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[The Millions] Not All Dads Are Good Dads
Now that Father’s Day has passed, can we be honest with each other? Not all dads, truth be told, are Good Dads. Not all dads are tweetable, or postable. Some are even Bad Dads. For Lit Hub, Andrew Thurman writes about a literary genre he’s particularly invested in: the Bad Dad Memoir,

[The Millions] Whatever Dirt or Blemish Upon Her Name: Featured Poetry by Eugene Gloria
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem by Eugene Gloria from his new book, Sightseer in This Killing City, a skilled and fevered examination of strife in the Philippines and the United States. Even Gloria’s domestic poems, like “The Maid,” carry the drama of a poet

[Guardian Books Blog] WG Sebald's bleak vision is not without consolation
The Rings of Saturn finds an unhappy man walking desolate country and recalling awful history. But the lucid beauty of the writing is catharticAt the beginning of The Rings of Saturn, the narrator announces that he is setting off “to walk the county of Suffolk, in the hope of dispelling the

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Chung, Brodesser-Akner, Habila, Steinke, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Catherine Chung, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Helon Habila, Darcy Steinke, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The

[Salon Books] Michael Wolff on why Mueller didn't indict: Trump was ready to "blow up everything"
Author of "Fire and Fury" and the new "Siege": "Trump's whole career has been about what he can get away with"

[Book Forum] Mona Awad on cliques; Jennifer Weiner on beach reads
BuzzFeed editorial employees in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and DC walked out /> on

[The Millions] Xerxes, Xystus, and Xanthippe
Flip through any alphabet book for kids and you’ll most likely see a picture of a xylophone or an x-ray for X. But what did X stand for before those items were invented? The Public Domain Review takes a look at past examples, which includes historical figures, plants, or animals, all mostly

[Book Forum] Like Sleeping Next to a Boiling Kettle
A man named Osvaldo Ventura entered a boarding house in Piazza Annibaliano. He was square, stocky, and wore a mackintosh. His hair was grey-blond, his skin flushed pink, his eyes yellow. He tended to

[The Millions] Eight Hot Trollopes
Does the now rather tame eroticism of Victorian novels restrict their readership mostly to English majors, culture warriors invested in traditional moralities, and Masterpiece fans? Here’s an experiment for more jaded 21st-century readers: let’s take a quick tour of the love scenes of a famous

[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

[Book Forum] Kevin Killian, 1952-2019
Novelist, poet, biographer, and playwright Kevin Killian /> died this weekend, his spouse, the writer Dodie Bellamy, has announced. A key member of the New

[The Millions] I’m Going to Keep Writing: At 91, Lore Segal Is Still Going Strong
For the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of revisiting the writing of one of my favorite authors, Lore Segal, in her new book, The Journal I Did Not Keep, a volume that includes new fiction and previously uncollected nonfiction, as well as excerpts from her best-known work. At 91, Segal is

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: The Bluff by Jamie McKendrick
A sharply observed portrait of a comically foreign creature is shadowed by unease about its futureThe BluffThe newt that plays so delicately deadmust be on the qui vive unless terrorjust flicks the switch. Its limbs go limp,Its upturned orange underbelly over-ripe:a toxic flag unfurled from the

[Salon Books] Why are books banned in prison? Sex, drugs and a critique of systematic oppression
Some of the rules prison officials use are understandable. Their execution leaves a great deal to be desired

[The Millions] Literature’s Favorite Houseguests
Whether they’re expected or not, houseguests often add intrigue and excitement to a novel. For The Guardian, author Jessica Francis Kane (who recently spoke to The Millions about her fourth book, Rules for Visiting) lists some of her favorite houseguests in literature, including King Lear,

[The Millions] Brooklyn Art Book Fair Kicks Off Tonight
The Brooklyn Art Book Fair opens this evening and continues tomorrow at the McCarren Park Play Center & Pool in Williamsburg. The event is presented by Endless Editions, and features underrepresented emerging artists and writers. More than 40 independent, artist-run presses and organizations

[Book Forum] Anna Merlan on conspiracy theories; Elliot Ackerman on emotions and art
The New York Times offers /> a reading list to accompany When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix series about the Central Park Five.

