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The /r/books book club selection for April is The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
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Simple Questions: April 21, 2018
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Not too long ago, I finished Dreams From my Father by Barack Obama. I found it to be an incredibly powerful, humanizing portrait of our 44th president
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The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
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The 100 best one-star Amazon Reviews of The Great Gatsby
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Keeping books in a windowsill?
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A curious incident of the dog in the night time
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Just read a Higher Loyalty, by former FBI director James Comey.
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The meanest things Vladimir Nabokov said about other writers
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I just finished reading The Girl On The Train
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For those of you who have read The Neapolitan Novels, how true are they to women's friendships?
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'Beyond the Beats': Rock's greatest drummers share their craft in book
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Which classic is being described by this 1 star review?
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I read Factfullness by Hans Rosling and it's like an antidote to the "always bad news all the time" epidemic
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Voice in head while reading
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"America’s 100 most-loved novels" as chosen in a Survey from PBS for their "The Great American Read" Series
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Amazing book series you should all read! John Marsden - Tomorrow, when the war began.
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After 3 decades... science fiction...
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My thoughts on The Catcher in the Rye
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Dan Brown's Inferno movie adaptation? (SPOILERS)
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Los Angeles Times book prizes awarded to literary veterans, emerging authors
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Inferno by Dan Brown
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What are some less obvious books that would make great movies, and why?
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The illusion of time. Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.
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Just read Rosemary's Baby while pregnant with my son
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What books have you read just because you've seen it and thought "what the hell"? Were they any good?
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How Flap Illustrations Helped Reveal the Body’s Inner Secrets: Sixteenth century scholars peeled away anatomical ignorance one layer at a time.
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This Adorable Book Store In Toronto Has A Vending Machine That Gives Out Rare Books
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What was the last book you rage-quit?
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Library of America Editions
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The Vonnegut Universe
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The Overstory by Richard Powers seems to be another overlooked book by a massively underrated writer.
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Sympathy for the Devil
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What book have you (re)read as an adult that makes you think, "This is a kids' book!?"
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How do you "visualize" books that are more literary and focus on style/prose/thematic depth?
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Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians, was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Influential People of 2018!
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The Sublime Cluelessness of Throwing Lavish Great Gatsby Parties- The article I revisit whenever someone brings up the Great Gatsby
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Fierce Kingdom - phew
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Swedish Academy, which picks the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, acknowledged on Friday that names of some previous prize winners had been leaked in advance and it pledged to redraw the ancient rules governing how it functions.
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Where do I buy Chinese books in the US
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Can we talk about the Glory of John Steinbeck?
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Is there something wrong with the way I read books?
8 nona31 I totally agree with you. I have given up on reading some of the literary journal articles and those on some literary sites for just that reason. Is there a solution to the bias? I doubt it.
11 CroweMorningstar Literature is often geared towards social commentary. There's been a lot of political upheaval lately, and a lot of it is centered around the US. Comes with the territory of being one of the most influential nations in the world. Writers want to express their opinions about it through literature.
9 moogietried American literary magazines have almost always been political. Literary magazines are not only there to provide reviews, but to explain in depth the context within which literature is birthed and brought to fruition. Even if the publications themselves try to remain out of the arena, like the Paris Review, the people behind them are still humans with political ideals and beliefs that influence the direction of their work. [Here's the table of contents from a 1963 issue of NYRB.](http://www.nybooks.com/issues/1963/02/01/) [The Paris Review actually explained its turn towards more explicit political writing in this article.](https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/06/13/politics-and-the-paris-review-announcing-our-summer-issue/) I think what you're seeing is the effect of a particularly divisive moment in American political history making its way into the general zeitgeist, where it was once only the concern of wonks and conspiracy theorists. People are spooked. With regards to the America-centric reporting, I think that has to do with many of these periodicals being American.
3 phytozap I agree with your observation, but unfortunately I don't have a solution to offer. (Sometimes I feel as if all reviewers and bloggers were taught the same formula of a tie-in lede about contemporary politics or pop culture, however forced and tangential, just to hook the reader--as if they couldn't trust that readers of a literary periodical had sufficient interest in books for their own sake.) Outside the United States, can you recommend any literary periodicals that don't keep injecting politics, preferably ones that focus on English-language books?
-6 therealbobsteel They are all like that. It isn't so much the focus on politics as the focus is always the same, only one point of view allowed or you are banished. There is no escape, and that's how the left likes it.
8 0 nona31 I totally agree with you. I have given up on reading some of the literary journal articles and those on some literary sites for just that reason. Is there a solution to the bias? I doubt it.
11 0 CroweMorningstar Literature is often geared towards social commentary. There's been a lot of political upheaval lately, and a lot of it is centered around the US. Comes with the territory of being one of the most influential nations in the world. Writers want to express their opinions about it through literature.
5 0 moogietried American literary magazines have almost always been political. Literary magazines are not only there to provide reviews, but to explain in depth the context within which literature is birthed and brought to fruition. Even if the publications themselves try to remain out of the arena, like the Paris Review, the people behind them are still humans with political ideals and beliefs that influence the direction of their work. [Here's the table of contents from a 1963 issue of NYRB.](http://www.nybooks.com/issues/1963/02/01/) [The Paris Review actually explained its turn towards more explicit political writing in this article.](https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/06/13/politics-and-the-paris-review-announcing-our-summer-issue/) I think what you're seeing is the effect of a particularly divisive moment in American political history making its way into the general zeitgeist, where it was once only the concern of wonks and conspiracy theorists. People are spooked. With regards to the America-centric reporting, I think that has to do with many of these periodicals being American.
3 0 phytozap I agree with your observation, but unfortunately I don't have a solution to offer. (Sometimes I feel as if all reviewers and bloggers were taught the same formula of a tie-in lede about contemporary politics or pop culture, however forced and tangential, just to hook the reader--as if they couldn't trust that readers of a literary periodical had sufficient interest in books for their own sake.) Outside the United States, can you recommend any literary periodicals that don't keep injecting politics, preferably ones that focus on English-language books?
-7 0 therealbobsteel They are all like that. It isn't so much the focus on politics as the focus is always the same, only one point of view allowed or you are banished. There is no escape, and that's how the left likes it.