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With Sour Heart, poet Jenny Zhang is making her prose debut. The collection of short stories is composed of several loosely interlinked tales centered around the lives of Chinese-American teenage girls in New York City. It’s also the first publication by Lenny Books, a Random House imprint run by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.

Self-proclaimed voracious readers, the duo tout Lenny Books with the following mission statement:

Lenny books will aspire to push the ball forward on the issues that matter to our audience, with wit and style. …


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Recently, BBC Culture polled 177 film critics from 36 countries to find the best movies of recent memory. Or, more precisely, the 21st century’s 100 greatest films. They named David Lynch’s surreal masterpiece Mulholland Drive from 2001 as number one.

The idea of the BBC editors was that such lists too often only focus on the greatest movies of all time and are infused with nostalgia. …


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You know you’re a writer if the end of October fills you with a certain kind of eagerness and trepidation: NaNoWriMo is upon us. That’s short for National Novel Writing Month, a stunt where writers the world over try to pull off churning out 50,000 words during the month of November. Now the 2016 edition is looming on the horizon: should you participate?

If you’re anything like me, the thought of November and NaNoWriMo fills you with dread. Damned if I do, damned if I don’t is definitely how I feel about it. Go ahead, check my stats — I have never finished a manuscript I started for the November event. The reasons or excuses I can give for this are manifold: November is traditionally not a great month to get stuff done (in 2016, the US Presidential elections offer a huge distraction); 1,666 words per day is slightly above my ideal word count; my writing routine differs; I happen to be traveling, etc. …

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