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Ben Metcalf: Against the Country

Michael reviews Ben Metcalf’s debut novel, Against the Country. Read the full post.

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Alice Munro: The Beggar Maid

Soon we’ll be starting our trek through the pieces in Alice Munro’s The Beggar Maid. Here is the index post. Come and join us! Read the full post.

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Releases Episode 3

Here Trevor talks about some books coming to us in the first couple of weeks of February. Read the post and listen to the episode.

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Toni Morrison: “Sweetness”

This week The New Yorker disappoints Trevor by publishing an excerpt from a forthcoming novel rather than a genuine short story. That it is from Toni Morrison does little to sweeten the deal. He shares his thoughts on Morrison’s “Sweetness.” Read the full post.

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Jane Gardam: “A Spot of Gothic”

Lee looks at Jane Gardam’s “A Spot of Gothic,” from The Stories of Jane Gardam. Read the full post.

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Alice Munro: “The Ottawa Valley”

Trevor and Betsy finish Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by exploring Alice Munro’s brilliant “The Ottawa Valley.” Read the full post

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Silvina Ocampo: Thus Were Their Faces

Trevor looks at the treasures in Silvina Ocampo’s Thus Were Their Faces, a comprehensive collection of her short stories out today from NYRB Classics. Read the full post.

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Elizabeth Harrower: “Alice”

This week’s New Yorker fiction is “Alice,” by Elizabeth Harrower. Harrower, now in her late 80s, stopped writing fiction approximately 45 years ago, around the same time that she pulled her final book from publication. This story was written sometime back when she was actively writing, but it’s only making its way to us now (fantastic to say that about a piece of New Yorker fiction two weeks in a row!). Read the full post

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Lucrecia Martel: La Ciénaga

Trevor reviews Lucrecia Martel’s 2001 film, La Ciénaga, coming out next Tuesday in a new edition from The Criterion Collection. Read the full post.

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Alice Munro: “Memorial”

Trevor and Betsy explore Alice Munro’s “Memorial,” from her collection Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. Read the full post.

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Alejandro González Iñárritu: Birdman

Lee reviews Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2014 film, Birdman, which was recently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Read the full post.

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National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle Award finalists have been announced. Read the full post.

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Releases Episode 2

In this episode, Brian and Trevor discuss the NYRB Classics slate for the first half of 2015. Read the full post and listen to the podcast.

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Isaac Bashevis Singer: “Inventions”

This week’s New Yorker fiction is “Inventions,” by Isaac Bashevis Singer and translated from the Yiddish by Aliza Shevrin. The story was written in 1965 and translated to English in the late 1960s, but it’s only making its way to us now. Read the full post.

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Alice Munro: “Winter Wind”

Trevor and Betsy explore Alice Munro’s “Winter Wind,” from Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. Read the full post.