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Top Book Blogs 05/2016

[Salon Books] We are all just this screwed: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and our muddled, perverted democracy
The consensus is not complete, but it will be soon enough. Bernie Sanders is not going to make it, as some of us forecast many months ago (and as a lot of Hillary Clinton supporters, having pitifully diminished aspirations, assumed from the first). The dream now being all but definitively over, we

[Salon Books] Bernie is the hero of 2016: Just because he’s losing the nomination doesn’t mean he’s failed
Since Hillary Clinton’s triumphant Tuesday, in which she won four out of the five state primaries and padded her delegate lead — almost ensuring her the Democratic nomination for president — the Bernie Sanders campaign has noticeably adjusted its tone, hinting, as the New York

[Salon Books] The Obama economy on May Day: “It could have been worse” isn’t nearly enough
It’s the weekend of May Day, a holiday with ancient roots and a modern history that is celebrated around the globe to honor both the international labor movement and the annual rebirth of the natural world. Or rather, a holiday celebrated around the globe in every country but one. You get exactly

[Salon Books] Love is the mother of all addictions: Compelling as nicotine and heroin — and just as hard to kick
“I got it bad for you, girl, but I don’t need a cure. I’ll just stay addicted and hope I can endure all the good love…” —“Hooked on a Feeling” Sometimes when I think of love, my mind floats back to a scene from my high school geometry class. My young teacher is projecting elegant

[Salon Books] Greed, inequality, abortion: The powerful take what they can, leave mothers with nothing
Spontaneous abortion, also known as miscarriage, is an ordinary but important part of normal reproduction—one of several ways that nature promotes healthy babies that grow up to have babies of their own. But among the caribou of northern Alberta and the orcas of the Pacific Northwest, abortion

[Salon Books] Donald Trump is making America hate again: This is why his racist rhetoric is so pernicious
Luis is an upper-middle-class American-born Latino. When I interviewed him in 2008, he told me he had spent long hours, and a substantial amount of money, restoring a classic Chevy truck. One day, clad in grease-stained work clothes, Luis decided to take the truck for a test drive around his

[The Millions] Human Complications
“Complacencies of the peignoir, and late / Coffee and oranges in a sunny chair, / And the green freedom of a cockatoo / Upon a rug mingle to dissipate / The holy hush of ancient sacrifice. / She dreams a little, and she feels the dark / Encroachment of that old catastrophe, / As a calm

[Salon Books] Dear God, let this primary season end: What to expect from Tuesday’s (already thoroughly bizarre) Indiana contests
First, the good news: We are very nearly to the end of this exhausting, enervating primary season. Only 10 states have not yet voted, plus (on the Democratic side), the District of Columbia and a couple of territories. And about half of the remaining states all vote on one day, June 7.  Just a few

[Salon Books] Get sick, get sued: Nebraska’s poor have never had it worse
Two years ago, the president of Credit Management Services, a collection agency in Grand Island, Nebraska, presented a struggling local family with the keys to a used 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis. To commemorate the donation, the company held a ceremony that concluded outside its offices, where the

[The Millions] If You Can Dream
In today’s installment of “The Unpopular Opinion,” Malcom Jones for The Daily Beast thinks that it’s high time that we let Rudyard Kipling out of the penalty box. Jones argues that, while Kipling may have written a lot of “jingoistic trash,” to judge

[Salon Books] Google’s new media apocalypse: How the search giant wants to accelerate the end of the age of websites
On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported something that, in hindsight, was completely inevitable: Google is rolling out a feature that allows media companies to publish material directly on its platform. From the Journal report: Google is experimenting with a new feature that allows marketers,

[Salon Books] The movement to end mass incarceration is still too weak to win big
Once upon a time (last year), there was purportedly growing bipartisan consensus in Congress that mass incarceration needed to end. The resulting criminal justice reform legislation, however, ran into big trouble thanks to opposition from unreconstructed anti-crime warriors in the mold of

[The Millions] Beauty In Things Exists
Recommended Reading: On Scottish philosopher David Hume and cultivating an effective philosophy which “understands the world in which it operates.” The post Beauty In Things Exists appeared first on The Millions.

