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The Self and Community Consciousness in Edouard Louis’ End of Eddy

A recommendation by Walker Minot

The title character of The End of Eddy is Eddy Bellegueule, or Eddy “beautiful face,” born in a provincial working-class town near Amiens, in the north of France. He is an effeminate, gay child with a strange voice and interests in dance and women’s clothing, so out of place amongst the hulking men who brawl, seek to conquer women, and work at the local factories (of which there are fewer every day).  “Today I’m gonna be a tough guy,” he repeats to himself as a kind of prayer, in his head, out loud, in front of the mirror in the mornings, hoping to transform his nature. 

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Advice That Never Grows Old, A Review of 1949’s The Human Nature of Playwriting by Samson Raphaelson

A recommendation by Nina Semczuk

The best books about writing combine craft practicalities—such as the necessity of rewrites—with a down-to-earth, encouraging spirit, and my favorites include a dash of memoir. Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Stephen King’s On Writing come to mind as exemplars of this tricky mix. 

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Waking Up

Revisiting My Year of Rest and Relaxation in a Post Quarantine World

A recommendation by Walker Minot

My Year of Rest and Relaxation (2018) is the second-most recent novel by the Jewish-Iranian-American writer Ottessa Moshfegh. It became her breakout book, following the modest commercial and impressive critical successes of her earlier works Eileen, McGlue and Homesick for Another World. The novel is set in 2000 and 2001 in New York City, a time when the DVD was supplanting the VHS tape, when the World Trade Center had twin towers and when the phrase “punk, but with money” described bits and pieces of Manhattan rather than much of the island below 96th Street.

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In Conversation: Andrew Martin

An interview by Tom Storch

In his 2018 debut novel, Early Work, and in the stories from his collection, Cool for America, which was released last summer, Andrew Martin nails a certain type of character. They are self-styled intellectuals and artists. They define their identities in large part through cultural touchstones and aesthetic tastes. Characters in Cool for America go to concerts, movie theaters, readings and book clubs. They work in book stores, produce radio shows and edit “august, maybe dying small magazine[s]”. Many of them are writers, or want to be. It makes me wonder about Martin’s creative process. What shapes his aesthetic tastes?

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