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How ‘Flawless’ Became a Feminist Declaration

nytimes.com — The word "flaw" is some 700 years old. It was born from fire and ice, first used to mean "ember" and "snowflake" - some fragment of a whole gone astray. It evolved to signify "defect," initially in surfaces and soon after in character.

‘Huck Finn’s America’ by Andrew Levy

nytimes.com — The famous preface to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" reads like a goad: "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot." No book is as regularly ransacked.

Book club guide and discussion.

slate.com — To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of My Brilliant Friend, click the arrow on the player below. Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab This month, David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal discuss My Brilliant Friend, the first of reclusive writer Elena...

‘The Wallcreeper’ Is Nell Zink’s Debut Novel

nytimes.com — You don't read Nell Zink so much as step into the ring with her. Every sentence is a jab or feint, rigged for surprise. Every word feels like a verb. The plot leaps will give you vertigo. Her debut novel, "The Wallcreeper," is a very funny, very strange work of unhinged brilliance - rude sex comedy meets environmental tract.

The Book Reader: 'Deep Down Dark'

ny1.com — NY1 teams with contributors from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Slate.com and Essence Magazine to review the latest books and book-related trends. By: Parul Sehgal - The New York Times Text size: + - Parul Sehgal of The New York Times reports on newly released book titles and the world of publishing in "The Book Reader."

The Book Reader: 'Just Mercy'

ny1.com — NY1 teams with contributors from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Slate.com and Essence Magazine to review the latest books and book-related trends. By: Parul Sehgal - The New York Times Text size: + - Parul Sehgal of The New York Times reports on newly released book titles and the world of publishing in "The Book Reader."

Discussion and book club guide.

slate.com — To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Wild, click the arrow on the player below. Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab This month, Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, Slate staff writer Katy Waldman, and New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal discuss...

‘On Immunity,’ by Eula Biss

nytimes.com — (This book was selected as one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014. For the rest of the list, click here.) Lucretius said to handle them with caution; Berkeley, not to handle them at all.

The Book Reader: 'A Deadly Wandering'

ny1.com — NY1 teams with contributors from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Slate.com and Essence Magazine to review the latest books and book-related trends. By: Parul Sehgal - The New York Times Text size: + - Parul Sehgal of The New York Times Book Review reports on newly released book titles and the world of publishing in The Book Reader.

Parul Sehgal: An ode to envy

ted.com — What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its "loneliness, longevity, grim thrill" -- that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.
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Mar 27, 2015

On the cover of NYTBR, Eula Biss, rapturously, on Heidi Julavits's A FOLDED CLOCK, "a record of interior weather" nytimes.com/2015/03/29/boo…

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