Rebecca Makkai

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“You’re writing in total isolation. It’s like getting dressed in the dark, the complete dark, and then you have to go out on stage.” On Late Night With Seth Meyers, Rebecca Makkai discusses what it feels like to publish a book, the research behind her new novel, The Great Believers (Viking, 2018), and why she enjoys teaching MFA students. The Great Believers is longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award in fiction.

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The Robots Are Coming

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“They await counterintelligence / transmissions from our laptops / and our blue teeth, await word / of humanity’s critical mass, / our ripening.” Kyle Dargan’s poem “The Robots Are Coming” is brought to life in this animated Motionpoems film by Julia Iverson. Dargan’s new poetry collection, Anagnorisis (TriQuarterly Books, 2018), is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Hanif Abdurraqib Reads Two Poems

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“My small and eager darlings / what it must be like / to have the sound for love / and the sound for fear / be a matter of pitch...” Poet, essayist, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib reads his poem “For the Dogs Who Barked at Me on Sidewalks in Connecticut” and a poem inspired by a Radiohead song at Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City as part of the Mission Creek Live Series.

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Sharlene Teo

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“I grew up reading a gigantic compendium of all the Grimm’s fairy tales, and also fairy tales originating from other parts of the world....” Singaporean author Sharlene Teo talks with Manchester Literature Festival’s Naomi Frisby about the inspiration behind her debut novel, Ponti (Simon & Schuster, 2018), the work of writers Guy Gunaratne and Nikesh Shukla, and her fascination with ideas of beauty, superficiality, and artifice.

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World’s Worst Editor With Gary Shteyngart

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In this humorous video, Gary Shteyngart receives dubious feedback on his fourth novel, Lake Success (Random House, 2018), from “Sean, the World’s Worst Editor,” which includes inserting a laugh track into the book, holding book signings in an actual lake, and changing Shteyngart’s last name. Lake Success is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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My Brilliant Friend

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My Brilliant Friend (Europa Editions, 2012), the first novel in the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein, has been adapted into HBO’s first foreign-language series. Directed by Saverio Costanzo, the eight-episode miniseries stars Elisa Del Genio, Gaia Girace, Margherita Mazzucco, and Ludovica Nasti.

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Jenna Lê

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Jenna Lê talks to Paul Rogalus about her writing habits and reads her poems “Please Don’t Tell Me How This Story Ends” and “Venus Frigida.” Lê, who is featured in “Outsiders on the Inside” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, is the author of A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Indolent Books, 2018).

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