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[The Millions] Obsession Is Universal
Is there art without obsession? Obsession is endemic to the human condition.  It drives creation like sunlight nourishes plants. If artists are observers of human follies and failings, then depicting obsession comes with the terrain.  Three recently translated novels, ostensibly about music and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Riddled with references
Showing anything but trust

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Francisco Cantú (author of The Line Becomes a River) at the FYE® Conference 2018

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Parkland survivors working on book; Jhumpa Lahiri on translating Domenico Starnone
Parkland shooting survivors and siblings David Hogg and Lauren Hogg are writing a book with Random House. #NeverAgain, which includes a foreword by Parkland student Emma González, will detail the movement’s purpose and challenges as they attempt to convince lawmakers to enact new gun control

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Facebook’s data scandal
Facebook’s motto to connect the world is failing, and Zuckerberg isn’t helping

[The Millions] Prison Rooms: Just £150 per Night
1. In the Visitor’s Room of a prison in Oxford, at the table next to me, a middle-aged man in a turquoise shirt sips a cocktail through a straw; his face scrunches up with pleasure. The woman he is with leans in to whisper in his ear. He opens his eyes and catches me looking at him and I look down

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Writing women back into the Internet
Silicon Valley’s blind spots and biases are ruining tech for the rest of us

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: #NeverTrump conservatives
The GOP’s Never-Trumpers are really just Never-Democrats

[The Millions] Kazuo Ishiguro and the Inescapable Perils of the Internet
“I have this feeling, that all it will take will be one moment, even a tiny moment.” When Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature I was slightly disappointed. I was a “Harukist”—over the preceding eight months, I had been religiously reading the novels and short stories of Haruki

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Core feature
Capitalize on the hype

[Book Forum] VIDEO: William T. Vollmann | Carbon Ideologies

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of tax
Taxation as the lifeblood of the modern liberal state

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: “New Republic” staff unionizes; Alexander Chee on writing and identity
The majority of editorial staff at the New Republic have unionized with NewsGuild of New York. “We believe that unionizing is the best way to strengthen our workplace, not just for ourselves but for future generations of journalists,” said staff writer Sarah Jones. “By organizing, we’re

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Involved in Russia probe
Strap yourselves in folks, this president is about to take our country and democracy on a bumpy ride

[The Millions] Narrative Is Back: On Rebekah Frumkin’s ‘The Comedown’
In the frontmatter of Rebekah Frumkin’s debut novel, The Comedown, the reader is presented with two genealogy charts: one for the Marshalls, and one for the Bloom-Mittwochs. These are wild, unpruned, tangled family trees—more than a few names appear on both. Frumkin sets herself the task of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Ethics of global governance
A case for global democracy?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of the intellectual right
Who has any use for conservative intellectuals?

[The Millions] The 2018 Walter Scott Prize Shortlist Celebrates Historical Fiction
The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction announced their 2018 shortlist. Founded in 2010 in honor of the “founding father of the historical novel,” the award rewards “writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past.” The winner will be announced on June 16, 2018.

[The Millions] Becoming the Person You Are: Meaghan O’Connell Writes Motherhood
I knew life with a baby would be radically different. I had been warned, and I had seen time and again how a baby could change a family dynamic. I prepared (as much as one can) for breastfeeding problems and colic and sleepless nights. But what I didn’t expect were the changes in me. Not the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Bounce back
Understood to be

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Cecile Richards introduces Make Trouble

[Guardian Books Blog] As William Kennedy shows, good writing is about what you can get away with
Heeding the lessons of his teacher Saul Bellow, Kennedy tried to avoid ‘clotty’ and ‘fatty’ writing – but some rules are made to be broken, as Ironweed demonstratesSaul Bellow was a big figure for William Kennedy. Prior to helping him find a publisher for Ironweed in 1983 (with some

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Augmented reality is about to take over
Are we already living in virtual reality?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners announced; Susan Orlean working on new book
The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. The New York Times and the New Yorker share the Public Service prize for their reporting on Harvey Weinstein, while the Washington Post won the Investigative Reporting category for their coverage of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Other

[Guardian Books Blog] Calling all BAME writers: entries open for the 2018 short story prize
The Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story prize, tapping into the talents of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers, is now open for entriesThe third Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story prize opens for entries today, offering writers a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The gangsterization of America
Scott Pruitt’s ethics problems are conservative ideology in action

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: The Burning House: Jim Crow and the Making of Modern America by Anders Walker
In 1977, the school district of Kansas City, Missouri, sued the state of Missouri for supporting segregation. Kansas City students were largely black; suburban schools educated significantly whiter populations. The government’s districting policies, the suit alleged, produced de facto

[The Millions] The Moon Is Beautiful Tonight: On East Asian Narratives
1. Once a conversation with an Australian friend surprised me; she told me that Haruki Murakami, the world-famous Japanese novelist, struck her as “very Japanese.” “But why?” I puzzled, thinking of the Western pop culture references sprinkled throughout his works and his Englishized prose

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Chee; Djavadi; Summerfield; Young; Barnes
Out this week: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee; Disoriental by Négar Djavadi; Every Other Weekend by Zulema Renee Summerfield; Brown by Kevin Young; and The Only Story by Julian Barnes. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks to Wayne Koestenbaum
Ludwig Wittgenstein noted that in representational writing, “one thinks that one is tracing the outline of the thing’s nature . . . and one is merely tracing round the frame through which we look at it.” In Wayne Koestenbaum’s “trance journals”—The Pink Trance Notebooks (2015) and the

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