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[The Millions] Bon Courage: ‘The Good Wife’ Qua Middlebrow Novel
1. For this year’s Year in Reading, I wrote about my 2019 reading grump—a restless disinterest in novels that literary and social media were excited about. As readers we all go through these ruts. For whatever reasons, we are fickle—impossible to please, hungry for work that will stimulate

[Book Forum] Several news websites profitable in 2019; Isabel Allende on literature and journalism
Literary Hub’s Emily Temple rounds up /lithub.com/your-2020-literary-events-calendar/> all the literary events happening in 2020. “It’s only January, so this calendar is necessarily incomplete,” she

[The Millions] How the Women Became Little
In 1834, Amos Bronson Alcott—most famous now for being the father of the author of Little Women, but then a 34-year-old self-taught intellectual determined to become famous himself—founded the Temple School for children in Boston. One of his visions (he was the kind of man who had many) was of

[Salon Books] Dave Eggers on Trump and the perception of truth in unscripted lies
The author discussed the story behind "The Captain and the Glory," today's confusing politics, and Disney cruises

[Book Forum] Fame Game
Sharon Marcus has made her reputation as a careful and ingenious scholar of historical and literary texts, complicating categories by attending to the world-building that individuals enact in plain

[The Millions] Father, I Found the Movies: Featured Poetry by Chad Bennett
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era, the new collection by Chad Bennett. Bennett begins his poem with lines from an unpublished interview from the early 1960s between Warhol and the art critic David Bourdon. The interview proper

[Book Forum] The new Yale Review launches; Ashley Feinberg on the Times’s Democratic primary endorsement
The new /yalereview.yale.edu/> Yale Review, with Meghan O’Rourke as editor, has launched with a redesigned website. O’Rourke’s first issue features essays, stories, and poetry by authors such as Cathy

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Allende, Smith, Eisenberg, Cummins, Chayka, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Isabel Allende, Danez Smith, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Jeanine Cummins, Kyle Chayka, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book

[Guardian Books Blog] Lee Child letting go of his creation is a tale told by other bestsellers
The Jack Reacher author says he will hand on his character to his brother – following other writers who have surrendered their stories“Not much surprises me these days but this news did,” said Ian Rankin of Lee Child’s revelation this weekend that his brother, Andrew Grant, would be

[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] Poem of the week: Harlem Shadows by Claude McKay
Free from moralising, this study of life on the streets of 1920s Harlem has a flowing rhythm and charm Harlem ShadowsI hear the halting footsteps of a lassIn Negro Harlem when the night lets fallIts veil. I see the shapes of girls who passTo bend and barter at desire’s call.Ah, little dark girls

[Guardian Books Blog] A Pushkin theme park? How about Discworld World, StephenKingLand …
After many children’s book attractions, an ‘immersive experience’ based on the poet’s fairytales is planned in Russia. Isn’t it time for more adult resorts?There are lovers of fairytales and lovers of Russian literature and lovers of theme parks, and sometimes, just sometimes, everyone’s

[Salon Books] Five ways to recycle your unwanted books
640,000 tons of books end up in landfills — but your used books don't have to succumb to such a fate

[Book Forum] This Side of Paradise
In Provincetown, a collection of portraits taken in the late 1970s and early ’80s, Joel Meyerowitz captures bodies amber-locked in the beach town’s summer lassitude. The photographer discovered some

[Book Forum] Ronan Farrow on “journalists under fire”; Alex Shephard looks at Amazon's bestseller book deals
At the New Republic Alex Shephard looks /newrepublic.com/article/156228/can-amazon-finally-crack-bestseller-code> at recent deals between Amazon.com /amazon.com/> and best-selling authors Dean Koontz

[Guardian Books Blog] Discworld fans are right to be nervous about the BBC's 'punk rock' The Watch
Terry Pratchett’s books about Ankh-Morpork’s City Watch have been adapted into a ‘punk rock thriller’ – and some are not happyWe Terry Pratchett fans have been lucky, in recent years. We were given Good Omens, which thanks to co-author Neil Gaiman’s shepherding and incredible

