While D.J. Taylor unpacks the complications of translating real people into somewhat-fictionalized characters, a few of his examples sent us off on Internet goose hunts. For instance: After Charles Dickens based a David Copperfield character on an acquaintance, she asked him to re-characterize her fictional counterpart—and he did.
New York Daily News reported that more than 70,000 books were not returned to the Brooklyn Public Library system in 2012. That’s more than seven times the number of e-books stocked in what the Los Angeles Times called the “Nation’s first bookless public library system.”
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As the Chelsea hotel transitions from “a wide-open playground to a sleek, exclusive fortress for big money,” Peter Conrad reviews Sherill Tippins’ Inside the Dream Palace and traces the storied artists’ residence from its idealistic roots to its demise.
“Our resolutions, our rebirths, they elbow space for our failures to become part of our story instead of part of our identity. But I’ve come to suspect that the personal aperture that exposes bullshit or shades it is not the gauge to adjust.”
The maps that shaped the texts of Le Guin, Faulkner, and Thoreau, and the writers who crafted one-liners and speeches for Obama, Clinton, and Gore
Interview by Karin Schalm
“I allude to Jews, Native Americans, African-American slaves, the hundreds of Algerians shot on the streets of Paris in 1961. The badly treated dead should be loved NOW, and I think a book can love.”
What did the websites for The Paris Review, the New York Review of Books, the Kenyon Review and The Atlantic look like in the late ’90s?
Persona poems about Friday Night Lights’ Tim Riggins, Maya Angelou on “Oprah Oprah Oprah,” and Bill Murray’s apocryphal legacy
What would Joyce Carol Oates ask Joyce Carol Oates?
Teach old dogs new tricks, literally. Prize creative collaboration. And eat fewer cheeseburgers.
Interviewed by Allison Linville
Raptosh: “I wanted the book to be an ambassador for poetry’s role in relation to the larger social, cultural and political issues of our time. The role of the poet, in this age of rampant, well organized, and unabashed disinformation campaigns, is perhaps more important now than ever.”