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When Rachel Cantor told me her new novel, Good on Paper, took ten years to write, it wasn't hard to see why. Cantor's second book, which came out from Melville House Press in January, follows the efforts of Shira Greene to translate the work of Romei, a Nobel prize-winning poet who communicates with her via fax. (The book is set in the 90s, after all.) As more pages of Romei's work emerge from the...
When I first signed up for Twitter, at the behest of my new employer, I was faced with a long list of verified accounts, some comedians, some celebrities, and a whole lot of brands. The New York Times, with a blue check next to it. The Paris Review. Alfred A. Knopf, its little borzoi about to leap across the screen. I clicked nearly every one of them. Would I like to follow Farrar, Straus...
Last June, Pope Francis issued his Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, an exhaustive document that not only spelled out the drastic decline of the world's ecosystems brought about by human-made climate change, but pitted the Vatican firmly on the side of ninety-seven percent of the world's climate scientists, who have proven that global warming is a very real thing. The Pope's Encyclical, which is over 150 pages long and implores the world to fight...
NO. 13 The Most Literary Neighborhood Where To Find The Densest Concentration Of Bookstores And Publishers Ask someone to picture “Literary Brooklyn,” and they might imagine the young writers starting out in Bushwick, or the published authors settled in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. But if you’re talking about infrastructure, few neighborhoods could consider themselves as bookish as—are you sitting down?—DUMBO. The formerly industrial microcommunity beneath the bridges, known more for its staggering residential rents and Belgian-block streets,...

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