LitStack Rec: The Custom of the Country & The Magicians Trilogy

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The Custom of the Country  Edith Wharton I knew from the start that things would go badly for Ralph Marvell. He’s a writer who spends more time thinking about writing than actually doing it. “’You ought to write’; they had one and all said it to him from the first; and he fancied he might [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Wherein I Talk to Lev Grossman About Something that You Might Not Expect

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You know the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover”?  Well, you shouldn’t judge an author by his publicity photo, either. Ever since I started reading Lev Grossman’s The Magicians modern fantasy trilogy, I’ve been a little scared of him.  Virtually every photo I saw of him showed a very serious, very intense young [….]