Posts Tagged: spies

An Erasure of Distance: Traveling in Circles with Nathan Englander

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Nathan Englander talks about his new novel, Dinner at the Center of the Earth, the experience of being interviewed, and why he believes books can save lives.

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What to Read When You Are Surrounded by Spies

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Here, in one handy list, are a few of our favorite spy novels. Watch your back!

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Monkey’s Paw in Toronto sells random books from a biblio-mat machine. A manhunt is on for a thief who stole two rare books in New York City. The last bookstore in Peshawar, Pakistan is closing. A Dallas, Texas bookstore is tricking people into buying books by making them sound like clickbait.

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The Read Along: Megha Majumdar

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Megha Majumdar on Russian spies, child-sized newspapers, and why reading difficult fiction can invigorate, rather than depress.

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Tinker, Tailor, Novelist, Spy

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It is not so surprising that so many writers have worked in intelligence. Writers create plots; spies uncover them. In a sense, all writers function like spies—observing the people around them, studying character types, becoming flies-on-the-wall for the purpose of their art. Successful writers from Christopher Marlowe to Roald Dahl have led parallel careers in […]

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Listen to This!

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In 1958 Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler discussed each other’s writing in this BBC interview. Being seasoned wordsmiths on the subject, they discuss what makes a British thriller versus an American thriller (apparently “thriller” is an elusive term), heroes and villains and frustrations with bestseller lists. This conversation is definitely worth a listen!

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Morning Coffee

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How about some rad London street art that is not by Banksy to start your day. If you should find yourself in Oklahoma, perhaps you would like to check out the Woolaroc ranch? I certainly would. Scientific fact: smart women are alcoholics. The Canadians have uncovered a Chinese internet espionage ring. Way to go Canada! […]

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