Saturday, August 24, 2013

Great American Literary Magazines ‘The Paris Review’ Has Outlasted

 Great American Literary Magazines 'The Paris Review' Has Outlasted
It’s probably safe to say that if Charlie Rose invites you to come on his show to talk about your literary magazine, you’re doing things right. Established in 1953 by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton, The Paris Review — which has been around for 60 years, and whose editor Lorin Stein (along with contributors James Salter, Mona Simpson, and John Jeremiah Sullivan) appeared to discuss the magazine with Rose earlier this week — is the preeminent literary journal in the English language, and stands shoulder to shoulder with institutions like The New Yorker and Harper’s. … Read More

The 50 Greatest Campus Novels Ever Written

No matter how old you are, the back-to-school season holds a certain kind of allure – be it nostalgia for scholarly tradition, the crisping of the days, a Pavlovian need to buy books, or just the satisfaction that you don’t have to be in class ever again. If you’re looking to indulge yourself without the schoolwork, you may take pleasure in another hallowed tradition: the campus novel. That is, books concerning the lives of students, professors, and miscellaneous academics, generally in or around a college. Here are 50 of the… Read 

Wonderful Vintage Pulp Covers for Domestic Suspense Novels

Wonderful Vintage Pulp Covers for Domestic Suspense Novels

Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, editor Sarah Weinman’s collection of “stories from the trailblazers of domestic suspense,” is not only one of the year’s must-have collections of forgotten writings; it also continues the excellent trend of under-appreciated fiction subgenres getting the respect they rightfully deserve. And even though we know you should never judge a book by one, the cover of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives is as irresistible as the stories by Patricia Highsmith, Vera Caspary, and the other writers included in this marvelous collection of crime fiction. It’s a design that pulls you in with its homage to old-school pulp paperback covers of the kind of novels authors in Weinman’s anthology published. … Read More

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