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[The Millions] Revisiting Olive with Elizabeth Strout
After nearly a decade, Elizabeth Strout is revisiting her character Olive Kitteridge in a new book, Olive, Again. Its predecessor, Olive Kitteridge, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize and gained some rather fervent fans. Strout discussed the character’s surprising popularity with Emma Brockes at the

[Guardian Books Blog] President Supervillain: behind the alarmingly accurate Trump-Marvel mashup
The popular Twitter account, which puts Trump speeches into the mouth of Red Skull, is so convincing that the creator had to clarify that the president isn’t quoting the supervillainThe presidency of Donald Trump has inspired countless standup comedy routines, nudes, poetry – and now, comic book

[The Millions] Love Your Bookstore! The Millions Interviews Valerie Pierce
This piece is the first in a series of posts supporting the 2019 Love Your Bookstore Challenge, which is sponsored, in part, by The Millions. Launched last year to draw attention to physical bookstores, the Love Your Bookstore Challenge is back for 2019, kicking off on November 10 and running

[Book Forum] Historian Georgette Elgey has died at the age of ninety; Ronan Farrow is starting a podcast
The French journalist and historian Georgette Elgey /www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/world/europe/georgette-elgey-dead.html>, who wrote an epic history of the Fourth Republic that took nearly fifty years

[The Millions] Kill Your Idols: On the Violence of Experimental Literature
In a recent lecture on innovative writing, Myung Mi Kim argued that any artistic experiment is inherently violent, as the artist is dismantling an inherited tradition in order to make way for the new. For many writers, innovation does indeed contain destruction in its very definition. After all, the

[Salon Books] Brian Klaas: Trump has "exposed the weakness of American democracy" — but there's hope
Author of "The Despot's Apprentice" on Trump's "existential threat" to democracy and the growing risk of violence

[Salon Books] How losing made Olympic medalist Adam Rippon a winner
Salon talks to the former ice skating champ about competition, comedy and rock-bottom embarrassment

[The Millions] I’m Very Bad at Being Secular: The Millions Interviews Nathan Englander
In Kaddish.com, Shuli (née Larry) tries to set things right with his dead father 20 years after paying a stranger to say Kaddish through the internet instead of doing it himself. The Millions chatted with author Nathan Englander, who discusses the fascinations that drove his novel of obsession, the

[Book Forum] The Swedish Academy defends Peter Handke's Nobel win; Naomi Wolf's book has been cancelled
The Swedish Academy is defending /www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/21/swedish-academy-defends-peter-handkes-controversial-nobel-win> its choice to award Peter Handke the Nobel Prize in Literature.

[Guardian Books Blog] Struggling with The Golden Notebook? The hard work is worth it
For every moment of high drama, there are also sections of intense tedium. But Doris Lessing’s masterpiece delivers a big payoffIn my edition of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, the text that forms the titular volume arrives on page 531. These climactic thoughts, supposedly recorded by the

[Book Forum] “I really don’t want to be seen as speaking for Occupy or writing the novel of Occupy”
In Caleb Crain’s new novel, Overthrow, a thirty-one-year-old graduate student named Matthew meets a poet who recruits him to volunteer at Occupy Wall Street. The poet and his friends read tarot cards,

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Attenberg, Shelburne, Matar, Ocampo, Pinsky, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Jami Attenberg, Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne, Hisham Matar, Silvina Ocampo, Robert Pinsky, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want

[Salon Books] Can members of the Trump cult be deprogrammed after the leader falls? Steven Hassan says yes
Author of "The Cult of Trump" on our president's similarities to famous cult leaders — and how to break the grip

[The Millions] J.D. Salinger at Home
Notoriously private, J.D. Salinger would not have liked the new exhibit of his family photos, letters, and notes currently on display at the New York Public Library, organized by his son, Matt Salinger. Despite this, the carefully curated collection includes a “phony” publication

[Salon Books] Forget the fights over housework: How couples who both work make it work
Salon talks to author Jennifer Petriglieri about power in relationships and who gets to chase their dreams

