Books

The Most Anticipated Poetry Books of 2016

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From much-needed surveys of our greatest practicing poets, like Kevin Young’s Blue Laws, to new collections from post-war masters, like Adrienne Rich’s 1950-2012, this year looks to be one that lays the groundwork for poetry that will be taught, read, and discussed in the coming years. Otherwise: startlingly assured, original debuts and recovered poetry from Pablo Neruda. It’s still early in the year, but there’s already much to anticipate.
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Reading Habits of the Rich and Powerful, 2016 Edition: Gates, Zuckerberg, Obama

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The turn of the year, for whatever reason, has revealed the reading habits of three of the world’s most powerful men. Though it’s tempting to place them on a spectrum — who among Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Barack Obama is truly a reader? — it’s worth noting instead that two of the above three elites abstract “reading” into a life process, whereas the remaining “reader” cultivates an idiosyncratic, sometimes unpredictable bond with books.
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What Amazon’s 2015 Bestsellers Say About Us

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Well, it’s the first working day of the new year. Perhaps, then, it’s time to investigate the year that’s just passed by way of Amazon’s recently released, insensibly titled “Customer Favorites: 2015’s Top-Selling New Releases” list. Why does the fact that something sold well mean it’s a customer favorite? Can’t you buy something on a whim and hate it? But ignoring, for the moment, Amazon’s insidious conflation of consumerism and taste, there is still much to be made of its list.
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The 50 Best Independent Press Books of 2015

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This was the year, as Wesley Morris pointed out in the New York Times, of “a great cultural identity migration” — it was a year we wrestled with identity. This fact is everywhere evident in our independent literature — take, for example, John Keene’s exploration of race and historical identity in Counternarratives, the year’s best work of short fiction, independent or otherwise.
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Discovering ‘The Man from Another Place’: Dennis Lim on His Book About David Lynch’s Labyrinthine Works

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Dennis Lim, the director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the former Village Voice film editor, leaves a breadcrumb trail for us to discover David Lynch’s oeuvre in his new book The Man from Another Place. “Lynch himself often warns against overinterpretation. And accordingly, this is not a book that seeks to decode his art or annotate his life,” the back-cover synopsis advises.
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8 Weird Facts From the History of the Library

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“The hallmark of public libraries — the printed book, bound by covers and centuries of page-turning — is being shoved aside by digital doppelgangers,” the Washington Post wrote this month. It’s true. And because of the recent incineration of hundreds of thousands of printed volumes across the Western world, libraries are of increasing interest to the “general intellect.”
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