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Horror Queen Primer: 11 of the Best Shirley Jackson Books

Horror Queen Primer: 11 of the Best Shirley Jackson Books | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Here’s a look at some of the best Shirley Jackson books, encompassing both her career as a writer and her lasting influence on the horror genre.
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5 Great Books on Free Speech, Recommended by Professor and Author Timothy Garton Ash

5 Great Books on Free Speech, Recommended by Professor and Author Timothy Garton Ash | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The best books on free speech, as recommended by author and academic Timothy Garton Ash.
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Author of 'Free Speech: Ten Principles for A Connected World,' Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, where he is also director of Free Speech Debate, a global research project of the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom. In addition, he is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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9 Fictional Cities You’ll Want to Move To Right Now

9 Fictional Cities You’ll Want to Move To Right Now | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Have you ever loved a book so much you wanted to live in it? I know when I was finished reading Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, I yearned to be a resident in the town of Gilead and smell that fresh…
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Pop Music: David Hepworth discusses ‘Uncommon People,’ his new book about Bob Dylan, David Bowie and many others who shaped our idea of what a rock star is — and why that species has disappeared

Pop Music: David Hepworth discusses ‘Uncommon People,’ his new book about Bob Dylan, David Bowie and many others who shaped our idea of what a rock star is — and why that species has disappeared | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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Unexpected Classics: 10 Overlooked Novels Finding Life in New Editions

Unexpected Classics: 10 Overlooked Novels Finding Life in New Editions | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Not every novel finds its audience right away. This list of ten overlooked novels may be exactly what you were looking to read at this very moment.
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Biography & American History: Robert W. Merry’s “President McKinley” argues for the centrality of a generally forgotten chief executive

Biography & American History: Robert W. Merry’s “President McKinley” argues for the centrality of a generally forgotten chief executive | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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Fiction: On Alistair McCartney’s ‘The Disintegrations’

Fiction: On Alistair McCartney’s ‘The Disintegrations’ | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Lauren Kinney communes with “The Disintegrations,” Alistair McCartney novel about death.
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Liska Jacobs Knows a Hot Mess When She Sees One –

Liska Jacobs Knows a Hot Mess When She Sees One – | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The author of ‘Catalina’ on her favorite messed-up women, friendships, and romance
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In ‘Raising Trump’ and ‘The Kardashians,’ Two Portraits of Modern American Matriarchy

In ‘Raising Trump’ and ‘The Kardashians,’ Two Portraits of Modern American Matriarchy | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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Making Sense of the End of the World

Making Sense of the End of the World | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
We human beings are meaning-hungry creatures. This is especially true when it comes to encounters with death or other severe forms of trauma. No wonder that, in
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The New Folk Horror: Recent Work by Sarah Hall, Conor O’Callaghan, and Malcolm Devlin

The New Folk Horror: Recent Work by Sarah Hall, Conor O’Callaghan, and Malcolm Devlin | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Nina Allan on new British weird fiction.
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A New Poem by Natalie Graham

A New Poem by Natalie Graham | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Underneath there is a Wound There is a man who writes poems about letters or poems that are letters from soldiers, or who writes letters to the soldiers who die
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Appreciation: In Praise of Sayaka Murata

Appreciation: In Praise of Sayaka Murata | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
I think the riskiest kind of novel is the one that tries to rescue us from mundane existence—by taking a closer look at mundane existence. If the tone falls
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‘I Can’t Breathe’: Eric Garner’s Life and Death

‘I Can’t Breathe’: Eric Garner’s Life and Death | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In “I Can’t Breathe,” Matt Taibbi reports on the people and the policies that shaped the course of Garner’s life.
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Jesmyn Ward’s Story of Rejection and Perseverance is Familiar to Black Writers

Jesmyn Ward’s Story of Rejection and Perseverance is Familiar to Black Writers | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
As she accepted her National Book Award, Ward talked about whose stories are allowed to be “universal”
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The 7 Most Amazing Tunnels, Towers, and Mazes Made of Books

The 7 Most Amazing Tunnels, Towers, and Mazes Made of Books | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Get lost in a book. Literally.
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Classic Appreciation: On Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’ and the Confidence of a Conscious Genius

Classic Appreciation: On Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’ and the Confidence of a Conscious Genius | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
  I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. * “The very title of this book indicates the conf…
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Profile: Bestselling Author Lauren Groff on 'Florida' and Counting Barack Obama as a Fan

Profile: Bestselling Author Lauren Groff on 'Florida' and Counting Barack Obama as a Fan | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
One of the books we're most looking forward to next summer isn't a "beach read," per se, but it does take place…
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Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award for ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award for ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
It is the second National Book Award for Ms. Ward, a Mississippi native who also won in 2011 for her novel “Salvage the Bones.”
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Graphic Novel: Learning the Art of the Pickpocket

Graphic Novel: Learning the Art of the Pickpocket | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Colin Meloy’s latest novel follows a wealthy, neglected boy who joins a legendary gang of child grifters. What could go wrong?
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Essay: Why Are We Obsessed with Onscreen Bloodletting?

Essay: Why Are We Obsessed with Onscreen Bloodletting? | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Faith is made religion only through ritual. Metaphysical pacts must leak into the physical space. We must prove ourselves to our gods through word and deed. But
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Crime Fiction: Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities

Crime Fiction: Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Horror meets detective fiction as the Cthulu gods attempt once again to enslave mankind, but in their way stands Sherlock Holmes
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7 Books That Imagine Other Worlds You Can Escape To

7 Books That Imagine Other Worlds You Can Escape To | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
I n a slight revision of the old trash and treasure aphorism, it is also true that one man’s utopia is another man’s hell — and almost always a woman’s hell. The thing is, the worlds we each dream of…
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Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis can now be downloaded—here’s what it says

Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis can now be downloaded—here’s what it says | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The paper, on the “big bang” theory of the universe, offers a glimpse into the scope and ambition of Hawking’s mind from his formative years
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See the Detailed Diagrams Novelist Kathy Acker Drew of Her Dreams

See the Detailed Diagrams Novelist Kathy Acker Drew of Her Dreams | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
"Dear dreams, you are the only thing that matter," Kathy Acker wrote in Blood and Guts in High School. A metafictional account of Acker's relationship with
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The Case Against Adjectives –

The Case Against Adjectives – | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Adjectives and adverbs can be used responsibly, but too much adornment can weigh your writing down
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Louise Erdrich Joins the Ranks of Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley

Louise Erdrich Joins the Ranks of Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, and Aldous Huxley | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
“In the hands of a lesser writer, this scenario could devolve into melodrama. Instead, Erdrich’s lucid prose propels her nail-biting plot with passionate but precise movement. As one series o…
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