[The Millions] Annotate This: Marginalia and the
“We have all seized the white perimeter as our own And reached for a pen if only to show We did not just laze in an armchair turning pages; We pressed a thought into the wayside, Planted an impression along the verge.” —Billy Collins, “Marginalia” Sometime after the fourth century, an

[Book Forum] Garth Greenwell on his new novel; The New York Times to offer editing training to staff
The New York Times will be offering its staff editing training in 2020. The paper celebrated with an oversized custom cake /twitter.com/marclacey/status/1217591551293054976?s=20> bearing the words “

[Salon Books] Former GOP strategist Rick Wilson: "F**king hating" Trump is the key to winning in 2020
Former Republican political wizard outlines Democratic strategy vs. Trump: "This guy is a lying liar who lies"

[The Millions] The State of #MeToo
Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement, a multi-genre anthology of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that I compiled and edited for McSweeney’s, was released in September and is now headed toward its third printing. Recently, after returning home to Brooklyn from

[Book Forum] Anna Wiener reports on start-up culture from the inside
The best pieces of long-form journalism are those where you get the sinking feeling the subject has no idea what the point of journalism is. No inkling that a salacious story is better than a puff

[Book Forum] An Unblemished Record of Defeat
The United States, we are told, is the most powerful nation in world history, the sole superpower, winner of the Cold War, the “indispensable nation,” a “hyperpower” that has achieved “full spectrum

[Book Forum] Jabari Asim on a new collection of Zora Neale Hurston stories; Anna Wiener at the Strand
The New York Times has an excerpt /www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/books/review/hitting-a-straight-lick-with-a-crooked-stick-by-zora-neale-hurston-an-excerpt.html> and a review /

[Guardian Books Blog] Tom Watson’s betrayal thriller – and other politicians who vent in fiction
After quitting parliament over its ‘brutality’, Watson is co-writing thriller The House. Can we expect a tale about a deputy leader righting wrongs?Fresh from publishing his guide to weight loss, Downsizing, the former deputy leader of the Labour party, Tom Watson, is set to write a political

[The Millions] Jenny Offill Exerts Herself
It’s a Friday afternoon, and Jenny Offill, author of the widely acclaimed 2014 novel Dept. of Speculation, is at her home in the Hudson Valley. She’s speaking via Skype, about to broach the subject of her new novel, Weather (Knopf, Feb.), when her internet goes down. The conversation switches

[Book Forum] “How does one not write a depressing book about depression?”
Mary Cregan’s debut work of nonfiction, The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, is likely shelved in the bookshop’s memoir section. And The Scar does present--with remarkable clarity,

[Book Forum] Novels often let their characters do the work
Unlike television--where every profession is indicated through props, like a cup from Starbucks--novels often let their characters do the work. Work is a fount of material, what with the complaining,

[The Millions] I Wake to Bury You Again: Featured Poetry by Cori A. Winrock
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from Little Envelope of Earth Conditions, the new collection by Cori A. Winrock. Her lines loll with the rhythm of grief: “I wake to bury / you again, stumbling // for the rotary receiver on its vine— / swinging from the wall of a

[Guardian Books Blog] Half of a Yellow Sun is a masterpiece in balancing truth and fiction
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the long-forgotten Biafran war tells a story that feels truthful, but is also clearly a work of fictionLast year, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave the inaugural Gabriel García Márquez lecture and spoke about truth and storytelling. “To start a story, a true

[Book Forum] Kiley Reid on literary caregivers; Jessi Jezewska Stevens reconsiders Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping
At Literary Hub, Such a Fun Age author Kiley Reid reflects /lithub.com/kiley-reid-5-novels-with-incredible-child-caregivers/> on literary caregivers. “The literary nanny must be drawn akin to a ghost,”




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