Posts Tagged: quartz

Transgressing Familiarity: Talking with Thomas Page McBee

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Thomas Page McBee discusses his new memoir, AMATEUR.

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This Week in Essays

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At Granta, Deepti Kapoor’s observations on traveling the world draw her closer to home. At The Rumpus, Kaylie Jones writes on the ripple effect mental illness has on a family grappling with a loved one’s struggles. Danielle Jackson traces her literary heritage and the guideposts who helped her along the way for Lit Hub.

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Facing Reality in China’s “Ultra-Unreal” Literature

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A literary movement aiming to express the surrealist daily life of modern China (a reality that can’t be captured by traditional genres like satire or horror) is giving the next generation of Chinese authors the opportunity to subtly critique their surroundings without government backlash. Author Ning Ken calls this new genre choahuan, or ultra-unreal, which […]

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Nollywood in Vogue

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Nearly a decade ago, Binvayanga Wainaina wrote an essay for Granta that changed his whole life. Now, he looks at the interior of African publishing, the landscape of literature on the continent, and the “Nollywoodification of the book market”: “I am least interested about how Europe, the West, represents Africa. The essay I wrote – ‘How to […]

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House of Library Catalog Cards

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The New York Public Library owns an absolutely peculiar collection: a 6000+ cards  catalog of hand-typed children books reviews, written by librarians over the years. Lynn Lobash, NYPL reader services overseer, explained to Quartz that, “There’s about a billion card catalogs in the library, but these are special in that they were used as a […]

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