5 Most Popular Posts: May 2016

  • June 3, 2016

We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. But all kidding aside, here are May’s winners.












  1. “9 Tips for Running a Kick-Ass Writing Group.” Judging by the amount of traffic Tara Campbell’s column drew — and continues to draw — there must be an awful lot of non-ass-kicking writers groups out there…
  2. Jon Sallet’s review of Paul McCartney: The Life by Philip Norman. People obviously loved this piece because Paul was The Best Beatle. So there.
  3. “Meet the Press: May 2016” by Audrey Bastian. Folks were eager to learn about Hoopoe, a new imprint from the American University in Cairo Press that spotlights novels from the Middle East and North Africa. Isn’t it time we all started reading across cultures?
  4. Hannah Oliver’s review of Septimania by Jonathan Levi. Just how erudite was Oliver’s critique? “Levi's…experimental narrative implicates the reader in a philosophy of science, love, sex, and religion resulting in a Whitmanian mash: hope and despair, finite detail and grandiose allusion.” (Excuse us while we go Google “Whitmanian.”)
  5. Molly Lundquist’s review of City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan. “City of Secrets is a rich, powerful, beautifully crafted novel.” Lundquist’s exploration of it was beautifully crafted, too.

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