Staff Picks: Cositas, Cosmos, and Concerts

By The Paris Review April 3, 2020 This Week’s Reading Carl Phillips. Photo: Reston Allen. In the poem “Even If Sleep and Death Are Brothers,” Carl Phillips sketches an image: “Of beaten gold—gold beaten / to a thinness like that of paper—a woman’s funeral mask.” It recalls for me John Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” (in which

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Cooking with Varlam Shalamov

By Valerie Stivers April 3, 2020 Eat Your Words In Valerie Stivers’s Eat Your Words series, she cooks up recipes drawn from the works of various writers. The Kolyma Stories and my extended time indoors offered me the opportunity to use up some obscure items that have been languishing in my pantry. The complete stories of Varlam

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Poets on Couches: Lynn Melnick

By Lynn Melnick April 3, 2020 Poets on Couches In this series of videograms, poets read and discuss the poems getting them through these strange times—broadcasting straight from their couches to yours. These readings bring intimacy into our spaces of isolation, both through the affinity of poetry and through the warmth of being able to

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The Rec League: Imposter Syndrome

Our latest Rec League comes from Frini. Thanks for sending it in! I’m looking for book recommendations that have a heroine struggling with something like impostor syndrome. Like, she needs validation about her life/work/looks. It can be a second chance romance, enemies to lovers…it’s all good 🙂 Anything on that front? Susan: Oh no, this

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Links: Just Good Things

We are in the midst of week 3 of COVID-19 social distancing. How is everyone doing? Bored yet? In previous editions of Links, we’ve listed ways to keep active and busy and some things that are free to watch, read, and listen to. This one is more focused on boosting those serotonin levels with funny

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