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John Darnielle Explains His Cultural Influences

John Darnielle has been putting out music for nearly two decades as the Mountain Goats, but this week he releases an excellent new novel, Wolf in White Van, which was just long-listed for the National Book Award. The book traces backwards through the life of Sean Phillips, who — following … More »

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Where Do You Go After Writing Your Ending? A Q&A With John Darnielle

On September 16, John Darnielle—best known as the singer/guitarist and essential constituent of the band the Mountain Goats—released his debut novel, Wolf in White Van. A day later, the National Book Foundation announced it had been nominated to the long list for the 2014 National Book Award for fiction. Read more…

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Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

The cartoonist creator of ‘Dykes to Watch Out For,’ graphic memoirist, and originator of the ‘Bechdel Test’ for movies, has been awarded a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant. We celebrate why.

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Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics.

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Here Is the Longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction

The shortlist will arrive on October 15 and the winners will be announced November 19. We won’t pick a favorite but only one of the authors on this list has recorded an impassioned defense of Justin Bieber. Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary WomanMolly Antopol, The UnAmericansJohn Darnielle, Wolf in White VanAnthony … More »

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See the Beautiful Book Jacket for Jami Attenberg’s Saint Mazie

In her last novel, The Middlesteins, author Jami Attenberg wrote a tale of family life in the modern Midwest. For her next one, Saint Mazie, due in June 2015, she goes back in time to Depression-era New York City. Here’s a look at the beautiful jacket art for Saint Mazie … More »

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Alison Bechdel Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

Comics memoirist Alison Bechdel is one of this year’s 21 new MacArthur Fellows, and she’s just the second cartoonist ever to be awarded the honor. Bechdel tells the L.A. Times she’s going to use the $650,000 grant to “pay off some debts, save for retirement — really boring stuff.” Here’s … More »

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See Neil Patrick Harris’s Very Charming Book Trailer

Since he already wrote the book, Neil Patrick Harris used the trailer for his forthcoming memoir Choose Your Own Autobiography to show off some of his many other talents. As you might expect, NPH is a pretty great magician, and a very bad competitive binge drinker. This is delightful. … More »

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Cara Delevingne Will Star in the Latest John Green Adaptation

In a casting move that has author John Green “so excited!” Cara Delevingne and her eyebrows have signed on for the upcoming screen adaptation of Green’s Paper Towns. The model will star as Margo, a mysterious young woman who enthralls a nerdy teen played by The Fault in Our Stars’ Nat … More »

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My Father Was James Brown. I Watched Him Beat My Mother. And Then I Found Myself With Someone Like Dad.

It’s no secret that James Brown had a dark side. This summer’s biopic Get On Up left out many of the weird, uncomfortable, and simply violent incidents that Brown instituted or participated in. But it wasn’t until now that we’ve been able to get a look at just how frightening … More »

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How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

Forty years ago today, Robert Caro’s ‘The Power Broker’—a magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses—rewrote the rules of biography.

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10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today’s genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to.Read more…

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Julian Assange Is Here to Discuss His New Book

Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks. A wanted man, he recently began his third year living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He joins us now to answer your questions about his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks.Read more…

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The Elite American College Pile-On

The Ivy League and other top schools are producing no more than ‘excellent sheep,’ says William Deresiewicz. Standardized tests need more emphasis, says Steven Pinker. What they miss.

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From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

While Russians in America argue over Sergei Dovlatov’s legacy, Russia tightens its grip.

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Books donated to fire-hit art school

Glasgow School of Art replaces 22% of its most popular books that were lost in a fire at its Mackintosh building in June.

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A programming note: tomorrow (Monday) at noon Eastern time, Julian Assange will be online here to answer reader questions about his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks. Join us then. Read more…

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David Mitchell’s Novel’s Empty Calories

One of the best novelists alive, Mitchell probably couldn’t write a truly bad book, but while his latest effort is always entertaining, nothing about it sticks with you.

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They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

It seemed like exaggerated fictional future at the time, but E.B. White and Gary K. Wolf’s decades-old prophecies about Americans’ sports obsessions now look strikingly dead-on.

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Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed

Arguably America’s most influential historian, Burns fashions a fascinating documentary from the lives of Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor. But his story has grave gaps.

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