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[Guardian Books Blog] Paulo Coelho: buy my book after you've read it, and only if you liked it
The Brazilian author is offering two of his works for free and asks readers to pay only if they enjoy them. ‘This idea does not harm the business,’ he saysIn a time of frantic change in the publishing world, it seems as though new ways of reading, buying and selling books are emerging every

[The Millions] Direct Feed
“Exorbitant cost aside, if I can have the complete works of Shakespeare electronically beamed into my brain in under ten minutes, can I really say I’ve experienced Shakespeare? There is something organic about the experience of moving your eyeballs from left to right over an LCD screen in order

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: To confront structural racism
Can racism be stopped in the third grade?

[The Millions] Big Sky
I’ve written before about Literary Enemies, a series at the Ploughshares blog in which two writers are shown to have opposing sensibilities. This week, Lily Meyer argues that Flannery O’Connor and Marilynne Robinson are a worthy addition to the series, as the former contracts narrative space

[Salon Books] We can’t handle the truth: “Primates of Park Avenue,” “On the Run” and nonfiction fact-checking blood baths
Whenever there's a new scandal about fabricated or otherwise dubious material in a celebrated nonfiction book, many people want to know how the author could have been so foolish. Don't writers realize how mercilessly scrutinized their work will be? Haven't they learned from the mistakes of so many

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Rebecca Traister leaves the “New Republic”
At The Guardian, Sophie Elmhirst profiles author and biologist Richard Dawkins, who is on a “global quest to broadcast the wonder of science and the nonexistence of God.” The article presents Dawkins—whose books include The God Delusion and An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a

[The Millions] A Sense of Levitation: On Reading W.G. Sebald
At the end of May 2015, during the first stirrings of the summer, I drove out to Bromley with my son, Dylan, in search of something to read. For some five miles, the road runs through the grey monotony of London’s southernmost suburbs, past stone-clad, semi-detached family homes, beneath drooping

[Guardian Books Blog] New Fifty Shades of Grey book stolen ahead of publication
A manuscript of Grey, EL James’s tale of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele told from the male perspective, has gone missing, with publishers fearing piracy and leaksFifty Shades of Grey author EL James’s forthcoming Grey, the story of the relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Will Pope Francis break the Church?
The most radical part of Francis' papacy is his embrace of the liberalizing principles of Vatican II

[The Millions] The Teacher
Although Jon Fosse is not well known in America, his work is revered in his native Norway, where he stands on a par with his onetime student and American celebrity, Karl Ove Knausgaard. In a piece for The Paris Review Daily, Damion Searls argues for Fosse’s relevance, claiming that Fosse is the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Time to stop
Image perfectly sums up

[The Millions] Numerology
You may have heard that Joshua Cohen has a new book out this week. The Harper’s columnist’s fourth novel tells the story of a ghostwriter producing a tech wizard’s memoirs. In BOMB Magazine, Dan Duray sits down with Cohen, who talks about the book, the Bay Area and the cultural production of

[The Millions] Father’s Day Books for Dads Who Actually Read
Let’s say there’s a father in your life. Maybe you’re married to him. Maybe you’re his child. Maybe he’s just a buddy of yours. Last year, on Father’s Day, you bought him a tie in his favorite colors. The year before that, it was a calfskin wallet, which you’ve noticed he still

[The Millions] Aisle Nine
Recommended Reading: “Voices of the Walmart.”

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: How education policy went astray
Elites hold "conversations" about race, while resegregating our schools

[The Millions] Show and Tell
In theory, the author of a great novel is invisible to the reader, letting her stories and characters speak for themselves. In practice, however, it can help for an author to make herself known, as explained by Tim Parks in this essay. Sample quote: “We have the impression that if someone ever did

[Salon Books] “Brilliant and dangerous”: Anna North’s fictional Sophie Stark uses and discards people to make her vérité films
Anna North is the author of the novels "America Pacifica" and the just-released "The Life and Death of Sophie Stark," but before that, years ago, she was the film critic for a tiny newspaper in California, the Stanford Daily. For this august college publication, she reviewed films such as "Gothika"

