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Elena Ferrante: my primary school years were full of wonder | Books | The Guardian

Elena Ferrante: my primary school years were full of wonder | Books | The Guardian | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Will that feeling return?
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Moving Targets | by Gini Alhadeff

Moving Targets | by Gini Alhadeff | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
William Eggleston’s portraits—like the one of a salesman sitting despondently on the edge of his bed in a motel, his rigid steel-rimmed suitcase opened flat on a desk, or the one of a frail, thin woman on an outdoor sofa—always look like movie stills, and you feel you’ve seen the movie.
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Why We Should Think Twice Before Applauding ABT's New Women Choreographers Initiative

Why We Should Think Twice Before Applauding ABT's New Women Choreographers Initiative | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, American Ballet Theatre announced the A.B.T. Women'sMovement, a new program that will support three women choreographers perseason, one of whom will make work on the main company."The ABTWomen's Movement takes inspiration from the groundbreaking femalechoreographers who have...
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David Sedaris on ‘Calypso’ - The New York Times

David Sedaris on ‘Calypso’ - The New York Times | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Sedaris talks about his latest book, and Alisa Roth discusses “Insane:America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness.”...
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3 Classic Reviews for Judy Blume's Birthday | Literary Hub

3 Classic Reviews for Judy Blume's Birthday | Literary Hub | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (1970) "The comical longings of little girls who want to be big girls—exercising to the chant of 'We must—we must—increase our bust!'—and the wistful longing of Margaret, who talks comfortably to God, for a religion, come together as her anxiety to be normal, which is natural enough
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When Valentine’s Day Goes Wrong: Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock

When Valentine’s Day Goes Wrong: Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Lindsay's haunting 1967 historical fiction novel tells the (possibly true) tale of a group of female students from an Australian girls' boarding school who inexplicably vanish while on a Valentine's Day picnic at Hanging Rock. Framed as a true story, and corroborated by various delightfully dubious sources, it has
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How Medieval Storytellers Shape Our Understanding of Romance | Literary Hub

How Medieval Storytellers Shape Our Understanding of Romance | Literary Hub | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
The very word romance comes from the word roman—that is, a narrative written in one of the Romance languages derived from Latin (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian). These tales often followed the adventures of a knight, whose aim was to prove himself in battle and in the bedroom. Over time the French word
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Kafka Was a Terrible Boyfriend | Literary Hub

Kafka Was a Terrible Boyfriend | Literary Hub | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Over the course of a single night in September 1912 Czech writer Franz Kafka penned "Das Urteil" ("The Judgement"), a short story of which he was particularly proud. He dedicated the story to Felice Bauer, a woman he had met six weeks earlier. This tale—which depicts the emotionally deformed relationship between a
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TS Eliot's The Waste Land remains one of the finest reflections on mental illness ever written | Books | The Guardian

TS Eliot's The Waste Land remains one of the finest reflections on mental illness ever written | Books | The Guardian | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
The poet’s modernist masterpiece gathered fragments of an arduous life, some of which can be traced to a seafront shelter in Margate
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Susan Sontag's "Astonishingly American" Nonfiction Debut | Literary Hub

Susan Sontag's "Astonishingly American" Nonfiction Debut | Literary Hub | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
The ideal or the dream would be to arrive at a language that heals as much as it separates. * "...the author of the collection of essays and reviews at hand stands forth as a genuine discovery. Her book, which includes 26 pieces published between 1961 and 1965 in periodicals ranging from Partisan Review to Film
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Thomas Pynchon's Patriotic Lamentation | Literary Hub

Thomas Pynchon's Patriotic Lamentation | Literary Hub | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
"Shall I project a world?" * "Thomas Pynchon's second novel, The Crying of Lot 49, reads like an episode withheld from his first, the much-acclaimed V., published three years ago. Pynchon's technical virtuosity, his adaptations of the apocalyptic-satiric modes of Melville, Conrad, and Joyce, of Faulkner, Nathanael West
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Ursula K. Le Guin's Best Life Advice | Literary Hub

