The Masters Review Blog

Nov 18

Literary Links


Consider it a warmup. It’s Monday morning, the coffee’s just kicking in, and good grief if it isn’t cold outside. Wrap your minds around a few of these literary links and start the week off right.

Our friends over at The Millions asked editors from The Paris Review, McSweenys, PANK, and others, to discuss how they go about rejecting manuscripts. The various tiers are pretty interesting.

Donna Tartt’s latest novel “The Goldfinch” is out, and it’s fantastic. Equally fantastic is this rare interview with the normally reclusive Tartt, who discusses her writing process and visits the painting The Goldfinch during the interview. What stands out most is how much she enjoys her work: “When it’s good, and it’s going well, there’s nothing like it.”

Look, you know your way around a word or two, but it’s likely there are some on this list you might be misusing. Check out this list of ten words.


This look at the book business from the inside is eye-opening. For any author hoping to publish, consider this valuable information.

And now for a little fun. This entire Tumblr is dedicated to literary tattoos. Like this, Boxcar Children ink.


Lastly, the literary world lost a guiding light last week. Read this New York Times piece on Nobel Laureate, Doris Lessing. “Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” — Lessing.



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