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What has it been like being longlisted for the National Book Award?

Oh my God; I just didn’t see it coming. Waiting for the book to come out is such a heavy process — hoping people like it but trying not to stay too invested in that. The book is so new, I haven’t really had time to consider more than, do I feel like I’m done with it, and it’s as good as it can be.

It would be hard for me to convey how it felt, to me, a former young man who wanted only to become a writer, to have that happen with this book. It’s incredible. I still can’t believe it.

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Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
- Dorothy Parker
Happy Birthday Mrs. Parker!

JD Salinger’s house is awfully cozy. Did he write here when it was his place in the 1950s? Now it’s for sale. $679,000 seems reasonable for 12 acres and a literary legend.

Poet laureate of LA lowlife, the enfant terrible of the Meat School poets, prophet of the underemployed, an X-rated Oscar the Grouch: Happy birthday Charles Bukowski!


Quraysh Ali Lasana going a “long way home" in a Poetry Cab!


The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons has added his own #ireadeverywhere photo to the mix! He may play a physicist on TV, but off-screen he loves reading about Buster Keaton. Tell us where you love to read

Congratulations to poet Frank Bidart and the rest of the winners!


It’s time to celebrate! Congratulations to the 2014 PEN Literary Awards Winners! Visit our website for the full list of winners!

Oh look! It’s Michael Connelly and Matthew McConaughey. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times

It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window.
Raymond Chandler, born July 23, 1888, in Farewell My Lovely