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Jul 15, 2021
There’s a famous psychology experiment where children are left in a room with one marshmallow each. The children are told that if they wait and don’t eat it straight away, they will be given a second one. On average, preschool kids resist for less than ten minutes before eating it. It showcases a quintessentially human experience—our […]
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Jul 15, 2021
Not long before releasing her convention-defying novel Outline, the British writer Rachel Cusk told a Guardian interviewer that, in the wake of critical backlash to her memoir Aftermath, she came to find fiction “fake and embarrassing.” She continued: “Once you have suffered sufficiently, the idea of making up John and Jane and having them do […]
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Jul 15, 2021
If surveillance doesn’t make us act differently, explain this: The psychology department’s coffee room at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom offers coffee and tea on the honor system: users put their money in a box. The department decided to rotate different price list signs as part of a research study. One week a picture […]
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Jul 15, 2021
I was already a voracious reader by kindergarten. During recess, while the other children were outside, I would sit, alone, on the rug of the classroom, escaping into the vortex of a book. Back at home, I did much of the same: laying on the floor in a corner of the room, reading whatever I […]
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Jul 14, 2021
“All I can think of is some of my idiotic statements in 200 newspapers.” Shirley Jackson writes to her parents about navigating literary fame, alongside with its infamous companion: financial insecurity. | Lit Hub Rae Nudson considers how makeup can strengthen the oppressed—like it did at Stonewall. | Lit Hub History It always comes back […]
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Jul 14, 2021
Plot. For some novelists I know, it’s a dirty word. It’s “expected”, Or “tired”. Or, if I really know the person well, they might admit they say it’s tired because it feels just impossible. Thinking on this, I wanted to share a trick that I’ve come across after crashing and burning too many times to […]
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Jul 14, 2021
This is Thresholds, a series of conversations with writers about experiences that completely turned them upside down, disoriented them in their lives, changed them, and changed how and why they wanted to write. Hosted by Jordan Kisner, author of the new essay collection, Thin Places, and brought to you by Lit Hub Radio. In this episode, Kaveh […]
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Jul 14, 2021
The late 1940s were a pivotal professional period for Shirley Jackson. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published by Farrar, Straus and Company in February 1948. She was catapulted into literary celebrity (and notoriety) that June, when her short story ‘The Lottery’ first appeared in The New Yorker. The author received hundreds […]
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Jul 14, 2021
One of the greatest pleasures of writing speculative fiction is inventing an imagined world, extrapolating forward or backward or outward from the present time and place to imagine what life might be like in the future or on another planet. As we grapple with the present-day effects of climate change—and as we try to imagine […]
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Jul 14, 2021
Tor Books, in partnership with Literary Hub, presents Voyage Into Genre! Every other Wednesday, join host Drew Broussard for conversations with Tor authors discussing their new books, the future, and the future of genre. Oh, and maybe there’ll be some surprises along the way… * ITINERARY: July 14, 2021 Edinburgh, Scotland (20xx) to talk to […]
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Jul 14, 2021
Let me refer to myself in glorious ways: Colors seem brighter, the sky is a shocking blue. I carry my stomach in this bowl and earth is planted in my blood. From your last letter, I gather hills. I’m trying to keep my tenderness in check. Trying to see what kind of grill the neighbors […]
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Jul 14, 2021
Sometimes I worry—and I hope all of my colleagues do the same—that I haven’t found the very best books for a particular month/column/theme/roundup. Then I take a deep breath, and remember that no single person can find the best book, let alone a whole set of them. It’s been so hot these past few weeks. […]
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Jul 14, 2021
When Jerry Seinfeld was eight years old, he remembers a day when he was watching television with his family, and a comedian was on, and he was telling stories, and his dad said, “See that guy on the TV? His actual job is to be funny.” Something obviously took because 20 years later that little […]
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Jul 14, 2021
Matt Bell is the guest. His new book, Appleseed, is out now from Custom House. From the episode: Matt Bell: I don’t think fiction has to be utilitarian, but a utility it does have is the ability to imagine other ways of being and to imagine otherwise, as Daniel Heath Justice says. There are sort […]
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Jul 13, 2021
“A part of me still believes it isn’t possible to be a brown writer and also be funny and also be taken seriously. But I’ve taken the leap and put my name on this book.” Tahmima Anam on the serious business of being funny. | Lit Hub Searching for Moby-Dick (and the elusive truths of […]
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Jul 13, 2021
Freddy had just started first grade and loved singing while walking to school. This was how his mother began tenderly describing her son during a visit with his pediatrician. Perhaps she was fortifying herself for the appointment’s real purpose or trying to convince herself that, despite some of his peculiar behaviors, nothing was really wrong. […]
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Jul 13, 2021
I think of Dana Spiotta’s novels as paintings or films—figures in a landscape. A rock star wannabe brother and his complicated sister in Stone Arabia; Meadow Mori and her best friend Carrie Wexler, filmmakers raised on the fringes of Hollywood whose careers veer in different directions, in Innocents and Others. In her powerful new novel Wayward, […]
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Jul 13, 2021
You, dear reader of this site, most likely carry a book with you wherever you go. A lot of the time, it’s wishful thinking. How will you read five books on your three-day weekend upstate? Are you really going to sit awkwardly on the sidelines of this house party with your book, you lovable and […]
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Jul 13, 2021
“Baseball statistics, unlike the statistics in any other area, have acquired the powers of language.” –Bill James * “There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.” –Herman Melville * “One man in charge, no committees, no crap. Fish or cut bait.” –Whitey Herzog * I. Loomings I got my first […]
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Jul 13, 2021
The Lit Hub Author Questionnaire is a monthly interview featuring seven questions for five authors with new books. This month we talk to: * Anuk Arudpragasam (A Passage North) Elizabeth Gonzalez James (Mona at Sea) Elizabeth Greenwood (Love Lockdown: Dating, Sex, and Marriage in America’s Prisons) Kristen Radtke (Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness) […]
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Jul 13, 2021
Rose Lanam is the name of my alter ego. I conjured her up in order to write my new novel, The Startup Wife, my fourth book and my first comedy. Early on, as I was dreaming of this book, I realized I needed a new persona to write it. She needed to be of me, […]
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Jul 13, 2021
My mom gave my daughter, Gemma, a white doll, and I seethed. The doll was a pudgy velour newborn with a piglet-colored face, opaque blue eyes, and yellow-yarn hair. Glancing at my husband, I suppressed my instinct to take it away. I didn’t want to ruin the moment. So I let my daughter play with […]
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Jul 13, 2021
Here’s what I’ve been called at poker tables: the Librarian, the Velvet Terrorist, the Giggling Assassin; a beast; a bully; a bully in a pearl bracelet; a nice-looking lady who plays cards like an Internet kid; that actress who played Charlie Sheen’s stalker-next-door on Two and a Half Men. In Atlantic City, a guy said: […]
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Jul 13, 2021
Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by John Hagel, author of The Journey Beyond Fear: Leverage the Three Pillars of Positivity to Build Your […]
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Jul 12, 2021
“I said, ‘Oh, all right, but I’m not singing.’” Read an oral history of the epically terrible Star Wars holiday special (which obviously achieved cult status after George Lucas tried to bury it). | Lit Hub Film Why Joyce Maynard’s new novel—the story of a writer-artist couple who fall in love, then fall apart—will sound […]
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