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20 Photos of Famous Authors Looking Badass

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Here’s a secret: a lot of famous authors are, well, kind of badass. That is, they’re even more badass than you assume, if you’re the kind of person who thinks it’s already fairly cool to be a great writer. Or maybe they just got caught in some really good light. Either way, here are some… Read More

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John Malkovich Reads Vonnegut’s ‘Breakfast of Champions’

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Audible has released a John Malkovich-narrated audio book of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions. In the meta-fiction novel, Vonnegut’s reoccurring sci-fi writer character Kilgore Trout meets with car salesman Dwayne Hoover, who believes Trout’s work to be non-fiction. The work alleges that its reader is the only human with free will (i.e. not a robot), and Hoover — who’s going mad — takes the message to heart, allowing his newfound solipsism to fuel his violent impulses.
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The 15 Best Nonfiction Books of the Year So Far

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From a personal examination of the modern definition of spinsterhood to an exploration of the internet’s dark and secret places, literary and journalistic nonfiction has gone to incredibly varied places this first half of the year. Here are the books that have stood out as we reach the half-year mark, all fueled by obsession and reflection, the hallmarks of the… Read More

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25 Great Literary Series to Replace Your TV Habit This Summer

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Summertime is upon us: sticky subway rides, backyard barbecues, and a general lack of solid television. You should be outside anyway! I know, hilarious. But instead of binge-watching something old on Netflix, why not binge-read a great book series? You’ll get all the enjoyment of sticking with characters for hours and hours, through complicated, folding plots, and you can make it so Hugh Dancy plays every role (what do books look like in your mind?). Plus, you know, you can totally read these outside. Here are 25 awesome literary series to read this… Read More

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Christian Grey Has Been Pegged and Other Tidbits from E.L. James’ New ‘Fifty Shades’ Novel

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It’s a difficult task to describe E.L. James’ alternate-point-of-view Fifty Shades of Grey in a straightforward manner. After all, Grey tells the exact same story as Fifty Shades of Grey, but with Christian as the narrator. So that means Anastasia’s inner goddess is gone, as are all the “holy cow!”s. They have been replaced by an occasional “Hell.” Or “fuck.” Or “good girl.” Which is what Christian’s inner, um, Adonis, I guess, has to say for himself. Yet the major sex scenes are the same, except you know, with the perspectives reversed — and the lengthy email exchanges and contract negotiations are almost exactly the same. It’s a heady concoction of derivative trash, derivative porn, and self-plagiarism (just kidding, I swear!), which demands a review in seven parts, in several genres.
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Watching a Speculative Novel Come to Life in Rachel Dolezal’s Story

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Late last Thursday night, filing out of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park after a performance of The Tempest, I glanced down at my phone and saw that a well-known comedian, a friend of a friend, had tweeted something about my novel. “This #RachelDolezal story feels like the prequel to the book Your Face in Mine,” he wrote.

A version of my novel was leaving the realm of the imaginary and becoming news.
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