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May 6, 2013 Also: Historian Niall Ferguson apologizes for John Maynard Keynes comments; the best books coming out this week.
May 5, 2013 Ahmadou Kourouma's Allah Is Not Obliged recounts the story of a child soldier in Liberia. Author A. Igoni Barrett says in this book, horror and humor become bedfellows, making for a heartbreaking yet laughter-filled read.
May 4, 2013 Comedian Marc Maron just released his newest book, Attempting Normal, and his TV show Maron premiered on IFC this month. He still found time to speak with NPR's Molly Hart about learning from heartbreak, not wanting to be alone, and stealing from Whole Foods.
May 3, 2013 Also: MediaBistro says Granta is closing its New York office; poetry for Martians; the freakish charms of David Bowie.
May 2, 2013 Also: Claire Messud tears into an interviewer; a mashup of Marx and Cosmo; Joyce Carol Oates looks at Julian Barnes.
May 1, 2013 Also: a lost love poem by Vita Sackville-West; the history of the octopus in Western culture; and why The Great Gatsby endures.
April 30, 2013 Some people, unlucky in love, turn to matchmaking services. Thomas Day, an 18th century British intellectual, adopted two girls from an orphanage in order to mold them into the women of his dreams. Reviewer Cord Jefferson says Wendy Moore's history is so adroitly written it reads like a novel.
April 30, 2013 Also: A letter from Kurt Vonnegut to JFK; F. Scott Fitzgerald's financial records; Michael Wolff calls for an end to The New York Times Book Review.
April 30, 2013 As National Poetry Month comes to a close, cartoonist Francesco Marciuliano sketches his way through three centuries of cat-loving poets from Christopher Smart's sacred mouser to Margaret Atwood's yellow-eyed feline companion.
April 29, 2013 Wikipedia is the latest battleground in the fight over the status of female writers in the literary world. A subcategory called "American women novelists" has sparked accusations of sexism on the collaboratively written online encyclopedia — where fewer than 10 percent of the editors are women.
April 29, 2013 Also: Photographing the library at Guantanamo Bay; authors annotating their own work; and the best books coming out this week.
April 29, 2013 Great poetry almost never leads to great paychecks. Even award-winning poets need to pay the bills. Many teach, but others are doctors, scientists, lawyers, undertakers or even market analysts. In celebration of National Poetry Month, writer David Orr takes a look at the secret lives of poets.
April 28, 2013 Oftentimes, foodie fiction makes you hungry. But author Jessica Soffer recommends three books that deal with food yet aren't in love with it — books to read when you're on a diet, a desert island, or for whatever reason would like a peach tart to not be compared to a summer's day.
April 26, 2013 After more than 35 years at the Oxford English Dictionary, chief editor John Simpson has announced his retirement. He is only the seventh editor of the dictionary since the project's beginning in 1879. He speaks with Robert Siegel about his tenure and what he sees for the future of the OED.