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Viral Professors
How would fictional professors, heroes of those quaint works known as campus novels, fare in the world of online education?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:00:33 AM

Christopher Beha On Pop Theology
Recommended listening: Christopher Beha, whose latest novel Arts & Entertainments we recently reviewed, talks with On Pop Theology about his new book, Catholicism, What Happened to Sophie Wilder? and The Bachelorette.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:34:32 PM

Book-Related Internet Graphics
Today in book-related graphics: The Arts Shelf has created an infographic measuring famous literature by word count, and The New York Times provides a handy, illustrated guide to any writers’ retreat, complete with authors’ cloisters and an “emergency idea generator.”
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:53:33 PM

Exclusive: David Mitchell’s Twitter Story “The Right Sort” Collected
is coming in September, but David Mitchell gave readers an early taste of something new last week, tweeting out a short story called "The Right Sort" over the course of roughly seven days. The Millions now exclusively has the entire story, collected in one place.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 1:00:46 PM

John Waters’s America
In the back of his mind, Mark Twain probably imagined a dogshit-eating transvestite, but couldn’t find a place for him in Huckleberry Finn.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00:02 PM

On “Unpacking My Library”
There’s a lot of (justified) talk about the power of reading, but simply owning a book can be meaningful. Mabel Rosenheck considers Walter Benjamin‘s perspective on book ownership – “[it] is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them.” […]
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:52:41 AM

Defining Success
“There are many ways to define ‘success’ as a writer,” and Jeffrey Condran writes about his own path to and definition of writerly success for The Missouri Review‘s blog. Hint: it has something to do with craft, something to do with editing, and a lot to do with a certain magazine.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:46:10 AM

“Signs and Symbols” For Teh Internets
“If only the interest he provokes were limited to his immediate surroundings, but, alas, it is not!… Still farther away, great mountains of data mining sum up, in zeroes and ones, the ultimate truth of his being.” KA Semënova updates Nabokov‘s short story “Signs and Sumbols” (and works by other famous Russian authors) for McSweeney’s, […]
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:57:05 AM

Edan, Meet Stephen
Our own Edan Lepucki’s whirlwind tour continues. Her debut novel California landed at number 3 on the Times Bestseller list and she celebrated with a visit to The Colbert Report. There was a bubble wrap drop. New Yorkers can see her tonight at WORD bookstore in Brooklyn and tomorrow at McNally Jackson in Manhattan. See […]
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:38:56 AM

Our Own Personal Superhero: Gene Luen Yang and The Shadow Hero
It’s like coloring within the lines of a Jackson Pollock painting.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:00:27 AM

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