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The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

★★★☆☆ In Speech and Debate competitions, there’s a technique used by debaters known as “the spread.” Instead of offering a pointed rebuttal to their opponent’s latest argument, a debater will attempt to overload the...

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The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

★★★★★ “I, too, dislike it,” Ben Lerner writes in the opening of his essential essay The Hatred of Poetry, invoking the beginning of Marianne Moore’s short, four-line poem “Poetry.” Moore’s poem continues with a...


June 2016: Books to Read and Review

My stack has changed substantially since last month, with four new books joining Jenni Fagan’s still-unread The Sunlight Pilgrims. Here’s the current breakdown, as of mid-June: The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (Hogarth) Borders by Roy Jacobsen...