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Book Birthdays, November 24: Posthumous Christopher Hitchens, Oliver Sacks

And Yet by Christopher Hitchens

New books born November 24th by Christopher Hitchens, Oliver Sacks, and Julianna Baggott.

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On Pandering and Growing Stupid Together: Monday’s Margins

You Are Not Entitled to My Body

Claire Vaye Watkins on pandering and Pankaj Mishra on growing stupid together–plus a profile of Roger Angell.

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Book Birthdays, November 17: A Paris Review Anthology

Paris Review Unprofessionals cover

We got an email from The Paris Review today about their new anthology, The Unprofessionals

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Throw Away Your Mind: Monday’s Margins

This machine has no brain, use your own.

Links of the week: Throwing away your mind in academia, Beirut vs. Paris, the fatal flaw in weak descriptions, Joseph Bates grows up, and Alan Watts on death.

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Book Birthdays, November 10: Cunningham, Moody, and a Tom Petty Bio

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Books released November 10th include rewritten fairy tales by Michael Cunningham, a Tom Petty bio, and Rick Moody’s “best novel in many years.”

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University Press Week, Carrie Brownstein, and Ayn Rand: Monday’s Margins

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This week’s links of note: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein, How to Get Published in Lit Mags, #upweek, and contemplating Ayn Rand.

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Book Birthdays, November 3: Allende, Connelly, Eco, Irving

John Irving Avenue of Mysteries cover

New books born on November 3rd, 2015: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, The Crossing: A Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly, Numero Zero by Umberto Eco, Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

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“In What?”: Kanye West’s “I’m In It” as Racially Embodied Text

Kanye West Yeezus album cover

The dominant message is complicated by a series of stereotypical and challenging racial referents, gradually politicizing the song and giving it accumulated weight.

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Best Music of 2014

Damien Juardo Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Music has started to sound different. The idea of the album is on the chopping block as websites make playlists for us.

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The Myth of The Alcoholic Writer and Praying Drunk: Monday’s Margins

Abandoned liquor store

“Loneliness is a state of lack, a longing, and though that can be acutely painful it’s also interesting.”

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Top Ten Albums of 2013

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The National’s Trouble Will Find Me tops Identity Theory’s 10 best albums of 2013.

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“Weightless” by Washed Out: Song of the Month, December 2013

Washed Out Paracosm album cover

You’ve waited all your life
To leave it all behind

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25 Years After: Die Hard, A Degenerative Retrospective

Bruce Willis in Die Hard

John McTiernan’s Die Hard opened twenty-five years ago to a mixed reception, receiving both popular praise and critical loathing.

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“Sea of Love” by The National: Song of the Month, November 2013

The National Trouble Will Find Me album cover

Our music editor Anna-Lynne is in love with “Sea of Love” by The National so hard that she selected it to be our song of the month for November.

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Enter The Valley of Amazement: Monday’s Margins

The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan cover

New books this week from Amy Tan, Ann Patchett, Fannie Flagg and more.

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