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5 Sunday Reads, Including the Death of the Woman Who Reviewed 31 000 Books on Amazon

null1. Woman Who Reviewed 31,000 Books on Amazon Dies

From Motherboard: Harriet Klausner is not exactly a household name. But in the weird subculture of Amazon reviewers, she was either a legend or a legendarily bad shill. Klausner amassed more than 31,000 reviews of books under one username, seeming to sell just as many on Half.com after she finished them. Now Klausner, a former librarian and self-proclaimed speedreader, is reportedly dead at age 63.
 
 
 
 
Wildflower2. Drew Barrymore: “My mother locked me up in an institution at 13. Boo hoo! I needed it”

From The Guardian, an interview and excerpt from Drew Barrymore’s new book, Wildflower.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tenth of December3. My Writing Education: A Time Line by George Saunders

From The New Yorker: February 1986. Tobias Wolff calls my parents’ house in Amarillo, Texas, leaves a message: I’ve been admitted to the Syracuse Creative Writing Program. I call back, holding Back in the World in my hands. For what seems, in chagrined memory, like eighteen hours, I tell him all of my ideas about Art and list all the things that have been holding me back artistic-development-wise and possibly (God! Yikes!) ask if he ever listens to music while he writes. He’s kind and patient and doesn’t make me feel like an idiot. I do that myself, once I hang up.
 
 
Lesser Beasts4. I Would Rather Be Herod’s Pig: The History of a Taboo

From Longreads: The story of how pigs became the world’s most divisive meal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
null5. The crowning achievement of utter neutrality

From Guernica: On working as a sign language interpreter for the defendant in a murder case.
 
 
 
 
 

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