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Bookslut launches the Daphne award: What's the best book of 1963?
Bookslut launches the Daphne award: What's the best book of 1963?

In an effort to correct the missteps of literary history, Bookslut has launched the Daphne, a prize for the best book published 50 years ago. Sure, there was a National Book Award in 1963 -- but Bookslut thinks it went to the wrong title. "Book awards, for the most part, celebrate mediocrity. It takes decades for the reader to catch up to a genius book, it takes years away from hype, publicity teams, and favoritism to see that some books just aren't that good," editor Jessa Crispin wrote on the site's blog Monday. Although politics and the bright light of fame do play a role, another factor is simply art. It's not always easy to see the new standard in the...

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