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vintageanchorbooks:

In the heart of the Himalayan winter, a team of seven kayakers launched a meticulously planned assault of the Gorge. The paddlers were river cowboys, superstars in the universe of extreme kayaking. Accompanying them was author Peter Heller, a world-class kayaker in his own right. Filled with history, white-knuckle drama, and mutiny in one of the world’s most storied-and remote-locations, Hell or High Water is the riveting story of this adventure. 

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penamerican:

"While indigenous people are trying to avert the disaster, in sharp contrast, the race toward the cliff is led by the most advanced, educated, wealthy, and privileged societies of the world, primarily North America. "
-On the Edge by Noam Chomsky

penamerican:

"While indigenous people are trying to avert the disaster, in sharp contrast, the race toward the cliff is led by the most advanced, educated, wealthy, and privileged societies of the world, primarily North America. "

-On the Edge by Noam Chomsky

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I met a man in Cairo last year. His name was Abed. He was tall and handsome and incredibly near-sighted. In the U.S. he’d have to get papers; letters to prove he was disabled, dangerous behind the wheel or when operating complex machinery. Sometimes Abed liked to go out without his eyeglasses on just to see if he could survive without them. He would do something simple, like buy stamps or cigarettes from the store. He’s stepped in a lot of dog shit, he said. I saw him step on a small dog once.
Elysha Chang’s “Monkey Brains,” from Issue #15 of The Literarian
 
Elysha Chang is a recipient of The Center’s 2014 Emerging Writer Fellowship. For more information about Chang and the rest of the Fellows, visit www.centerforfiction.org/forwriters/grants-and-awards/

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karamazove:

1.Wall of books —  Amsterdam

2.Bookstore Mural — Pittsboro

3.Inside a Bookshelf —  Sweden

4.Library Mural — Poland

5.Flying Books — San Francisco

6.Heart, Culture and Pedagogy — Canada

7.La Bibliotèque De La Cité — France

8.Larchmere Mural — Ohio

9.Duluth Public Library - Minnesota

10.Transformer Books —  Russia

How to decorate with books.

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nyrbclassics:


Thanks to a legion of disciples, many of them prominent writers (along with Tom Hanks, who recommended the book in a Time interview), “Stoner” became the Little Novel That Could.
—Steve Almond on Stoner in The New York Times Magazine, May 11, 2014

Since Steve Almond is too shy to give himself credit, we will do it for him: he’s most certainly one of those vocal writers who championed Stoner when nearly everyone had forgotten it.* Here he is in Tin House in 2003 (the essay was reprinted in The Rumpus in 2009). Thank you Steve Almond for being one of the few contemporary writers we could snag a back-cover blurb from in 2006 and thank you for not shutting up about your love of the book since!
Do you have a picture of an NYRB Classic with coffee or tea? Send it to this address and we’ll post it here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).
*Another notable exception is bookseller extraordinaire John Crawford of Crawford Doyle in NYC.

nyrbclassics:

Thanks to a legion of disciples, many of them prominent writers (along with Tom Hanks, who recommended the book in a Time interview), “Stoner” became the Little Novel That Could.

—Steve Almond on Stoner in The New York Times Magazine, May 11, 2014

Since Steve Almond is too shy to give himself credit, we will do it for him: he’s most certainly one of those vocal writers who championed Stoner when nearly everyone had forgotten it.* Here he is in Tin House in 2003 (the essay was reprinted in The Rumpus in 2009). Thank you Steve Almond for being one of the few contemporary writers we could snag a back-cover blurb from in 2006 and thank you for not shutting up about your love of the book since!

Do you have a picture of an NYRB Classic with coffee or tea? Send it to this address and we’ll post it here (making you an honorary member of the Classics and Coffee Club).

*Another notable exception is bookseller extraordinaire John Crawford of Crawford Doyle in NYC.