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[The Millions] Viet Thanh Nguyen and the Refugee’s Narrative
There is no single refugee story, and as the editor of The Displaced, a collection of refugee writers exploring and reflecting on their experiences, Viet Thanh Nguyen gives these stories room to breath and unfurl. In an interview with Piper French for Asymptope, Nguyen discusses the complexity of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The threat of nuclear weapons
This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you

[The Millions] I Wait for the Sudden Sunset: Featured Poetry by Tyler Mills
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem by Tyler Mills from her new book, Hawk Parable, a fascinating verse consideration of the atomic age. From test to terror, Mills unfolds the dizzying destruction of a world, cindered and then forgotten. In this poem, laughter precedes the

[Book Forum] VIDEO: TimesTalks: Robert Caro

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Options open
Algorithm could change how

[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

[The Millions] Is Anybody Out There? One Writer on the Purgatory of Submission
There’s something that people do, but not everyone does it. It involves a hamburger, a shelf, and a lot of time. It goes like this: buy a hamburger from McDonald’s, then just leave it on a shelf to see if it rots. (Spoiler Alert: It doesn’t. It quickly dries out and without

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Breath by Adrian Rice
A poem about final acts of love that spans playfulness, anger and delicate eroticism BreathWhat is death,but a letting goof breath? Continue reading...

[Salon Books] Resistance can't be tweeted: Social and political change is built on reading
What's the value of liberal education? Without intellectual exploration, we'll never make a better world

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Rebecca Solnit Rewrites “Cinderella”
BuzzFeed examines the Mueller report and revisits the story that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. At the Washington Post, Paul Farhi points out that the Mueller report shows fake news came not from the media but from Trump and his team. Also at the Washington Post, Carlos Lozada, who

[Salon Books] Rethinking Easter through Paul the Apostle: Why evangelicals get it wrong
Beyond a mean-spirited, transactional understanding of Jesus' death on the cross lie richer, deeper meanings

[Salon Books] "That is the David Carr way": Erin Lee Carr on writing fearlessly on grief, addiction and her father
"Am I going to be as honest with myself as I need for my subjects to be?" the filmmaker and memoirist tells Salon

[The Millions] Decolonizing the Card Catalog
Wednesday was National Librarian Day, and over at Smithsonian Magazine, Zita Cristina Nunes honors an important figure in library science: Dorothy Porter. As a librarian at Howard University, Porter made it her mission to collect and preserve works related to the global black experience—and to

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: About animals
So many animals are going extinct that it could take Earth 10 million years to recover

[Book Forum] VIDEO: David Browne + David Hiatt

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: First step
The quest for the most elusive

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Carmen Maria Machado on women vampires; Alex Pareene joins the “New Republic” as staff writer
Carmen Maria Machado talks to Electric Literature about Carmilla, a vampire novel by J. Sheridan LeFanu that predates Dracula by two decades and is now being reissued by Lanternfish Press with an introduction by Machado. “The connection between narratives of vampires and narratives of

[Book Forum] IN PRINT: You Better Work
The daily routines of women writers and artists.

[The Millions] Four Women, One Continuous Story: The Slow Bloom of Suite for Barbara Loden
This post was produced in partnership with Bloom, a literary site that features authors whose first books were published when they were 40 or older. 1. When the postwoman delivered Suite for Barbara Loden to my mailbox, I was not at home. I wasn’t even in the country. The book

[The Millions] The Fire in Fiction
When tragedy hits, what do we read? In the wake of the Notre Dame fire in Paris, at least, the answer is 19th-century fiction: Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame has risen to the top of France’s bestseller list, with multiple editions of the book filling five out of the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Working lives
Workers are fighting back

[Salon Books] This 1938 book on addiction could have stopped the war on drugs
The new podcast "Self? Help!" asks bestselling authors about the one book that helped them out in a pivotal time

[The Millions] Can a Myth Grow Up?: The Poet Frank Stanford at Second Sight
1. In the fall of 2018, I travelled to Fayetteville to attend the second-ever Frank Stanford Literary Festival, held in honor of a wild, Arkansas poet who’s been dead 40 years. The only other time I’d visited Fayetteville was 10 years earlier when I’d attended the first-ever Frank Stanford

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Cheryl Strayed and Lidia Yuknavitch | 2019 AWP Conference and Bookfair

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Simon & Schuster starts new imprint; The ethics of blocking critics on Twitter
Simon & Schuster is starting a new imprint this summer. The “trend driven” Tiller Press will publish “practical nonfiction, serving readers clamoring for information to solve their real-world problems, achieve their goals, and lead richer, more meaningful lives.” After a New York Times

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Forgotten reason
No profound meaning

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: It Gets Worse
What’s in store as the planet heats up

[The Millions] I Have to Write Differently Now: The Millions Interviews Jennifer Acker
Jennifer Acker is one of my dearest friends, so I was thrilled to have the chance to interview her about her debut novel, The Limits of the World. Acker and I have been exchanging writing since our mid-20s, so I come to this interview having read multiple drafts of her book, a multi-generational

[The Millions] TK: The Millions Interviews Jennifer Acker
Jennifer Acker is one of my dearest friends, so I was thrilled to have the chance to interview her about her debut novel, The Limits of the World. Acker and I have been exchanging writing since our mid-20s, so I come to this interview having read multiple drafts of her book, a multi-generational

[The Millions] The Future United States of America
What will the United States become? In Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams’s new anthology, A People’s Future of the United States, they gathered a group of writers to answer the question using speculative fiction. Over at Electric Literature, LaValle discusses his thought process while




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