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  1. history lesson
    Emily Dickinson Didn’t Really Get High on Opium at a House Party, Right?It’s doubtful, but we asked a Dickinson scholar just to be sure.
  2. deaths
    Literary Critic Harold Bloom Dead at 89He taught his last class at Yale last week.
  3. literature
    You Get Oprah’s New Book Club, and You Get Oprah’s New Book ClubThanks, Apple TV+.
  4. memoirs
    I Tried to Be Virginia Woolf. A Brilliant New Memoir Comes Closer.Katharine Smyth’s All the Lives We Ever Lived is both a literary tribute and a powerful debut of its own.
  5. books
    Publishers Weekly Has Acquired the MillionsIt was one of the last independent book blogs.
  6. books
    Here’s the List of This Year’s National Book Award WinnersIt includes a few surprises and the return of the Translated Literature category.
  7. Long Works of Literature Made Shorter—and Better—with the Addition of […] Atlas Shrugged “Who is John Galt?” The light was ebbing, and Eddie Willers could not distinguish the bum’s face. The bum had said it simply, […]
  8. The Best Comedy Books of 2017 Do you like volumes of comic essays that you’ll end up reading entirely in one sitting? How about amusingly embarrassing memoirs, […]
  9. tributes
    I Wish This Tribute to Oscar Wilde Could Remain in New York ForeverThis enchanted mise-en-scène is devoted to Wilde’s tragic last chapter: his trial and imprisonment for homosexuality, followed by his death in exile.
  10. A Pairing Menu for Works of Postmodern Literature and Appropriate […] The paranoia-inducing The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon is best paired with a room temperature watermelon wine cooler, which should […]
  11. The Best Comedy Books of 2016 Now what we’ve got here is an embarrassment of riches. There were so many truly funny books released this year, and funny books with […]
  12. nobel bump
    Bob Dylan’s Book Sales Skyrocket After Nobel Prize WinSales for his music have increased, too.
  13. radio vulture
    It Doesn’t Matter Whether Bob Dylan Is a Songwriter or a PoetHe’s both at once, and the Nobel Prize prompts a useful conversation.
  14. the awards they are a-changin'
    Celebrities, Authors React to Bob Dylan’s Nobel“I’m a Dylan fan, but this is an ill conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies.”
  15. on grammar
    Could We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)?A part of speech with all of these functions can’t possibly do all of them well. 
  16. Holden Caulfield Applies for an HR Position, by Dan MoreyGreg Roman Integrated Software 48 Detmire Road White Plains, NY 10601 Dear Mr. Roman, I’m writing to apply for the goddam HR Manager position […]
  17. Literary Birth Complications, by Dan RozierA Huckleberry Fin Good News: It’s a boy! Bad News: It’s a boy with a full-grown killer whale dorsal fin. Humbert Humbert’s Disease […]
  18. Jane Austen Responds to Spam, by Daniel HurwitzSubject: GOOD NEWS TO SHARE WITH YOU!! From: David david@freeipad.org To: Jane Austen Hi Friend! OH MY GOSH! I know I shouldn’t talk about […]
  19. Nick Offerman and Bo Burnham Both Have New Books Out TodayIt’s a big day for comedy books, as there are new ones out from Parks and Recreation’s mustachioed civil servant Nick Offerman and from […]
  20. 2013 Thurber Prize Finalists AnnouncedNamed after humorist James Thurber (pictured), the Thurber Prize for American Humor is the highest honor awarded for print humor writing, and […]
  21. Gary Oldman Brings the Appropriate Gravitas to R. Kelly’s Memoir And so it was written: “We’ll just let it do what it do.” It’s a shame Gary Oldman (aka the anti-Henny Youngman) chose to read this excerpt […]
  22. Mrs. Peniston and the Hilarious Vulgarity in Edith Wharton’s House of MirthWhen reading respected literature from the Western canon, it can be difficult to process humor found within a thick tome. Sometimes it’s too […]
  23. books
    Try Differentiating Quotes Between James Joyce and Kool KeithGame on!
  24. literature
    Beck Is Starting a Printing Press, Says Stephen MalkmusWhat else does Malkmus say?
  25. literature
    Andrew McCarthy, Travel Journalist, Is Writing a MemoirNot about acting, though.
  26. literature
    Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould Will Drop His Memoir This SummerThis should be good.
  27. literature
    Billy Joel Won’t Tell Us All His Deep Dark SecretsHis memoir is canceled.
  28. Why Do We Suck The Humor Out Of Education?Abraham Lincoln was funny. Dante’s Inferno was funny. Chaucer was funnier than that one story involving a poker in the dude’s butt which your […]
  29. literature
    The Wall Street Journal Offers a Sneak Peek at Jay-Z’s Book of Annotated Lyrics“8. A reference to Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus.’”
  30. literature
    Jay-Z Will Release Debut Book via Moderately Popular Search EngineBing!
  31. literature
    Ricky Martin Memoir Coming SoonIt’s called ‘Me.’
  32. literature
    Dunder Mifflin Receptionist to Publish Debut NovelCongrats, Ellie Kemper!
  33. literature
    Which Red-Hot Amish Romance Novel Should We Read First?They all look so hot!
  34. literature
    If You Know Only One Thing About V.S. Naipaul, It Should Be ThisThe ‘Times’ review of a new Naipual biography includes a few great anecdotes about him, but they’re all trumped by this one.
  35. snobbery
    Are American Writers Too Insular to Win the Nobel Prize?The top member of the award jury says that our literature is too ignorant to be considered seriously for a Nobel. Harumph!