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This New Yorker is filled with new fiction. There’s an excerpt of Jonathan Franzen’s new book and short stories by Karen Russel and Zadie Smith.


And while we’re sharing new fiction, McSweeney’s has an excerpt from Michelle Tea’s new YA novel Girl at the Bottom of the Sea. Guernica on the other hand shares a short story by Matt Bell.

Litreactor collected the most important books of Mad Men.

Bustle is setting you a reading challenge for the summer.

Lithub is delving into the literary footnote, not to be mistaken with endnotes!

The Guardian has some good tips on how to survive a literary party. And Quirk Books has tips for how to read in restaurants without feeling awkward or spilling things on your book.

Electric Literature has a pretty cool infographic showing the history of Game of Thrones and what historic events and people your favorite elements are based on.

Tao Lin published another book, this one containing his tweets…

Kamila Shamsie is lobbying for 2018 to be the year where only women get published.

Booklandia is the first TV channel entirely devoted to books, created by the university of Oregon. 

Mud in my Blood is a candle store that makes Harry Potter candles and went viral last week.


Bored to Death book club is set up by two sisters who love to read and have nothing better to do than to start a book club.

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