The New Republic Archive

Round Up: #Brexit, Apple’s E-Book Settlement, and Barnes & Noble’s Tough Year

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From #Brexit to Barnes & Noble's major financial hit, here are some of last week's most important literary stories: This past week, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The referendum (often referred to as "Brexit") took place on June 23.

Round-Down: Young or Old, Why Do We Write?

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One essential question rises out of the hullabaloo of conflicting opinions broadcast in Cynthia Ozick’s philosophical essay in the New York Times on old vs. new writers and The New Republic’s Phoebe Maltz Bovy’s prickly response: Why do we write? Both essays are well written, thoughtful, and make excellent

The Ploughshares Round-Down: Publishing Isn’t Dead

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There’s an old joke in publishing about consultants, though it’s probably rooted in truth. A new executive hires a prestigious firm to spend months on an expensive deep dive, and they come back, excited, with one key insight: “You should publish more bestsellers, and fewer books that aren’t bestsellers.”

Nine Things Writers Can Learn from (ahem) Science.

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Okay, yes. I said “science.” (I’m about to judge me, too.) But as luck would have it, I submitted this blog just as Steven Pinker‘s “Science Is Not the Enemy of Humanities” was about to go viral. Pinker and I will high-five about our uncanny timing later, but meanwhile—let’s