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Should you go to grad school?

Rivka Galchen

Rivka Galchen will be appearing tonight at 192 Books in celebration of her new story collection, American Innovations (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Reviewing the book for us, Chloé Cooper Jones calls Galchen’s approach to life and death “an epistemological one.”

The Poetry Foundation has awarded this year’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize to Nathaniel Mackey, and have posted an interview with Mackey, and a podcast of him reading and talking about his work. The Foundation also announced their award for poetry criticism to the University of California Press for their recent Robert Duncan books, with John Ashbery’s Collected French Translations, Emily Dickinson’s The Gorgeous Nothings, and Linda Leavell’s biography of Marianne Moore among the finalists.

At the New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog, Jessica Loudis talks to Sheila Heti about the question of whether to go to grad school. The interview is an excerpt from the anthology Should I Go to Grad School, out this week from Bloomsbury and co-edited by Loudis. “I have known a lot of people in grad school and no one seems very happy about it,” Heti says.

The long list for the PEN literary awards—more than eighty titles selected by fifty judges—has been released.

This Saturday at the Elizabeth Street Garden in New York, an exhibition of fifty artists responding to the work of Robert Walser opens, with events, performances, and screenings all weekend long.