literature

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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The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2016

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It’s far too early to have read the major book releases of 2016 — or even the likely contenders published in the first quarter of 2016 — but at this point it’s fair to say that among all of the forthcoming novels and works of nonfiction that we’re aware of, a selection of standouts has emerged.
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Break the Document: How Svetlana Alexievich’s Nobel Prize Lecture Illuminates the Year in Literature

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In her 2015 Nobel Prize lecture, literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich called upon “the sad melodies of the choir” to sing of how the post-Soviet dream of hope “has been replaced by a time of fear.” In doing so, she deliberately reenacted the “new genre” of literature for which the committee awarded her the prize in October.
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Google Books and the End of ‘The Art of the Publisher’

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Google, child of Alphabet, has won (for the moment) the right to scan and make searchable the world’s 129,864,880 books (roughly 30 million have already been scanned). The decision in the case, brought by the Authors Guild, has been met with a mixture of boredom (it has been ten years, after all), layman legal posturing about fair use, and indifference to Google Books’ conceptual affiliation with the broader project of publishing. The basic takeaway from the majority of commentators — who are almost exclusively tech writers — is that we’re too far down the techno-libertarian rabbit hole to worry about Google Books overmuch. The whole of the project just feels normal to us now.
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Bookish Business Card Designs

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Happy Book Lovers’ Day, lit fiends! If you’re looking for an excuse to blow off your responsibilities, this is it. While you’re getting lost in a good book — preferably in bed — keep the bookish theme of your day going by browsing a few business card designs inspired by, well, books. We like to think that book nerds are more clever than the average human. So, get creative with your schmoozing, and try one of these literary designs for yourself.
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