why she isn’t ashamed not to have read Brave New World<p><b>The book I am currently reading</b><p>I’m rereading Proust’s <i>Swann’s Way</i>, in the Scott Moncrieff translation; I had a craving for luxuriant digressiveness. I’ve just arrived at the pink …

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Paris Review - Jack Kerouac, The Art of Fiction No. 41

Interviewed by Ted Berrigan<p>Issue 43, Summer 1968<p>Jack Kerouac, ca. 1956. Photograph by Tom Palumbo<p>The Kerouacs have no telephone. Ted Berrigan had contacted Kerouac some months earlier and had persuaded him to do the interview. When he felt the time had come for their meeting to take place, he …

Poetry

Hear a Complete Chronological Discography of Patti Smith’s Fiercely Poetic Rock and Roll: 13 Hours and 142 Tracks

Patti Smith has always aligned herself with artists who were outsiders and experimentalists in their time, but who have since moved to the center of …

Culture

Elves, Balrogs, and Nazgûl: 16 Possible Plots for the Lord of the Rings TV Series

Queen Berúthiel’s cat is out of the bag! Amazon made its bewildering announcement last week that it has acquired the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s …

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