Literature

TODAY: In 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald is born. Manil Suri reflects on his pursuit to answer life’s Big Questions—using only math. | Lit Hub “When I look hard at Lisa Frank’s yellow dogs, bright as highlighter pens, I feel unsettled in a way I can’t pinpoint.” How the Trapper Keeper became the most popular school supply of
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TODAY: In 1888, the first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published. It contains no photographs and costs 50 cents.   Also on Lit Hub: How much foresight do animals have? • How producers conceive of music • Read from Chelsea Martin’s debut novel, Tell Me I’m An Artist
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Friendship is such a universal and central theme to all of our lives, that picking just a small number of the best short stories about such a broad theme is always going to be a challenge. However, the following stories are by some of the finest masters of the short story form, and all of
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The following is from Gwendoline Riley’s First Love. Riley was born in London and published her first novel, Cold Water, in 2002. First Love was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Literature, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Gordon Burn Prize, and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. In 2018, the Times Literary Supplement named her
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TODAY: In 1849, Honoré de Balzac travels to Poland to meet Eveline Hanska, whom he will marry shortly before his death the following year. Tracing Marcella Hazan’s winding journey to culinary stardom. (Plus, her roast chicken recipe!) | Lit Hub Food It’s a banner week for new books—here are 15 dropping today, featuring new titles
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Where would we be without translators, that linguistic bridge between countries and cultures? To celebrate National Translation Month, we’ve asked a indie booksellers from A Room of One’s Own (Madison, WI), Seminary Co-Op and 57th Street Books (Chicago, IL), the Center for Fiction (Brooklyn, NY), and Greenlight Bookstore(Brooklyn, NY) to share their favorite works in
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The State Hermitage Museum, gem of Saint Petersburg, pride of imperial and Soviet Russia. Founded by Catherine the Great, Russia’s longest ruling woman, and containing one of—if not the—largest art collections in the world. Egyptian antiquities, Italian renaissance, Dutch masters, impressionists, cubists, the canon of the art world housed in six buildings, including the Winter
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