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Walter Mosley is back with a new Easy Rawlings mystery, Charcoal Joe. As BOMB noted back in the early 90s, Mosley was “already a cult favorite among mystery readers, [who] suddenly appeared on television and in the papers…when newly-inaugurated President Clinton named him as his favorite writer.” Read the BOMB interview with Mosley, in which he discusses how he became a mystery writer in the first place.

A few years ago, comedian Tig Notaro burst onto the national scene with her comedy bit that began unexpectedly: “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer.” Now she’s written a memoir about her illness and recovery, I’m Just a Person. Of course, standup comedy has long been a source of social and cultural commentary.

Tin House Books has published a new poetry collection called Last Sext, by Melissa Broder. Read Broder’s poem “Fauna,” first published in Women’s Studies Quarterly.

Fans of Ferris Bueller, et al, will be interested in Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman’s Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies (and Why We Don’t Learn Them from Movies Anymore). Here is another look at Ferris Bueller as a postmodern hero.

Award-winning author of Brokeback Mountain” Annie Proulx has a new novel called Bearskins. This book dives into the world of late seventeenth century woodcutters. How does she pull this stuff off? Well, here’s what happened when real Newfoundlers read Proulx’s Newfoundland-centric The Shipping News.


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New Art Publications
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The Johns Hopkins University Press
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Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
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National Council of Teachers of English