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Ben Lerner’s ’10:04′ Is a Meta-Fictional Masterpiece That Illuminates How Our Minds Work

Here’s the thing: it’s hard to describe a Ben Lerner novel to someone without it sounding kind of terrible. After reading his first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, I found myself saying to people: “Well, it’s about a young American poet abroad in Madrid, trying to figure things out… no wait, come back, I swear it’s really good.” With the new novel, I find myself saying “It’s about a youngish American poet who was surprised by his first novel’s success, trying to write a second novel and figure things out… yes, that sounds like Lerner’s life… no wait, come back, I insist this time!”

This must be some kind of cosmic joke, because his novels are so, so good. I swear. … Read More

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Neil Gaiman’s ‘Hansel & Gretel’ Tapped for Film by ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ Producer

Neil Gaiman, fantasy superstar and hero to nerds the world over, has landed himself yet another film adaptation. This time,… Read More

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David Sedaris Discusses Being a Good Person in ‘On Leadership’ Podcast Series

Everyone’s favorite snarky humorist David Sedaris is featured in the second-ever installment of The Washington Post‘s “On Leadership” … Read More

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David Mitchell’s ‘The Bone Clocks': Ambitious, Delicious, and Kind of a Mess

There’s no denying it: David Mitchell is a master stylist, a grand storyteller, a meta-magician, a daredevil, and one of the best writers working today. His sixth novel, The Bone Clocks, which hit shelves this week, is both an enchanting romp and his most ambitious work by far — but it’s not his best. That said, you should really read it anyway. … Read More

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LeVar Burton to Publish His First Children’s Book This Fall

This fall, everyone’s favorite bookish TV personality and children’s literacy advocate will take a break from reading other people’s… Read More

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Jo Piazza’s Subversive ‘If Nuns Ruled the World’ Shatters the ‘Sister Act’ Stereotype

One of the best parts of Orange Is the New Black Season 2 was the backstory the show gave to Sister Jane Ingalls — her struggles with her faith and her activism as embodied in her life outside the prison, from her ghostwritten book, Nun Shall Pass, to the protest that got her arrested in the first place, in which she chained herself to a flagpole at a nuclear testing facility. After spending most of Season 1 as a saintly nun, she got layers, and we saw what brought her to the faith. It was a moving story about an imperfect woman trying to do good in the world, with all the self-interest and pure action that entails. … Read More

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10 New Must-Reads for September

It’s officially September, which means: back to school, the promise of sweater weather, and tons of great new books coming to a bookstore near you. A good thing too, because there’s something about this month that inspires voracious consumption of literature, particularly for those of us who no longer have assigned reading lists. Click through for a selection of books, featuring big names like David Mitchell and Lena Dunham along with a few promising debut novelists and young poets, that you won’t want to miss this… Read More

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