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[Salon Books] The reality of life in a "Dopesick" country: "It is just a state of misery"
Salon talks to author Beth Macy about the economics, regulatory failures and racism that fueled the opioid crisis

[The Millions] Where to Submit Poetry in 2019
Here’s a thought experiment: Let’s say you’re a lover of poetry. Maybe you like to read our poetry excerpt series; perhaps you eagerly await our monthly must-read poetry lists. Now, a step further: perhaps you write poetry? Might you be looking for a place to submit said poetry

[Book Forum] Matthew Yglesias writing book on immigration; Advice from Gwyneth Paltrow's book curator
Cathleen Schine talks to /> the New York Times By the Book section about contemporary fiction, why she avoids literary

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘The Forbidden Harbor’
Teresa Radice and Stefano Turconi’s beautifully illustrated graphic novel Forbidden Harbor combines high adventure, betrayal, and mystery on the open sea with a deeply moving love story in a richly imagined literary tribute to the ships, sailors, and mythologies of 19th-century tall ship sailing.

[Salon Books] "We're all going to wear a scarlet letter": Tim Alberta on the rise of Trump and the fall of the GOP
Politico's Tim Alberta talks "American Carnage," his book about how Donald Trump conquered the Republican Party

[The Millions] Topple the Top 10 List: The Millions Interviews Emily Nussbaum
I Like to Watch is the first book by Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker’s TV critic. It combines nearly two dozen of her Pulitzer-Prize-winning reviews with essays on subjects ranging from product placement to Joan Rivers, profiles of showrunners like Kenya Barris and Jenji Kohan, and a new

[Book Forum] Bassey Ikpi on memory and truth; The Ringer's Mallory Rubin promoted to editor in chief
At Longreads, Naomi Elias talks to /> Bassey Ikpi about memory, truth, and her new book, I’m Telling the Truth but I’m Lying. “What I tried to do

[The Millions] Memory Can Be a Second Chance: Ocean Vuong’s ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’
“What happened happened–but it isn’t fixed in the ongoing story of our lives,” Jeanette Winterson wrote of regret, recollection, and lost love, “Memories can be tools for change. They don’t have to be weapons used against us or baggage that we drag around.” Vietnamese-American poet

[Salon Books] Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe: Framers would tell us to impeach him right now
Harvard constitutional law professor says Trump's "treachery and betrayal" are now clear. There's one solution

[Book Forum] Meg's Frock Shock
“Little Women was about the best book I ever read.” So began my fourth-grade book report, in 1981. Clear, if uninspired. After one-and-a-half double-spaced pages of cursive rhapsodizing in support of

[The Millions] Whiteness Anonymous
In therapy, “the thing” is, traditionally, what’s not discussed, that which both therapist and patient avoid. “You only know it,” writes clinical psychologist Natasha Stovall, “by the silence and illogic that surrounds it, and the extremes to which the patient

[The Millions] Olga Tokarczuk Takes on the Detective Novel
In 2007, Olga Tokarczuk had just published her novel Flights in Poland, where it would go on to be a bestseller and win the 2008 Nike Award, the country’s most prestigious literary prize; a decade later, it would win the Man Booker International Prize in an English translation by Jennifer Croft.

[Book Forum] Rachel Monroe on empathy; Facebook hiring journalists again
The Cut talks to /> Rachel Monroe about true crime, empathy, and her new book, Savage Appetites. “People talk about being fascinated by true crime because

[The Millions] Stay for the Festive Rage: The Millions Interviews Lee Conell
Lee Conell’s story collection Subcortical is notable for a number of reasons: elegant plotting, beguiling sentence-work, intriguing premises, and surprising humor. But it may stand out most because of the ways its stories engage with the topic of moral failure. Conell treads nimbly around the many

[The Millions] ‘The Trojan War Museum’: Featured Fiction from Ayse Papatya Bucak
In our latest installment of featured fiction—curated by our own Carolyn Quimby—we present an excerpt from O. Henry and Pushcart Prize winner Ayse Papatya Bucak’s debut collection, The Trojan War Museum: And Other Stories, out today from W.W. Norton. Kirkus called the book “cerebral yet

[The Millions] Holy in the Hands of Old Oak: Featured Poetry by Alexandra Teague
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from Or What We’ll Call Desire by Alexandra Teague. Her book is full of richly-textured pieces like “Driving After Rain,” a poem whose rhythm begins with its first line—a single sentence, dressed with complementing s and f

[Salon Books] Troll-fighter Carrie Goldberg: "I became the lawyer I needed"
After being stalked by an ex-boyfriend, Brooklyn lawyer Carrie Goldberg set about to fight "psychos" and trolls

[Book Forum] Suketu Mehta on Americans and history; Megan Greenwell joins Wired
Suketu Mehta talks to /> The Guardian about immigration, history, and his new book, This Land Is Our Land. “I am

[Guardian Books Blog] How John Steinbeck ‘opened up’ The Grapes of Wrath's readers
It is not simply the plight of his real-life subjects that still draws readers in their millions. The story’s force depends on its craftWhen Steinbeck finished The Grapes of Wrath in 1938, he expressed doubts about its quality. Since then, critics and the public alike have decided that he

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Scott, Bucak, Zeh, Steinberg, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Rion Amilcar Scott, Ayşe Papatya Bucak, Juli Zeh, Susan Steinberg, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[The Millions] Maya Angelou in the Kitchen
In 1994, Maya Angelou cooked a meal of crowder peas, okra, and beef for a crowd of 150 people. The dinner was in honor of Toni Morrison—who had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature the previous year—and U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Although Angelou is less often associated with cooking

[The Millions] Death Liberates in a Danish Master’s New Novel
Ida Jessen’s A Change of Time, beautifully translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken, tells the story of “L. Høy, Schoolteacher,” as she’s introduced to the reader on the book’s first page. Her story is told in the form of a diary, recounting events in her life primarily from 1927

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[Guardian Books Blog] Not the Booker: Flames by Robbie Arnott review – magic works in a wild Tasmania
A novel where special coffins are required to keep the dead from rising, and river gods vandalise jetskis could be irritating. But here the tricks pay offFlames is a novel that asks for indulgence, from its first sentence: “Our mother returned to us two days after we spread her ashes over Notley

[The Millions] A Veteran Reflects on America’s Longest War
Erik Edstrom enrolled in West Point in 2004 with the goal to effect positive change in the world through a career in the military. Things didn’t go the way he hoped. His platoon suffered senseless casualties for a senseless, unending war, and in the years since he has examined the War on

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Marriage by Alison Winch
A philosophical look at the irreconcilable ingredients of marriage is snappier and funnier than you might expectMarriageMarriage sets off egg tagliatelle and shame,insists it is the solutionand not the problem Continue reading...

[Book Forum] Lawrence Weschler Remembers Oliver Sacks
Lawrence Weschler, a former staff writer at the New Yorker and director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities, has a genius for spotting “convergences,” concepts that mirror other

[Book Forum] Readers Anticipate the Sequel to Handmaid's Tale
The buzz is building /> for Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s

[The Millions] Strange Cults, Powerful Elders, and Other Features of Academia
“A group of young, attractive, if somewhat emotionally crippled people, who otherwise seem to have things going for them, have decided upon a secret pact to effectively end their futures. They want you to join them. Dinner parties at other people’s houses are involved.” For

[Salon Books] Psychoanalyst Justin Frank on why Trump "hates reality" and must be "quarantined"
Why couldn't Trump act fake-normal after the mass shootings? He can't tell what's real and is "enraged" by rules

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