Posts Tagged: the daily beast

This Week in Trumplandia

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Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a crappy toilet drain. You owe it to yourself, your community, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Best-selling author James Patterson is handing out bonuses to bookstore employees once again, celebrating the people who make best-selling authors possible. The Daily Beast has a roundup of some of the best independent bookstores across the country. As if you needed another reason to move to Canada, Toronto is getting five new bookstores.

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Welcome to Miami

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For The Daily Beast, Alex Segura analyzes what makes Miami such a great backdrop for mystery novels and stories: It’s easy to be lulled by the Caribbean breeze and beautiful sights, but Miami can be lethal, too, its urban sprawl littered with illicit deals, shocking scandals and seething corruption—a collection of dark tales and only-in-Miami stories […]

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Does Commercial Success Hurt Literature?

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Publishers are offering big paydays to debut authors—that’s the good news. The bad news is that the books earning big money aren’t particularly literary. Tom Leclair at The Daily Beast takes to task Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s novel The Nest as too middlebrow to be considered great literature: I understand the economic strategy: a novelist with no […]

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Better Read Saul

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Surely one of the healthier ironies of the United States is that its finest postwar novelist was an illegal immigrant from Canada. At The Daily Beast, Michael Weiss writes a long and thoughtful essay on Saul Bellow and his often overlooked current cultural relevance.

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This Week in Posivibes: Don’t Call it a Comeback

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Though after a short year-long reunion (and a 48-year history), we’re officially losing Pink Floyd, this summer has been overrun with bands getting back together! Gregg Allman was joined on stage by Jaimoe and Warren Haynes at Peach Fest, and has recently said there is potential for a full Allman Brothers reunion. Culture Club is officially touring […]

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George Plimpton: Paris Review Founder, Fireworks Connoisseur

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At The Daily Beast, Anthony Haden-Guest reminisces about the annual Fourth of July party thrown by George Plimpton, founder and editor of the Paris Review. Not only did Plimpton throw the biggest and best fireworks parties in the Hamptons, he requested that his ashes be packed into a firework upon his death. Plimpton died in 2003; […]

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Trigger Warning

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Neil Gaiman talks with The Daily Beast about his new story collection, Trigger Warning, why he chose the controversial title, and why he’s become obsessed with the conversation around trigger warnings: It seemed to me that so much of it was about content, about where do we stand on fiction and stories that upset you […]

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Lost in Translation

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Three Percent, a resource for international literature at the University of Rochester, derives its name from the fact that about 3 percent of all the books published in the U.S. every year are translations. But the bulk of these are technical writings or reprints of literary classics; only 0.7 percent are first-time translations of fiction […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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On Tuesday, Guernica published “Walking on Water,” an excerpt from Payem Faeli’s 2010 novella, I Will Grow, I Will Bear Fruit… Figs. In this excerpt, translated into English by Sarah Khalili, Faeli provides a meditative taste of the novella’s wandering narrator, a young boy in search of a name. You can see Faeli’s impulse toward […]

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Straight Outta Gotham

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On August 18, hip-hop and comic book nerds alike convened to celebrate the release of Volume 2 of Ed Piskor’s The Hip-Hop Family Tree, a history of the genre in graphic novel-form. In the Daily Beast, Daniel Genis explains how the competing personae and one-upsmanship among rappers translate so easily to a medium that often […]

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How Books Clubs Went Indie

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“Forty-something Betsy Birdsall jokes that she likes the Rumpus group because it enables her to hang out in her bathrobe and slippers while pretending she has friends. She says Elliot encouraged her to get active with the club’s discussion group. ‘This is the first online community I’ve been a part of,’ Birdsall, a paralegal from […]

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Self-published Author Takes On Amazon

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After two years of global roaming, Andrew Hyde funded his self-published travel book This Book Is About Travel through the website Kickstarter. His funders indicated their overwhelming preference that his book be available on a Kindle, a sentiment understood and welcomed by the author himself, who is a self-identified Kindle reader. With the Kindle garnering […]

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Graphic Renaissance

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“If a comic can serve as the mediating mask of tragedy, that might help explain why graphic novels are proving so successful in depicting not only torture and war but illness, domestic conflict, even teenage trauma—anything hard to face in the raw. Comics can morph directly from realism to expressionist fantasy—from a prison cell or […]

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Women’s Prisons

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The authors of Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives From Women’s Prisons compare stories gathered for the book with last month’s report by Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. The bottom line: women in prisons face rape and abuse by guards, error-ridden medical care, and, in many states, shackling […]

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Bright Lights, Big City and “The Shattering of the Self”

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“…Jay McInerney’s 1984 publication of Bright Lights allows us excavation to an even earlier level of American self-confusion. The novel’s second-person narrative, which people found so powerfully affecting, cannot be dismissed as but a clever trick when seen in a broader context—as a visceral reaction to the early stage of a society where Don DeLillo’s […]

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