Gimbling in the Wabe – A Baker’s Dozen from a Notable List and Whatnot

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Recently, the New York Times came out with their list of 100 Most Notable Books for 2014, and the literary world took notice. I certainly will admit to taking notice.  I immediately ran down the list and counted up how many of the books on the list I had read.  I was pleased to see [….]

Charles Wright Announced as New US Poet Laureate

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On Thursday, June 12, the Library of Congress announced that Charles Wright would be this year’s poet laureate.  (In the United States, the poet laureate position lasts a year – sometimes two – and has few official duties other than overseeing a series of readings and lectures at the Library of Congress, and generally promoting [….]

NYT Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2012

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Unbelievably, it’s that time of year again… From the NYT Book Review: The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Here are a few of their selections. The full list is here. Do you agree with the editors, LitStackers? And don’t forget to cast your [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Plot Twists

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Spoilers ahead: Sirius Black was not, in fact, hellbent on killing Harry Potter in Prisoner of Azkaban. Oh and Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear? Well, let’s just say that there was far more behind his quiet stammer and poor-little-country-boy persona than he led us all to believe. Some plot twists we can see coming a [….]

Living Long and Prospering: A Response to “How to Read a Racist Book to Your Kids”

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You’ve heard it said that white people are fucking crazy. Having spent 22 years as a member of this decidedly unselective group, I can attest to that. And here’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of my short life: White people tend to get even crazier when they begin discussing the ways in which [….]