J M Coetzee

50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter

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We’ve reached the time of year when the days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending. Good if you’re a vampire or like to go to sleep early, less exciting for the rest of us. So what is one to do with all this extra darkness? Well, read some dark books, of course. Because there’s nothing better to cut through the literal gloom than to curl up with some intellectual doom. All you need is a tiny light to see your book by. Read on for 50 gloriously dark novels to read during these dark days. After a while, you may even stop wishing for the light to …Read More

50 Novels Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person

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It’s a new year, and resolutions are flying left and right. Here’s one that’s always on everyone’s mind, beginning of the year or no: how to be a better person. Well, since science keeps proving that reading literary fiction accomplishes that very fact, why not attack a novel in order to spruce up your heart and mind? Click through for 50 novels to make you kinder, cleverer, more productive, and a whole lot more open to the experience of …Read More

The 50 Greatest Campus Novels Ever Written

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No matter how old you are, the back-to-school season holds a certain kind of allure – be it nostalgia for scholarly tradition, the crisping of the days, a Pavlovian need to buy books, or just the satisfaction that you don’t have to be in class ever again. If you’re looking to indulge yourself without the schoolwork, you may take pleasure in another hallowed tradition: the campus novel. That is, books concerning the lives of students, professors, and miscellaneous academics, generally in or around a college. Here are 50 of the …Read More

The Childhood Art of Famous Authors

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Famous authors: they once were little kids who drew pictures for their parents, just like us. Recently, a few childhood drawings of E.E. Cummings were discovered and put on display by the Massachusetts Historical Society — and while it’s not clear whether they tell us anything about the future poet’s work, they’re certainly a fun window into the life of the artist as a young boy. After the jump, see a few more early artworks by some of your favorite authors — and be sure to add any others you find to the list in the comments.
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The Best Venice Biennale 2013 Artwork You Haven’t Heard About

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Ten days into the Venice Biennale, the vast majority of reporting has been dedicated to three things: the inaugural national pavilion for Vatican City, the palpable aftershocks of political unrest in the Maldives, and the avalanche of praise for Massimiliano Gioni, who curated the centerpiece of the fair (seriously, I cannot find an unfavorable word about that guy). There is a lot of compression and consolidation at work, which makes sense, but it leaves out a lot. After the jump, discover a few pieces of work that have slipped away underrated so far at Venice.
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