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  • You must include at least one positive keyword with 3 characters or more.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort_broken::ui_name() should be compatible with views_handler::ui_name($short = false) in /home/writezil/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 82.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/writezil/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 843.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home/writezil/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 745.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument_broken::ui_name() should be compatible with views_handler::ui_name($short = false) in /home/writezil/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 770.

Roundup: Summer reading, China Mieville, more

Laura Miller, Balakian winner Ron Charles, and NBCC board member Rigoberto Gonzales share their summer reading recommendations (incluing Daniel Orozco's story collection Orientation) at NPR.org.

A. Whitney Ellsworth, the first publisher of the New York Review of Books, died June 18 at 75. According to the New York Times obituary, he helped the review’s circulation rise to 83,000 in its first five years and become profitable within three years.

Matthew Jakubowski reviews Miroslav Penkov’s story collection East of the West, in Philadelphia City Paper.

Carolyn Kellogg reviews China Miéville’s Embassytown in the Los Angeles Times.

Michael Lindgren reviews three story collections---E.L. Doctorow’s All the Time in the World, Alexander MacLeod’s Light Lifting, and Jim Shepard’s You Think That’s Bad---in the Washington Post.

Michael O’Donnell reviews David S. Reynolds’ Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America at the Barnes and Noble Review.

Carlin Romano reviews two new books on philosophy---James Miller’s Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche and Ronald Dowrkin’s Justice for Hedgehogs---in the American Scholar.

Lizzie Skurnick reviews Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder at the Barnes & Noble Review.

Adam Kirsch reviews Folktales of the Jews, Volume 3: Tales From Arab Lands at Tablet.

Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews Kate Christensen’s new novel, The Astral, in the New York Press.

Your reviews and recommendations help seed these roundups: If you’re an NBCC member with a review you’d like considered for inclusion, please email nbcccritics@gmail.com. You can also get our attention by using the Twitter hashtag #nbcc, posting on the wall of our Facebook page, or joining our members-only LinkedIn group.

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"To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself...Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph."
Mark Twain

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  • I grew up reading Mrs Weber’s Diary by Posy Simmonds. In the beginning, in the late 1970s, she was a revelation to me, because, since my usual comic-book reading was Commando!, The X-Men, and 2000AD, I’d never quite realised before how clever and witty and political graphic art could be when combined with words. She was also the first woman illustrator I’d come across, and she drew comic strips about things that the other strips didn’t (does anyone out there remember Vera the Visible Lesbian? Another fine female comic strip …). She drew families, she drew posh people you could...
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It has been said that a monkey, randomly typing away on a typewriter (in the days when typewriters replaced the pen or plume as the preferred instrument of writing) could re-create Shakespeare-- but only if it lived long enough (this is known as the infinite monkey theorem).