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‘Mark Twain’s America’ Shows Off a Rarely Seen Side of the Great Writer

In the handsome new book Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images, written by Harry K. Katz and with beautiful rarities, history, and arcana from the Library of Congress, we get to know the real stories behind one of America’s most celebrated and essential writers. It’s a gorgeous look at period Americana from 1850 to 1910, the odds and ends that, put together, serve as a biography of Twain, in the many roles that he played throughout his life. To celebrate this book, we’re sharing an exclusive sample of the book’s best in Mark Twain ephemera. … Read More

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Karen Russell’s “St. Lucy’s Home For Girls Raised by Wolves” Will Be Adapted as an ABC Series

St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, the short story collection by Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Genius… Read More

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The 35 Best Books by Cinema’s Greatest Auteurs

It’s an old standby that if a person is truly a master at one thing, he’s probably not great at much else. But when it comes to cinema, the auteur’s role is to be good at everything — sound, writing, camerawork, etc. — while also maintaining an overarching vision. So it isn’t surprising that there are so many great books written by cinema’s most famous (and infamous)… Read More

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‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ Premiere Recap

Death came to Pemberley last night. Yet if we were lucky, it was not death by boredom, which was a risk we may have incurred while reading the novel upon which the mini-series is based. But let us think of the past only as it gives us happiness. Expect lots of Austen inside-witticisms as we recap this solid BBC adaptation of a mediocre Austen sequel together. … Read More

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Please, Let’s Not Extend the Literary Genre Wars to Kids’ Books

Now that the furor has died down around an essay scolding adults who read children’s literature for engaging in a lowbrow and immature pursuit, the question has arisen: are kids who read this stuff also lowbrow? A piece by Rebecca Mead in The New Yorker takes square aim at popular kids’ literature, even when it’s only meant for kids. … Read More

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Why We Can’t Stop Reading — and Writing — Jane Austen Sequels

Death Comes to Pemberley comes to American TV screens this Sunday night (be not alarmed, dear sirs and madams, for Flavorwire will provide recaps of each installment). For those who don’t know, it’s a mini-series based on a book by P.D. James which is itself a mystery novel based on the characters and locations from Pride and Prejudice. This unauthorized sequel places the married Elizabeth and Darcy and their estate in the middle of a British murder mystery with clues hidden on the grounds, ancestral secrets and frowning magistrates galore. But books like this are nothing new: readers have had a burning desire to return to Pemberley and peek in on Darcy and Elizabeth since the beginning of Austen’s… Read More

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‘Harry Potter”s Villainous Professor Umbridge Will Get Her Own Little Backstory This Halloween

If Harry Potter‘s Voldemort represented the degeneration of the human spirit into the typical, ruthless villainy seen in most… Read More

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Are Amazon’s Bullying Days Over? We’re About to Find Out

America’s most reputable company (?!) is set to report Q3 losses of between 57 to 75 cents per share, by some predictions, when the market closes today. No sweat. Amazon hasn’t turned a third quarter profit in three years. Still, for those who are paying attention, Bezos & Co. have been acting weird as hell lately. … Read More

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