[The Millions] Homosexual Panic: The Millions Interviews James Polchin
We tend to use the word “homophobia” loosely, as if it were interchangeable with the term “anti-gay.” But the root of the word points something more specific: fear. Were the men who recently attacked a lesbian couple on a London bus simply anti-gay? Or did the women scare them? In her 1972

[Salon Books] Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump's mental health is now a "national and global emergency"
Dr. Bandy Lee convened experts to study the Mueller report. They conclude that Trump "can no longer see reality"

[The Millions] ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Turns 50
On average, Neda Ulaby of NPR writes, someone in the world buys a copy of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar every 30 seconds. The classic picture book, first published in 1969 and since then translated into more than 62 languages, turned 50 yesterday. Asked about its appeal earlier this

[The Millions] Best Translated Book Awards Spotlight: The Millions Interviews Linda Coverdale
Linda Coverdale’s translation of Patrick Chamoiseau’s novel Slave Old Man won this year’s Best Translated Books Award in fiction. Shortly after the prize was awarded, Coverdale and I sat down to talk about Chamoiseau’s work and the importance of conveying tone and style in translated works.

[Book Forum] Emily Ruskovich on her debut novel; Incorporating facts into fiction
Moderators for the first Democratic presidential primary debate have been announced />. Besides Savannah Guthrie, Lester

[The Millions] David Shields, Bret Easton Ellis, and the Most Awkward Author Interview in History
On March 28, 2019, Norwegian filmmaker Kristoffer Borgli attempted to interview David Shields at a NORMS Restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif. Later he attempted to interview Shields by a hedge and at a bookshop. Later he attempted to interview Shields and Bret Easton Ellis at the latter’s

[The Millions] Maurice Sendak at the Opera
Casual readers and self-proclaimed Wild Things are probably not aware of Maurice Sendak’s deep love for the opera. Over at Artsy, Wallace Ludel explores the vivid, imaginative sets Sendak designed for about a dozen operas and ballets, as well as the author’s fascination with the stage.

[Book Forum] Hopeless Hope
Ali Smith is writing the world as it happens. In the vein of Charles Dickens, she has set out to reshape the serial form in her Seasonal Quartet of interwoven yet stand-alone novels, responding to the

[Book Forum] Spring by Ali Smith
Ali Smith is writing the world as it happens. In the vein of Charles Dickens, she has set out to reshape the serial form in her Seasonal Quartet of interwoven yet stand-alone novels, responding to the

[The Millions] Elise Juska on Finally Learning the True Story of Her Namesake
1. On the first day of every new semester, I ask my students to write stories about their names. It’s an exercise that reliably generates discussion-worthy material: the reasons behind their naming (some familial; some symbolic; a smattering of homages to soap opera characters, musicians, and

[Guardian Books Blog] 'Ghosts shaped my life': out-of-print children's classic to be resurrected
The macabre guide counts Reece Shearsmith and Nick Frost among its diehard fans. What’s so creepy about a 1970s children’s book?So, it turns out I wasn’t the only terrified young reader. From the unnerving one-eyed ghost dog, Black Shuck, to the many gibbets pictured in its pages, Usborne’s

[Book Forum] Columbia Journalism Review creates team of public editors; Literary Hub's summer books preview
Literary Hub offers /> “the ultimate summer books preview.” Picks include Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys, Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly

[The Millions] Stop Hating on Adjectives!
A common admonition in recent creative writing pedagogy is, “Cut as many adjectives as possible.” I would like to propose that this rule springs from mere prejudice. There’s nothing inherently wrong with adjectives; they’re just out of fashion. In fact (and in fiction), they can be used, in

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