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: User Illusions
Joshua Cohen writes a novel for the Facebook age

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Juan Felipe Herrera named new US Poet Laureate
Juan Felipe Herrera, a Mexican-American who was raised by migrant farm workers, has been named the new United States Poet Laureate. Herrera’s work includes Border-Crosser With a Lamborghini Dream and 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border, and the Library of Congress points out that his

[The Millions] Hapworth Revisited: On J.D. Salinger’s Most Inscrutable Short Story
Fifty years ago this month, The New Yorker published a bizarre short story by J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, written in the form of a 28,000-word letter from a seven-year-old child at summer camp. No one could know it at the time, but this story was to mark one of the longest and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Genetically engineering humans isn't so scary
Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared

[The Millions] The Vaguest Designation
“The wish to be a writer, and the will to be one, solve nothing about how you will live, and don’t even solve anything about how you will write. You have given yourself the vaguest designation.” Kristy Eldredge writes for The Rumpus about drawing inspiration from the unconventional

[The Millions] A New Poet Laureate
Meet your new Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Attempt to create
A really big deal

[Salon Books] Colin Quinn on race, comedy and political correctness: “People should stop lying and pretending there’s a racial dialogue”
Maybe Colin Quinn is the last honest man. Or maybe he has a Twitter death wish. His new memoir -- "The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America" -- is smart, funny and brave. Quinn doesn't just touch the third rail of race and comedy; like Flick in "A Christmas Story" he puts his

[The Millions] A Bookish Jurassic Park
Recommended reading: before you head to the theaters for the latest Jurassic Park film, make sure you know the series’s bookish roots.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Political ideas and why they matter
The necessity of morality in politics

[Salon Books] The brilliant magic of “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell”: “I try and grab the audience literally by the eyeballs, and I don’t let go”
BBC America’s “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,” debuting Saturday night, is a seven-part miniseries bringing Susanna Clarke’s novel of the same name to life. It’s an unusual number of installments for an unusual attempt—Clarke’s novel, a bestseller and award-winner here and in its

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jeb Bush’s 1995 “Profiles in Character”
The Huffington Post has dug up Jeb Bush’s 1995 book Profiles in Character, and quotes extensively from a chapter titled “The Restoration of Shame.” There, the former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate argued that “public humiliations” might help deter women from having

[Guardian Books Blog] Birthday boys: how an accident of history links Dante and Yeats
Born almost exactly 600 years apart, these two great poets find themselves woven into 21st-century culture in very different waysDante Alighieri and WB Yeats were born almost exactly 600 years apart, on 13 June 1865 and around late May or early June 1265. If Dante750 and Yeats2015, their anniversary

[The Millions] No, No, Nanette: A Profile
“I recommend that it be buried under a stone for a thousand years.” -Publisher passing on Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (quoted in Rotten Rejections by Andre Bernard) Ruth Nanette, the most powerful book editor you’ve never heard of, had just sent back her poached halibut at

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Defending the faith in the Middle East
Religious competition and involvement of religion in politics isn't novel in the Middle East

[Guardian Books Blog] YOLO Juliet. srsly Hamlet. Macbeth #killingit. Shakespeare goes textspeak
A new series of books for younger readers gives some of the bard’s greatest plays the 21st-century textspeak treatment. If you have FOMO, read on … Related: Mind your slanguage, and don't be an erk. YOLO | Mind your language Shakespeare took Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Giving way
From above, not below

[The Millions] The Book Report: Episode 20: Summer Reading
Welcome to The Book Report presented by The Millions! In this episode, Janet and Mike celebrate the coming of summer by talking about how much they hate reading on the beach, and books they refuse to feel guilty about loving. Discussed in this episode: beaches, Misery by Stephen King, why being a

[The Millions] The Most Evil Children
From the Telegraph, and only four months early for Halloween, comes a list of the most evil children in literature, from Graham Green‘s Pinkie Brown to John Steinbeck‘s Cathy Ames.