Ursula K. Le Guin's Best Life Advice | Literary Hub | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Legendary novelist and short fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin died on Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 88. In her long career, Le Guin wrote a bit of everything: fiction, essays, books for young people, a craft manual, and ten volumes of poetry. She wrote fantasy, SF, realism, yes, but mostly she
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#5onFri: Five Ways Writers Can Be Accountable

#5onFri: Five Ways Writers Can Be Accountable | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Carving out time to write can be tough! Check out these five tips on how to remain accountable to your writing process.
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A story of survival: New York’s last remaining independent bookshops | Books | The Guardian

A story of survival: New York’s last remaining independent bookshops | Books | The Guardian | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Writer Philippe Ungar and photographer Franck Bohbot travelled across the Big Apple to meet 50 indie booksellers in their habitats...
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"Once Upon a Time" and Other Formulaic Folktale Flourishes

"Once Upon a Time" and Other Formulaic Folktale Flourishes | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
We take the phrase “once upon a time” for granted, but if you thinkabout it, it’s quite oddball English. Upon a time—? That’s just astrange construction.
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David Sedaris Has a New Essay Collection. It Changed Alan Cumming’s Whole Worldview. - The New York Times

David Sedaris Has a New Essay Collection. It Changed Alan Cumming’s Whole Worldview. - The New York Times | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
In “Calypso,” Sedaris delivers a caustically funny take on theindignities and banalities of everyday life, Cumming writes.
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Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88 - The New York Times

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88 - The New York Times | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Ms. Le Guin brought literary elegance and a feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy tales, drawing millions of readers around the world.
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THE HORSE: BELOVED METAPHOR OF YOUR FAVORITE 19TH-CENTURY NOVELISTS

THE HORSE: BELOVED METAPHOR OF YOUR FAVORITE 19TH-CENTURY NOVELISTS | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
The word "metaphor" comes from the Greek metaphorein, meaning to carry, to transport, which refers, in this sense, to the act of transferring something from here to there; for example, the transference of meaning from what is literally said to what is actually meant. In other words, the wealth of a metaphor consists in
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If Literature’s “Complicated Men” Were On Tinder - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

If Literature’s “Complicated Men” Were On Tinder - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Name: Holden Caulfield
Age: 19
Occupation: “Jobs” are for phonies who “care” about phony stuff like “bills” and “food”
About Holden: Only lookin
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The Fine Art of Falling to Pieces | Literary Hub

The Fine Art of Falling to Pieces | Literary Hub | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
Once upon a time I was falling in love, But now I'm only falling apart. –Bonnie Tyler, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" What happens to a woman alone? This question, though in theory settled by experience—they muddle on much like anybody else—is one we can't seem to quite let go of. Books are written in defense of the
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For Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Nearly 100, the Beat Goes On

For Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Nearly 100, the Beat Goes On | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
A retrospective collection from the poet and publisher, “Ferlinghetti’s Greatest Poems,” gets at his rebellious appeal.
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The Joycean Messiness of The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

The Joycean Messiness of The Wind Up Bird Chronicle | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
"I could hear the roots of loneliness creeping through me when the world was hushed at four o'clock in the morning" * "One of the preoccupying themes of Japanese literature in this century has been the question of what it means to be Japanese, especially in an era that has seen the rise and fall of militarism and the
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The Last Days of Oscar Wilde | Literary Hub

The Last Days of Oscar Wilde | Literary Hub | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
He stared hard at Frank Harris, harder than he ever had, because this fact Harris needed to understand, even if it had to be driven in with hammer and nail. If they were to continue to coexist in this hotel, to continue to pass weeks together exiled from their respective homes, Harris had to give up the expectation
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My Last Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin | Literary Hub

My Last Conversation with Ursula K. Le Guin | Literary Hub | Eye on Literature | Scoop.it
For the past 57 years, one of the most original imaginations ever to grace American letters has lived in a hundred-year-old house built from a kit from Sears. "You could order it out of a catalogue," its owner, the writer Ursula K. Le Guin, told me three years ago. It's late 2014 and Le Guin—the writer who invented
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