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Joyce Carol Oates talks about Foxfire‘s newest film adaptation and its relevance to feminism and online internet harassment. Flannery O’Connor reads her short story, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” I’ve never actually heard her read before. Excellent. You can trade your used books online at Paperbackswap. I’ve been looking for something like this. Flavorwire compiles a list of the…

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You can see what people are reading on the subways over at The Underground New York Public Library. Another great blog I discovered: Pen and Ink. Tattoos and the stories behind them. Many people were upset earlier this year about having no Pulitzer Prize awarded for fiction. In the New Yorker, writer Michael Cunningham (who was one of members of the jury…

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Ray Bradbury passed away recently. I read Fahrenheit 451 when I was in middle school. I believe we also watched the movie adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, although I used to think it was just a bad dream I had. I never really got around to reading more of his work until recently, but he was quite a…

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I read this really great essay by Benjamin Hale that addresses the real value of literary prizes and what literature lives on years and years later. Basically, there is mediocre literature winning tons of awards that everyone forgets quickly and there is literature that is typically very polarizing and is usually recognized long after the writer has passed. Would you…

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One of my old creative writing professors was named a Guggenheim fellow. Pretty fantastic. A friend of mine called my attention to it and we reminisced about our days in fiction workshop at the Biscayne Bay campus and our quick dinners at Taco Bell. Huh. Here’s something new I learned today: apparently, Emily Dickinson used to love to bake a…

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