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading American cities: books about Honolulu
The most un-American of all American cities is bathed in literary culture. Anisse Gross investigates Hawaiian detective novels and alerts us to stories of Pearl Harbor, examines Hawaii’s oral tradition and sifts through the many writers who spent time on its sands – from marathon correspondent

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Allowing guns
The true cost of gun violence in America

[NYT] Book Review Podcast: ‘Stalin’s Daughter’
Rosemary Sullivan discusses "Stalin's Daughter," Eugenia Cheng talks about "How to Bake Pi" and Judd Apatow on his reading habits.

[Salon Books] “Who are you and why are we f**king?”
I blacked out the first time I got drunk. Before then, I had no idea what a blackout was, and it didn’t seem possible: You could laugh, cry, run up and down the stairs, but the next day, you wouldn’t remember any of it, like a giant eraser had been dragged across your night. Over the following

[Salon Books] Trickle-down’s middle-class massacre: Failure of conservative economics should discredit these bankrupt ideas forever
On April 30, 2012, Edward Conard, a former partner for the financial management company Bain Capital and a multimillionaire who retired at age 51, sat across from Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show," to promote his new book. Conard smiled and stared intently through his black-rimmed glasses as Jon

[Salon Books] The Bible’s racist monstrosities: How the “word of God” has been — and still is — used to oppress
White folks and colored folks, you listen to me. You cannot run over God’s plan and God’s established order without having trouble. God never meant to have one race. It was not His purpose at all. God has a purpose for each race. —BOB JONES SR.Martin Luther King Jr. famously said in 1963,

[The Millions] Ishiguro + Gaiman + Genre
“Why are people so preoccupied? What is genre in the first place? Who invented it? Why am I perceived to have crossed a kind of boundary?” Kazuo Ishiguro and Neil Gaiman discuss The Buried Giant, fantasy and genre for the New Statesman. Pair with our own Lydia

[Salon Books] Dave Eggers on working for justice through oral history: “There wasn’t much that allowed those people to seem fully human”
Some were mysteriously scooped up for crimes they had supposedly committed. Others lived in the ruins of post-Katrina New Orleans. Still others – like the teenager in East Harlem who woke up to find FBI agents with loaded guns in her family’s apartment -- saw parents or spouses dragged away with

[The Millions] “The Realest Language”
Recommended reading: The Awl takes a look at the “attempt to create a completely logical, absolutely universal language,” which goes about as well as you’d expect (read: not very).

[Salon Books] The “rage to master”: What it takes for those scary-smart kids to succeed
One summer evening as a storm approached, Tiffany looked out the kitchen window and saw Taylor darting around the yard placing neutron detectors in trees and on the roof of the two-story backyard shed that the family called the Little House.“I’m looking for neutrons that might-could be generated

[Salon Books] This is how I lost my faith: Science helped, yes — but finally I accepted the holy texts were written by man
Among people who lose faith, I would later learn, many point to scientific knowledge as the catalyst for their changed worldviews. I, too, found much of what I learned troubling. Wherever I turned, I discovered that ideas I had once taken for granted, trusting in rabbis and sacred texts to convey

[Salon Books] Artists are just this screwed: When capitalism markets rebellion, how does the rebel stand outside?
A wordy headline in the New York Times Magazine recently caught my attention: “Distressed jeans turn punk rock’s battered bad attitude into a commodified style for those with the social capital to dress in shreds." Dressing in shreds comes courtesy of Levi’s “Destruction” brand.While

[Salon Books] Heirloom tomatoes’ bizarre evolution: The secret history of the tastiest summer treat
Walking through Chicago’s Green City farmers’ market in the heat of August, it’s hard to overlook the abundance of heirloom tomatoes, in colors ranging from near black to pink or green, filling plastic bins and laid out on tables. Some are small as marbles, others large and lobed, almost like

[Salon Books] “I wish this had never happened to me”: Jonas Salk cured polio, only to be shunned by science
Jonas Salk was suffering under fame’s heavy load.“His life did change immediately with the April announcement,” Darrell later said, “but it just took him time to realize it.” The interruptions and obligations were overt, the altered relationships subtle. People looked at and treated Salk


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