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In Defense of Librarians

Over at BuzzFeed Books, I write about 11 modern librarians in contemporary literature that break away from the tropes normally associated with the term “librarian.” The list includes characters by Haruki Murakami, Rebecca Makkai, Jennine Capo Crucet, Laura van den Berg, Dan Chaon, and others.

Here’s the link.


Books Read in March

“The Isle of Youth” stories by Laura van den Berg

The first thing that went wrong was the emergency landing.

How could you not read on after that first sentence? 214 more words

Laura van den Berg's "Goodbye My Loveds"

Here’s the link to this one. It’s a little long, but a quick read, all-in-all.

“Goodbye My Loveds” is well-written, from the interesting perspective of a young woman raising her kid brother after their parents die in an unusual fashion. 305 more words

Short Story

The Isle of Youth by Laura van den Berg

Title: The Isle of Youth
Author: Laura van den Berg
Genre: Short Stories
Setting: Argentina • France • Cuba • USA
Design by Abby Kagan… 820 more words

Book Reviews

11 Writers on How They Deal With Criticism

Even for the most successful writers, criticism can hurt. A teacher, a colleague, a friend, or — most importantly — a book reviewer’s thoughts on your writing can be a verbal torpedo. 3,792 more words