[Salon Books] “Your hair is so white, it tried to punch me at a Trump rally”: 10 best lines from Larry Wilmore’s scathing White House Correspondents’ Dinner monologue
Last night, “The Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore delivered the traditional roast/monologue at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, also known as Nerd Prom, because I guess Wolf Blitzer and Kerry Washington are “nerds,” just like every supermodel who likes “Star Wars” is, too.

[Salon Books] Why we can’t reform our cops: Race, guns and the failure to police the police
On April 4, 2015, a black man, Walter Scott, was shot dead by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager following a routine traffic stop for a defective brake light. Scott fled on foot, possibly because he was afraid of going to jail for failing to make child support payments. A video taken by

[The Millions] Chernobyl’s Literary Legacy
When Belarusian investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize earlier this year, her horrifying and poetic book Voices From Chernobyl exposed a great many readers to the Chernobyl disaster. Now, this piece from The Atlantic takes a look at Chernobyl’s literary legacy over

[Salon Books] “Veep”’s exquisite edge: A profane catharsis for the nastiest presidential election in memory
By chance, one of the funniest, harshest shows on TV – HBO’s “Veep,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus – recently started its fifth season as one of the funniest, harshest presidential races in history heats up. There are enough parallels: Selina Meyer, the vice president who became

[The Millions] Felt Time
“As phenomenological philosophy has determined, self-consciousness is not a mental state that is added on to our experience, or that is particular; rather, it is a feature inherent in all experience. My perception contains me.” Send your Sunday into an existential tailspin with German

[Salon Books] Why it’s impossible to actually be a vegetarian
In case you’ve forgotten the section on the food web from high school biology, here’s a quick refresher. Plants make up the base of every food chain of the food web (also called the food cycle). Plants use available sunlight to convert water from the soil and carbon dioxide from the air into

[Bookslut] The Cowboy Bible and Other Stories by Carlos Velázquez, translated by Achy Obejas
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[Bookslut] Into Hope
There is a moment in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, by Susanna Clarke, when the two magicians of the title attempt to gain the attention of the founder of English magic, the Raven King, thought lost to history. The moment...

[Bookslut] The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson
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[Bookslut] Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires by Dominic Ziegler
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[Salon Books] White isn’t a neutral color: “Doctor Strange,” Tilda Swinton and the “unwinnable” diversity argument
In a recent interview, “Doctor Strange” screenwriter C. Robert Cargill insisted that the casting of the iconic the Ancient One was “absolutely unwinnable.” Asked by the hosts of the Double Toasted podcast about the decision to cast Tilda Swinton as a traditionally Asian character,

[Salon Books] Jen Kirkman speaks the truth: On casual sexism, comedy, feminism, the real work of relationships, and why your job won’t save you
Jen Kirkman’s new memoir opens with a line you might not expect from a stand-up comedian who jokes mercilessly in her recent Netflix special, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (and I Feel Fine),” about turning 40 and discovering her own gray pubic hairs. For context, here’s a quote

[Bookslut] He Wants by Alison Moore
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[Bookslut] Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert H Frank
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[Bookslut] An Interview with Anne Boyd Rioux
Earlier this year, two of Anne Boyd Rioux's projects came to fruition at the same time -- specifically on February 29 -- with the publications of Miss Grief and Other Stories by Constance Fenimore Woolson and Constance Fenimore Woolson:...

[Salon Books] Our “Game of Thrones” fantasy: Democracy is almost nonexistent in Westeros—and we like it that way
The 6th season of “Game of Thrones” is off to a strong start; ratings are high, and fans are enjoying the show’s unfolding narrative of graphic intrigue, infighting, and incest. No-one knows how the game will end, but one thing is for certain. Amidst all the bloodshed, backstabbing,

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: An Oral History of ‘The Wire’
Former Grantland writer Jonathan Abrams—whose books include Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution—has announced that he is at work on an oral history of the TV show The Wire. Don DeLillo, whose Zero K was published last week, granted

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Karan Mahajan talks with Adam Ehrlich Sachs
That Adam Ehrlich Sachs's caustic and absurdist story collection is being released in time for Father's Day resembles nothing more than a joke you might find in the collection itself. Sachs, who is thirty and has written for Hollywood, is a newcomer to fiction, but it's hard to imagine a more

[Salon Books] Don’t say Bernie’s revolution is dead: Why the real work of making change in America starts now
It happened slowly and quietly, but for the last 50 years or so, since Lyndon Johnson’s devastating 1964 landslide victory over Barry Goldwater, the conservative movement and the Republican Party has managed to successfully infiltrate government at every level, from the school board on up.

