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James Crossley

James Crossley reads and writes in the upper left corner of the country, where he lives with his two tremendously interesting children and their tremendously interesting mother. He sells books for a living. Come to think of it, that's also why he buys them.

After Shakespeare: 4 Playwrights to Explore

While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our ...

The Best Translated Book Award

It’s always silly to declare a single book to be the “best,” but it’s often productive (and fun) to consider ...

Tales of the City: 3 Picture Books

When you think of first books for children, the ones that will introduce them to a lifetime of turning pages, ...

THE BURIED GIANT: Kazuo Ishiguro and the Future of Fiction

Most writers who develop a devoted readership over time do it with a series of books that offer comforting similarity. ...

After Shakespeare: 4 Playwrights to Explore

Everybody knows that Shakespeare sits at the pinnacle of the authorial pyramid, his work deservedly considered as the finest example ...

What Are You Wearing? Non-Creepy Books About Clothes

While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our¬†reading, we’re re-running some of ...

No Shave November: 3 Books for the Bearded

I took a trip toward the end of this past summer and forgot to bring my razor. I could have ...

What Are You Wearing? Non-Creepy Books About Clothes

Clothing is important enough for everyone (except for a handful of ecdysiasts) to wear every single day of their lives, ...

The Nobel Tolls for . . . ?

It’s that time of year again, when the Swedish Academy announces that it’s about to announce the winner of the ...

Literary Tourism: Antarctica

So you’ve already shopped the glorious bookstores of Buenos Aires, followed Leopold Bloom’s footsteps through Dublin, relaxed in Jane Austen’s ...

A Place to Visit and Something to Hold

This past summer I finally got around to reading Always Coming Home, Ursula K. Le Guin’s award-winning novel from the ...

Life Imitates Art: Sculptures, Novels, and Lawsuits

The rewards of being well-read aren’t always tangible, but they definitely exist. One minor benefit of bookishness is that it ...

Literary Traveling Companions

For the first time in years I’m actually taking a substantial vacation, one that involves airplanes and oceans and everything. ...

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