Hilton Als

50 Books Guaranteed to Make You More Interesting

Everybody out there could stand to be a little more interesting. Yes, even you, trilingual lion-tamer astrophysicist reader. And you know what makes you more interesting? Books, of course. (You knew it was going to be books, because you’re already a little interesting) But not just any books. Some books have more capacity to raise your interest level than others. Here’s a list of 50 books that will make you smarter, funnier, deeper, and yes, more interesting — at least to some… Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Als on Flannery O’Connor, Writers and Money

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This time around: editing while you work, Hilton Als on Flannery O’Connor’s prayers, and more. … Read More

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10 Recent Nonfiction Books to Read for Black History Month

Black History Month focuses on history, just like the name suggests. It also suggests, for some people, reading only older, classic books about the history of black people in the United States. Not that we’d ever discourage anyone from revisiting the classics, but there are many recent books worth reading on the matter of the “African-American experience,” however you choose to define that. Here are ten of our favorite recent memoirs, history books, and biographies that deal with the black experience in America. … Read More

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The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2013

2013’s bounty of long-form journalism, essay collections, biographies, history books, and memoirs covering a broad range of topics — from race and politics in America to unusual childhoods to the current Golden Age of television — has resulted in more than enough great nonfiction to choose from at the end of this year. These ten books merely scratch the surface of all the noteworthy nonfiction published in the last 12 months, but they also represent what we consider the best of the… Read More

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10 Must-Read Books for November

The eleventh month on the calendar finds us doing more reading inside while curling up under blankets, drinking hot beverages, and if you’re lucky, sitting by a fireplace. All these things really make November a perfect 30 days to take advantage of the cornucopia of titles that will help you make it through the always… Read More

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10 New Must-Reads for February

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s getting cold out there. February is our traditional hibernation time, so as far as we’re concerned, for the next month we’ll be eschewing nightlife and staying inside with various hot beverages and various room-temperature books. This month, we’re looking forward to blistering essays, masterful short stories, incredible debut novels, and a posthumous book from Maurice Sendak. Sounds good right? But as we all know, February’s a short month, so you’d better get cracking. Let us know what you’re most excited to read over the next few weeks in the comments. … Read More

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10 Books Any Self-Respecting Feminist Needs on Her Shelf

Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden run a website called Contemporary Feminism, and we’ve asked them to create a list of ten books that any self-respecting woman would have on her bookshelf. “We’ve made the assignment a little easier by selecting from what’s available in our project book swap, which is part of an exhibition titled “The Missing Library,” the duo writes. “It’s a constantly evolving feminist library where visitors are encouraged to take a book from the collection in exchange for leaving one from their own. You can keep these books for a day, a week, or a lifetime, as long as you leave a different book — any other book that you think is feminist — behind.” Click through to check out their selections, and if you’re in New York, visit The Missing Library at the Dumbo Arts Center before they close up shop on August 14th. … Read More

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