Remember when Sandy came over uninvited and poured water all over your books? So does PowerHouse Arena, which is hosting a hurricane relief fundraiser to make up for the fourteen feet of water that soaked tens of thousands in inventory. Now, why would Sandy do such a thing? Because SandyHatesBooks. Come show your love this Saturday, [...]

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Remember when Sandy came over uninvited and poured water all over your books? So does PowerHouse Arena, which is hosting a hurricane relief fundraiser to make up for the fourteen feet of water that soaked tens of thousands in inventory. Now, why would Sandy do such a thing? Because SandyHatesBooks. Come show your love this Saturday, [...]

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A new collection of devastating stories from a master of the form. If you’ve read any George Saunders at all, you’ll know that his fiction orients itself around a few precepts: people are good; their impulse to surmount their worser selves is inviolate and unflagging; and they can, in fact, be saved. Martyrdom comes up [...]

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Welcome back to the Critical Hit Awards for book reviews. This is a round-up, a recommended reading list, and—why not?—a terribly prestigious and coveted prize. Nominate your favorite review of the month by tweeting it at @electriclit with the hashtag #criticalhit, or cast your vote in the comments section below. Every book is a book review. By imitating and [...]

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1. These flasks are actually designed to hold apple juice. 2. Crowded, yo. I usually get to Crown Heights’ Franklin Park absurdly early to snag a seat for the Franklin Park Reading Series because this shit fills up fast. Monday night, I got there especially early to ensure that none of the line-up’s star-studded heads [...]

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1. The line felt short until it stopped moving and started to rain. 2. If you see two open seats in this picture, I’ll be mad because we sat in a dark raccoon hole behind the upper balcony.   On Thursday, the 5th Anniversary Mortified show, which is hosted by Egan Danehy, brought Sarah Adelhart, Serra [...]

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SONGS THAT I’VE LISTENED TO ON REPEAT FOR HOURS WHILE WORKING ON THE COMPUTER most of my waking life im on the computer !!!! this past year i dropped out of my mfa program and i’ve traveled many places to stay with frends while i blog full-time, people who i visit usualy want to show [...]

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For all the attention given to “world literature” in the buzz leading up to the Nobel Prize announcement, what do we really mean by it? Is it simply all the literatures of the world? As an editor of an international journal, I see “world literature” as a shifting aggregate of the literatures that have been [...]

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1.Eric Nelson and his Cape Fear costume. 2. M. Craig reads from The Narrows   On one of the biggest party nights of the year (otherwise known as the Saturday before an unfortunate weekday Halloween), it was affirming to see a sizable crowd filling the back room of Pine Box Rock Shop for a reading. ‘Utilities Included: [...]

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Sickness, death, and desperation flourish on the forgotten borough in an original anthology from Akashic Books, a new installment in their setting-oriented series. Staten Islanders are no strangers to criticism or ridicule. Staten Island is the forgotten borough, lacking a subway system, left out of Jay Z’s songs, known for organized crime, bad accents, fake [...]

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