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The 10 best long reads

The Goldfinch Donna Tartt, 2013Tartt doesn’t really do small; her two previous nove
AUTHOR:Alex Clark
PUBLISHED: Oct. 12, 2013


Doree had to take three buses—one to Kincardine, where she waited for one to London, where she waited again, for the city bus out to the facility. She started the trip on a Sunday at nine in the…
PUBLISHED: June 5, 2006
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1008 words)

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Why Read the Classics?

Let us begin with a few suggested definitions. 1) The classics are the books of which we usually hear people say: I am rereading and never I am reading . This at least happens among those who…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 9, 1986
LENGTH: 1 minutes (303 words)


Like many in the literary world, LARB’s fiction editor Matthew Specktor was intrigued by the appearance, on Twitter and elsewhere online, of people claiming to be critics Michiko Kakutani and…
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2626 words)

Two decades of the web: a utopia no longer

Evgeny Morozov traces the development of the web from the laboratories of the Cold War to the world of venture capital and big money …
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2365 words)