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José Saramago (1922-2010): Very sad news this morning of the passing of Nobel laureate José Saramago, the Portuguese author whose surrealistic novels (including Blindness and All the Names, among others) earned him international acclaim--and the 1998 Novel Prize in Literature. His next novel, The Elephant's Journey, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on September 8 [New York Times].

Authors on Summer Reading: New York Magazine asked some of our own favorite writers to recommend books within their own genres. It makes for an exceptional reading list: Simon Rich picks his favorite humorous books, Rebecca Skloot takes on science writing, Peter Carey discusses outstanding historical fiction... and the list goes on.

The Velluvial Matrix Valediction: The New Yorker posts bestselling author and surgeon Atul Gawande's commencement address to graduates of Stanford's School of Medicine:

"Our successes will always be restricted by the limits of knowledge and human capability, by the inevitability of suffering and death. Meaning comes from each of us finding ways to help people and communities make the most of what is known and cope with what is not.

This will take science. It will take art. It will take innovation. It will take ambition. And it will take humility. But the fantastic thing is: This is what you get to do."

Moving and Shaking: An NPR feature on short story collections by David Means and Robin Black sends Black's If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This climbing up our Movers & Shakers list this morning.

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The only sad news about the passing of José Saramago is that it didn't happen in 1923. The world needs fewer Communist sacks of excrement and more greatness.

Posted by: Bob | Sunday June 27, 2010 at 7:14 AM

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