Books

Flavorwire Exclusive: “The Last Unmarried Person in America” by Ellen Willis

It’s a little chilling to imagine that nearly 30 years after Ellen Willis published “The Last Unmarried Person in America” in the Village Voice, the piece might have some readers rushing to find out whether something called the “National Family Security Act” was actually ever in the cards. Sitting nicely between political satire and dystopian fiction, it’s one of the most interesting selections in The Essential Ellen Willis, the new collection of the late cultural critic’s most important work. … Read More

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Will Gabriel García Márquez’s Unpublished Manuscript see the Light of Day?

NPR reports that Gabriel García Márquez left behind an unpublished manuscript tentatively titled We’ll See Each Other in August (En agosto nos vemos).… Read More

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What Happened to Martha Gellhorn’s Lost Debut Novel?

Of all the conflicts that took place throughout the 20th century, none has been as romanticized as the Spanish Civil War, which pitted the supporters of the democratically elected Spanish Republic against the General Francisco Franco-led nationalists, who were backed by Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. The war fought for freedom with “trenches full of poets,” as The Clash sang in “Spanish Bombs,” was one that saw over 500,000 causalities, but amid a century filled with the crudeness and brutality of the First World War, the senseless atrocities inflicted on millions of innocent people during the Second World War, and America’s misguided war in Vietnam, the Spanish Civil War, the people who fought in it, and their reasons are often an afterthought. … Read More

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The Skeptic’s Guide to Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert is a great writer who has been, in some ways, cursed with great success. Her 2006 book Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia was such a raging, zeitgeist-capturing forever-on-the-list bestseller that it, paradoxically, practically erased her decade’s worth of work as an author that could do anything: write the hell out of a short story, books in fiction or nonfiction, and a haunting magazine feature that stays with the reader. Eat, Pray, Love turned Gilbert into “Elizabeth Gilbert” the self-help brand, a woman with a viral TED Talk and the approval of Oprah. And she still has it — she’ll be one of the “life trailblazer” speakers on Oprah’s eight-city “The Life You Want Empowerment Tour” in the fall. … Read More

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Gabriel García Márquez on Shakira and 5 Other Authors’ Fascinating Rock Star Profiles

“The most amazing thing about the Shakira phenomenon is the craze that has gripped masses of children.” The late Gabriel García Márquez wrote that in his 2002 profile on Shakira for The Guardian. Even when covering one of the biggest pop stars in the world, the Nobel Prize winner’s music writing doesn’t rank anywhere near his classics like One Hundred Years of Solitude or Love in the Time of Cholera, but it does earn a spot alongside a few of our other favorite rock star/writer pairings. … Read More

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15 Things We Learned From Gillian Flynn’s Reddit AMA

On Tuesday, Gillian Flynn, author of Gone GirlDark Places, and Sharp Objects treated fans to a Reddit AMA. Flynn is just coming off of writing the screenplay for the much-hyped, David Fincher-directed film version of Gone Girl, and had plenty of comforting words for fans and aspiring novelists alike. She patted our heads and assured us that Gone Girl‘s script won’t differ too much from the book, and gave us lots of insight into her process for both writing and getting into her characters’ twisted minds. … Read More

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National Poetry Month Poem of the Day: ‘Prelude to Bruise’ by Saeed Jones

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Flavorwire is posting a poem a day throughout April. For today’s poem, we’re pleased… Read More

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25 Books Every Writer Should Read

The hard work, the MFA vs. NYC debate, the negativity, the importance of a good Twitter account, the parties you have to go to, the readings you have to do, the people you should meet, the agents you need to impress — amid all the different ways writers have found to obsess over what it takes to be successful, we sometimes forget the most important thing of all: great writers need to be great readers. Of course, you can’t read everything, but once you’ve moved past the totally obvious titles, consider adding these 25 books to your TBR… Read More

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National Poetry Month Poem of the Day: ‘Thanksgiving in the Catskills no Cell Reception or Internet’ by Tommy Pico

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Flavorwire is posting a poem a day. For today’s poem, we’re happy to bring… Read More

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The Cheryl Strayed Effect: How the ‘Wild’ Author Became a Publishing Hero

While browsing for books a few years ago, I picked up a copy of Chloe Caldwell’s debut collection of personal essays, Legs Get Led Astray, and handed it to a friend who had asked me for a few suggestions. She looked cautiously at the little book she’d never heard of, put out by a small indie press, and flipped it over to the back. “Oh look,” she said. “There’s a Cheryl Strayed quote on the back.” Without even looking through the book any further, my friend walked to the register and purchased it. That’s when I first truly witnessed Cheryl Strayed’s impact on publishing, writers, and the book-buying public. … Read More

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