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What to read before and after Franny and Zooey

Sam Jordison unpacks the strangeness and peculiarity of J.D. Salinger’s lesser known work:

Franny and Zooey is a fascinating book, but after living with it for a few weeks, I’m not sure I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an introduction to JD Salinger.

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20th Century

Terrance Hayes

I became a salt-worn dreamanchor,
I leaped overboard
in my shackles and sailed
through my reflection on down
to ruin, calling out to God,
and then calling out no more. 8 more words


Eudora Welty on Great Fiction

"There is absolutely everything in great fiction but a clear answer." — Eudora Welty#quotes #literature pic.twitter.com/08UsBHUhef

— Rhys Tranter (@RhysTranter) July 26, 2016

20th Century

Frank Yerby's "White Magnolias"

On a recent trip to New Orleans, I stopped by Librairie Bookshop on Chartres and picked up four Frank Yerby paperbacks: The Saracen Blade (1952), Gillian (1960), The Man from Dahomey (1971), and A Darkness at Ingraham’s Crest (1979). 1,080 more words

African American Literature

Edward Hirsch

       Our hearts are leaving our bodies.

Our hearts are thirsty black handkerchiefs
flying through the trees at night, soaking up
the darkest beams of moonlight, the music… 35 more words