[The Millions] King, God, Smart-Ass Author: Reconsidering Metafiction
“Whoever is in charge here?” -Daffy Duck, Merrie Melodies (1953) Like all of us, Daffy Duck was perennially put upon by his Creator. The sputtering, stuttering, rageful water fowl’s life was a morass of indignity, embarrassment, anxiety, and existential horror. Despite all of the humiliation

[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] 'Animals feared him': fake David Cameron memoir cover spotted in bookshop
Complete with endorsements from Donald Trump and Judy Murray, the parody jacket turned up in a branch of FoylesThere are large acts of protest, such as the People’s Vote march that took place in London on Saturday. And then there are smaller ones, such as the work of the as yet unidentified

[The Millions] I Hope My Grandchildren Will Know Me by This Book: The Millions Interviews Patricia Henley
Twenty years ago, Patricia Henley’s novel Hummingbird House was a finalist for the National Book Award and The New Yorker Fiction Prize. Henley, a longtime professor in Purdue University’s MFA program, enjoyed the acclaim that her years of research and writing produced. Then the novel went out

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: The Soul of Gerontius by John Henry Newman
The Victorian theologian – and as of last week, saint – was also a poet of unexpectedly gentle warmthI went to sleep; and now I am refresh’d,A strange refreshment: for I feel in meAn inexpressive lightness, and a senseOf freedom, as I were at length myself,And ne’er had been before. How

[Book Forum] Nick Tosches, 1949-2019
Music writer Nick Tosches has died at sixty-nine. The critic was associated with Lester Bangs and Richard Meltzer, who were dubbed the “noise boys /

[Salon Books] Steven Pinker, Sam Harris and the epidemic of annoying white male intellectuals
The problem with Pinker, and the whole Intellectual Dark Web, is that their claim to represent reason is total crap

[The Millions] Sarah M. Broom’s New Orleans
In her debut memoir, The Yellow House (which was recently nominated for a National Book Award), Sarah M. Broom writes vividly of her childhood in New Orleans East and charts the city’s drastic changes over the decades. She discusses her connection to her childhood home with Greg Mania in

[Book Forum] TS Eliot Prize shortlist announced; Ismail Kadare wins Neustadt International Prize for Literature
Former permanent secretary /www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/books/sara-danius-dead.html> of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius has died at age 57, the New York Times reports. Danius “was the first woman to

[The Millions] On Body Horror and the Monstrosity of Women
In Sharlene Teo’s wise, tenderly grotesque novel Ponti, the introduction of teenaged protagonist Szu is effected in a cloud of body odor. “When I was eleven,” Szu grumbles, sitting in a classroom that smells of Impulse body spray and soiled sanitary towels, “I used to hope that puberty

[Salon Books] Comedian Ali Wong's book "Dear Girls" tells a magical, raunchy love story
It's as if her stand-up act went to prom, got blackout drunk, pooped its pants, yet still landed the prom king

[Book Forum] The controversy over two 2019 Booker Prize winners; Cat Marnell on her new audiobook
The Guardian examines /www.theguardian.com/books/2019/oct/15/bernardine-evaristo-margaret-atwood-share-booker-prize-award> the controversy over the decision to award the 2019 Booker Prize to both

[Book Forum] Why You So Obsessed with Me?
Of the emotional afflictions we witness in those around us, obsession may be the most discomfiting. It’s also the most gendered: We’re conditioned to find it appealing, flattering when a man is the

[The Millions] Unsettling the American Dream Story: The Millions Interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen
When Viet Thanh Nguyen visited Iowa Writers’ Workshop in May, everyone—including me—was starstruck. He talked about a prevailing belief back in his college years at Berkley. “People say literature saves the world,” he said. “No, it doesn’t. But social movements do.” At a time when

[The Millions] ‘Goodnight Moon’ Revisited
Margaret Wise Brown’s classic Goodnight Moon has influenced generations of bedtime readers, as seen recently in Eric Betts’s take on the book’s world-building. For the Los Angeles Review of Books, Brian Goedde takes a closer look at the characters within the book, particularly the bunny




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