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    An interview with Anne Carson, which has pretty much made this year worth it for me.

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    I just saw her read this week! She was lovely - v scathingly funny, and even kind when I acted like an imbecile getting my book signed. Can't wait to read Red Doc.

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    ALA releases their most challenged books.

    Who is number one? Not "50 Shades." Oh no, there is something more sinister than EL James.


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    Audrey Niffenegger has a new book coming out next month-- Raven Girl.

    It's 80 pages and will be illustrated.

    I'm excited, but must confess I'm let down it's not a full novel. I love her writing and I'm hungry for something I can really spend some time with.

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    I bought HFS on audiobook and when I started listening to it, I was a bit confused. I pressed on, thinking I'd start picking up on things (and I did). Then halfway through the book it ended and I realized I had listened to THE WRONG FILE. I started hallway into the book.

    I was soooooo disappointed! It's been long enough that I may start over (for real this time), but I'm definitely more interested in a new book from Neffinger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayPeaches View Post
    I bought HFS on audiobook and when I started listening to it, I was a bit confused. I pressed on, thinking I'd start picking up on things (and I did). Then halfway through the book it ended and I realized I had listened to THE WRONG FILE. I started hallway into the book.
    My friend was reading Gone Girl on her Kindle for an hour before she realized she had accidentally advanced forward more than 50% into the book ....... SPOILER ALERT!!


    I picked up Her Fearful Symmetry at Barnes when it was like 75% or something but I never read it. Maybe this summer?
    ... here i am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    I didn't love HFS. Some of it was gorgeous, but the last 1/4 of the book was a giant ol' WTF for me.
    I remember loving the atmosphere and characters she created, but I don't remember what happens at the end. Maybe I blocked that out!

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    Teacher suspended for buying student a copy of 50 Shades of Grey.

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    I don't know if suspension is warranted for "distributing pornographic material," but he should certainly be disciplined for incompetence. A teacher should never give or assign a student a book that he or she is unfamiliar with, even if that familiarity is limited to reading the goddamn Amazon synopsis.


    Plus it is a TERRIBLY written book!
    ... here i am!

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    The Glossary has created an absurd representation of David Foster Wallace's "This is Water" speech.



    Massive chunks were cut to create some bizarre narrative that he typically opposed.

    For example:



    Now, if that was included in the video, it wouldn't be quite as inspiring. It would be more condemning and preachy. But for goodness sake, he was addressing Kenyon students as an Amherst grad, saying don't be a douche, not "look how were all involved in this mystical communism of commodity. We have the right to be happy about our positions if we choose to."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    She is working on a new one (i think about a girl with hair all over her body?) but she said it would take years - TTW took 5+ years and her fearful symmetry took nearly 6-7. Yes I know these things. I definitely want to read more from her. I'm excited she's putting work out even if its short.
    Curious.. how long (page length) are her novels?
    Miss Vanjieeee. Miss Vanjiee. ..Miss Van..

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    So back to the Wallace essay, I found this essay about the commencment speech pretty awesome:

    It was meted out so mathematically in the excellent book "Change or Die," and it is this: If you change something, it as an acknowledgement that This Means You Have Been Doing it Wrong All Along.

    And if you are Always Right, this is unfathomable.

    This is fucking death. This is defeat. This is the blaring siren call of the unspeakable: It is shame.
    As I get older, I see hope in the young people who are students, but with older people in general, all I see is everyone knowing everything, and anyone who disagrees with them is either stupid or crazy. It's like Gen X banned empathy or something. The only things anyone can seem to have empathy about are what's best for their personal identity. But the fact is anything we perceive as truth will always be from within us, making us default douches.

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    A bit spammy, but mostly, I'm proud. The school gave me control of a radio show for the summer. Today I did James Joyce, in honor of Bloomsday which was yesterday. You can find the mp3 here.

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