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A moving remembrance of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who has passed away.

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"The grim reality is that most patients’ asthma in this country is uncontrolled."

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How Kafka Actually Lived

He did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed

Kafka did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed.

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The Norwegian Government Keeps Book Publishers Alive

And other reasons it's the best place in the world to be a writer

And other reasons Norway is the best place in the world to be a writer.

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“To learn about religion we have to come to our senses.”

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Karl Ove Knausgaard Became a Literary Sensation by Exposing His Every Secret

Readers love him for it. He hates himself.

He became the literary star of 2014 by exposing his every secret. Now he hates himself for it. 

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Too distracted by technology, lack of sleep, or your kids to focus on anything longer than a list? Here’s one of Lydia Davis’s stories, “Bloomington,” from her latest collection, Can’t and Won’t, in its entirety. Feel free to tweet it when you’re done. Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before.(107 characters, counting spaces) Or another, “The Results of One Statistical Study,” that’s even shorter:

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Reviewing the Unreviewable

How to assess the promising, posthumous work of a 22-year-old

The act of reviewing—or even just having critical thoughts about—juvenilia produced by someone who cannot defend herself seems both loathsome and pointless. But this book calls for it.

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The Greatest Ex-Nazi Writer

Never heard of Gottfried Benn? It's because of his politics

Gottfreid Benn was a Nazi very briefly in the early 1930s. Why did it erase him from literary history?

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