Anne Brontë: Giving the Forgotten Sister and Badass Feminist Author Her Due

Anne Brontë, born on January 17, 1820, is often the butt of Brontë jokes. She’s known as the forgotten Brontë sister, or the one with less talent compared to preternatural geniuses Charlotte and Emily. But this is a simplistic reading of her life. Anne lacked her sisters’ wild romanticism and affinity for dark heroes, but she had a strength and gift all her own, and leaves a strong feminist literary legacy. … Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: The NASA-Scored Book Trailer for Sarah Gerard’s ‘Binary Star’

In November, Flavorwire spoke to author Sarah Gerard about her forthcoming debut novel, Binary Star. At the time, Gerard talked about the story behind the novel, the joys and tribulations of publishing with a small press, and the Kickstarter campaign for her national book tour. The campaign, we’re happy to say, was a success. And in more ways than one: not only did Gerard reach her funding goals, she also blazed a trail for small-press authors who might do the same. Along the way, too, she demonstrated an abiding love for independent publishing, especially through a series of videos from the book tour, an interview video with authors like John Reed and Eileen Myles, and an excellent book trailer. … Read More

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Why We Love Joan Didion and Joni Mitchell as Iconography

The idea of Joan Didion-as-symbol has been floating around in the ether lately. It’s quick cultural shorthand to say that, particularly if you are a middle-class white girl with writerly aspirations, you have good taste in writing, which in the case of “Joan Didion” may also translate to, “I have good taste/I could work for Vogue/I could see the dim future of a rotten decade and take to my bed for days, an aura around my head.” … Read More

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100 Years Later: T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

Thomas Stearns Eliot began writing “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in 1910, at the age of twenty-two. The poem was published five years later, when Ezra Pound, whom Eliot met and befriended as an expatriate in Europe, sent it to Poetry in Chicago, adding: “This is as good as anything I’ve ever seen.” This year, then, marks the 100 year anniversary of Prufrock’s imaginative journey into the half-deserted streets, the one-night cheap hotels, and the chambers of the sea. It is also, as many have noted, the 50th anniversary of Eliot’s death. I prefer to remember the younger man who wrote “Prufrock.” … Read More

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How Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith Use Technology: An Excerpt From ‘Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors’

Need a hit of inspiration? In Sarah Stodola‘s fascinating new book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, we see what drives genius. Whether it’s “autodidacts,” “nine-to-fivers,” or “slow and steady,” among others, Stodola takes an intimate and well-researched look inside the habits and traditions of 18 of your favorite writers (including David Foster Wallace, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, Toni Morrison, and George Orwell), habits that have led to the production of some of our greatest canonical works. Process goes on shelves (and online) January 20th.

Read an exclusive preview, which looks at Margaret Atwood and Zadie Smith’s very different approaches to technology and the Internet’s role their writing, below. … Read More

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David Brooks Interprets Your Favorite Short Stories

In David Brooks’ recent column, readers of the New York Times were taken on a journey back to English class. Instead of a defense of a foreign coup, a tale of his life as a teenage weed-head turned narc, or something vaguely racist, the vaunted columnist offered a reading of Ursula K. LeGuin’s classic short parable, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” … Read More

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John Green Is the John Hughes of Relatable YA Literature

This week, John Green’s debut novel, 2005’s Printz Award winner Looking For Alaska, is being reissued in a “10th anniversary edition.” The new edition includes a new introduction by the author — “That’s the story of my Great Perhaps” — some calendar ephemera, and an expansive, twenty-page long FAQ at the back. The book, originally published in March 2005, may have announced Green as a writer to watch, but it wasn’t the beginning of Green as endless phenomenon, leader of the Nerdfighter community online and offline. … Read More

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Eddie Huang Examines ABC’s Treatment of His Memoir ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

ABC is ready to release their new situation comedy series Fresh Off the Boat, but Eddie Huang — author of the memoir… Read More

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The First OK Novel: On Miranda July’s ‘The First Bad Man’

Miranda July — the visual artist, performance artist, auteur, writer of short fiction, and now, novelist — is by every indication compulsively interdisciplinary, but not unselfconsciously so. Recently in The New York Times, she praised the story collection Man vs. Nature by Diane Cook, adding, “I don’t usually say this, every single story could make a great movie. (Not that I condone adaptations or think it is necessary.)” Earlier this week, in an interview with NPR about her debut novel, The First Bad Man, July referred to the “delicate processes of making the book.” Making, not writing, as if the novel were a film or an art object. … Read More

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