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Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase

The novel is filled with such analysis-defying brilliances. “In the aquarium of my memory, it is always late autumn.” What’s not to like?

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Melancholy Inscription Anecdotes

Anything to do with Disch gets me down nowadays.

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Understatement and Overstatement

To Californians, England is a culture of understatement. To the English, California is a culture of overstatement. But from a more global perspective, both cultures are rather on the understated side of things.

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Dehaene and Proto-Letters

In Reading in the Brain, Stanislas Dehaene asks “What does a macaque do with the brain areas that we now devote to reading?”

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J.M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello

It’s exhilarating to find a novel in which such incommensurate world-views as Afrocentrism, veganism, and Catholicism are debated intelligently.

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The Everetts and the Pirahã

I just read Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes, a book by Daniel L. Everett about his time with the Pirahã (pronounced pee-da-HAN) tribe in the Brazilian Amazon.

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InsideStorytime BREAKDOWN

Events, tax day humor, and more.

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Vonnegut and the Y-Axis

I guess happy endings aren’t an organic feature of the stories ordinary people are driven to tell, but rather a constraint imposed on us by capitalist realism or socialist realism as the case may be?

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Series One of Skins

There are TV shows that, if you just watch whatever episode happens to be on the air right now, might strike you as kind of gratuitous — but if you watch the episodes in sequence and in the right spirit, turn out to have literary depth.

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Eisoptrophobia

‘Who’s that?’ she thought, gazing in the mirror at the feverish, scarred face with the strangely glittering eyes looking out at her.

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Great Story: “The Country of the Blind” by H.G. Wells

There’s always terror at the edge of Wells’s vision, linked to his awareness of how much humanity has to lose.

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Norman F. Dixon’s On the Psychology of Military Incompetence

On the Psychology of Military Incompetence is one of my favorite non-fiction books.

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Jo Walton’s Farthing

Farthing is a country house murder mystery, set in an alternate time-line where Britain and Nazi Germany have made peace some time after the fall of Dunkirk.

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Asserting Our Lack of Connection

“In the act of trying to save the old from destruction, we are asserting our lack of connection to that world.”

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Help test a new literary content aggregation website

On and off for the last year I’ve been developing a project called Readsfeed, a website that automatically shares snippets and links to short stories, poems, and reviews by literary publications on the web.

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