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Hear Bob Dylan Recite His Nobel Prize in Literature… – RollingStone.com

Monday, June 05, 2017

Six months after Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature at a ceremony he did not attend, the songwriter has fulfilled the award’s criteria by delivering a lecture on the topic to the Swedish Academy. Related Why Bob Dylan Is a Literary Genius Ahead of Nobel Prize ceremony, we explore how Dylan wrote not just songs or poetry, but history Recorded June 4th in Los Angeles, Dylan’s lecture finds the rock…

New Life for a 125-Year-Old Literary Journal – New York Times

Monday, June 05, 2017

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Book review: Beatles fans’ screams, decoded – Bowling Green Daily News

Monday, June 05, 2017

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Book review: Beatles fans’ screams, decoded – Bowling Green Daily News

Sunday, June 04, 2017

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Valve promises a low fee for direct-to-Steam game publishing – Engadget

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Valve is promising to “closely monitor” game submissions and use human input to verify that Steam’s store algorithm is surfacing the truly interesting titles. Combine that with greater transparency and you may not have to worry that a hastily produced knockoff is getting more attention than an original gem. The gaming giant is also rethinking its Curators feature to give these advisors more power when recommending titles for you to…

This Week in Fiction: Sherman Alexie on the Strength of the Blue-Collar Worker – The New Yorker

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Sherman Alexie’s story “Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest” appears in this week’s issue.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY LEE TOWNDROW Your story in the Fiction Issue, “Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest,” is about a motel maid called Marie. When did you first think of her as the subject for a story? This story began as a reaction to the Trump election, in general. But, in particular, I was angry that I could be thought of as being part…

Hilary Mantel: why I became a historical novelist – The Guardian

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Saint Augustine says, the dead are invisible, they are not absent. You needn’t believe in ghosts to see that’s true. We carry the genes and the culture of our ancestors, and what we think about them shapes what we think of ourselves, and how we make sense of our time and place. Are these good times, bad times, interesting times? We rely on history to tell us. History, and science…

Novelist Hilary Mantel on truth and Thomas Cromwell – Financial Times

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Novelist Hilary Mantel on truth and Thomas Cromwell

Debuts novels create a frenzy at BookExpo – New York Post

Friday, June 02, 2017

A rugby-like scrum for the advance copies of six debut novels at the end of the presentation on Buzz Books was so frenzied that one bookseller wondered, “Is this a fire hazard?” Editors are betting that, based on word of mouth, these under-promoted “sleepers” catch fire and climb best-seller lists. Among the Buzz Books, Liz Nugent’s “Unraveling Oliver” was already a No. 1 best-seller in her native Ireland — and…

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Beartown’ – Washington Times

Friday, June 02, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION: ANALYSIS/OPINION: BEARTOWN By Fredrik Backman Translated from Swedish by Neil Smith Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, $26.99, 432 pages “Beartown,” Fredrik Backman’s latest novel, takes place in a remote, on the skids, small Swedish town whose people are hoping that their junior hockey team might bring them national glory and with it economic revival. All is going great until suddenly a terrible incident changes everything, not only shattering the dream…

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Beartown’ – Washington Times

Friday, June 02, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION: ANALYSIS/OPINION: BEARTOWN By Fredrik Backman Translated from Swedish by Neil Smith Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, $26.99, 432 pages “Beartown,” Fredrik Backman’s latest novel, takes place in a remote, on the skids, small Swedish town whose people are hoping that their junior hockey team might bring them national glory and with it economic revival. All is going great until suddenly a terrible incident changes everything, not only shattering the dream…

Jordan’s 24-hour literary labrynth saved – CNN.com – CNN

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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Diving Deep Into The Erotic World Of ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Fiction – HuffPost

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The hosts ask authors for permission before sharing their work on the podcast, but they have received some pushback for making light of Potterotica. When they were promoting the podcast on fan communities, LeFevere ventured into a subreddit devoted to Potterotica enthusiasts, and found that the members were less than thrilled by their angle. For some fans, Chapman said, “this isn’t to be laughed at; this is serious business.” For…

To Be a Machine, book review: Disrupting life itself – ZDNet

Thursday, June 01, 2017

To Be a Machine: Adventures among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death • Mark O’Connell • Granta • 242 pages • ISBN: 978-1-78378-196-6 • £12.99 “We built ingenious devices and we destroyed things.” These words are easy to imagine carved on the tombstone of the human race. In To Be a Machine, where these words appear after an alarming session with people working on…

Jordan’s 24-hour literary labyrinth saved from closure – CNN

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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Students take Hilary Mantel’s Tudor novels as fact, says historian – The Guardian

Thursday, June 01, 2017

One of Britain’s most respected Tudor historians has expressed concern that prospective students imagine Hilary Mantel’s novels are fact. John Guy told the Hay literary festival in Wales that Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell novels needed to be enjoyed for what they were: fiction. Mantel’s two novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, have been a literary phenomenon, both winning the Man Booker prize and being adapted for the stage by…

Students take Hilary Mantel’s Tudor novels as fact, says historian – The Guardian

Thursday, June 01, 2017

One of Britain’s most respected Tudor historians has expressed concern that prospective students imagine Hilary Mantel’s novels are fact. John Guy told the Hay literary festival in Wales that Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell novels needed to be enjoyed for what they were: fiction. Mantel’s two novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, have been a literary phenomenon, both winning the Man Booker prize and being adapted for the stage by…

New Graphic Novels Detail Personal Journeys and Twists of Fate – New York Times

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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