[Salon Books] The Benghazi slow-walk: How to drag out an investigation for maximum political impact
At some point over the next few months, the House Select Committee on Benghazi will release its final report and we’ll finally get to see what committee chair Trey Gowdy and his pals have been up to these past two years. It’s been difficult to suss out precisely what the committee has been doing

[Salon Books] Bernie Sanders is not a sore loser: Our democracy is screwed unless we fix the unfair rules
Mainstream coverage of the Bernie Sanders campaign tends to suggest that they were falsely blaming voting fraud for their loss.  In the establishment narrative that describes Sanders as an unrealistic candidate that has no chance of actually winning, there seems almost no possibility that any

[Salon Books] “A lot of things that seem simple aren’t so simple”: Seymour Hersh on the untold story of Osama bin Laden killing and the way Washington — and the media — really work
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh broke the story of the My Lai massacre in 1969. He was the first to report the atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison, back in 2004. Hersh’s most recent break threatens to blur the boundary between investigative reporting and conspiracy theory. The story, published

[Salon Books] How Donald Trump always gets away with it: He’s more like Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter than a politician
Within moments of Donald Trump trotting out his “woman card” rant, comparisons were being made to Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” moment.  Romney’s gaffe took place during the third presidential debate of the 2012 election when he was asked how he would handle workplace inequality

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Yangtze by Sarah Howe
An elliptical account of a journey down the Chinese river subtly registers the impact of massive environmental damageYangtzeThe moon glimmersin the brown channel.Strands of mistwrap the mountainsidescrowded with firs. Related: Poetry, music and identity with Sarah Howe, Emmy the Great and Solomon OB

[The Millions] Going Places No One Else Goes: The Millions Interviews Pamela Erens
I’ve been following Pamela Erens’s work since her debut in 2007. With each novel, her reputation has grown; I admit that I expected her new book to land on my doorstep with a resounding thud — the sound of a weighty third novel announcing its author has arrived. The actual

[Salon Books] 5 worst right-wing moments of the week — Carly Fiorina makes America’s collective skin crawl
The week was overflowing with right-wing assholery mixed with a generous dollop of buffoonery. As Trump’s inevitability grew stronger, he launched his sexist Hillary-bashing campaign in earnest. He also very presidentially described John Kasich’s eating habits as “disgusting,” one of his

[Salon Books] Debunked myth that Saddam created ISIS continues to be spread by Iraq War-supporting scholars like Amatzia Baram
Some myths just won’t die. Thirteen years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq — which the U.N. explicitly said was illegal — supporters of the disastrous war continue to peddle the myth that secular Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein bears responsibility for the rise of extremist groups like ISIS.

[Salon Books] Donald Trump is an imperialist thug: Stop saying he’s less hawkish than Hillary Clinton!
The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd officially weighed in on the probable general election match-up this past week-end with her standard take on everything: politics as a never-ending battle between macho men, effeminate boys and masculine girls. Normally this breaks down for Dowd as the

[Salon Books] “Game Of Thrones” recap: Familiar faces return—and a few depart for good
The following is a recap of the “Game of Thrones” episode “Home,” and it contains spoilers galore.  It’s a little counterintuitive that an episode with one of the biggest plot reveals of the television season is also one that feels most anticlimactic. As welcome as the reveal of

[Salon Books] Paul Krugman: If you want to feel better about America, go to Europe
In his Monday New York Times column, Paul Krugman sang the praises of an America that will eventually, in his mind, have Hillary Clinton deposited in the White House. “I’d love to see Europe emerge from its funk,” Krugman wrote from Portugal. “The world needs more vibrant

[Salon Books] Watch Carly Fiorina fall off the stage after introducing Ted Cruz as “your next President of the United States”
For the second time this Republican presidential primary cycle, Carly Fiorina has fallen from her perch at the number two spot — but this time, more than her poll numbers are plummeting, as the already failed presidential candidate actually fell off the stage Sunday after introducing her

[Bookslut] Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
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[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The resurgence of post-9/11 surveillance culture
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[Salon Books] Lindsey Graham: If Trump wins the GOP “civil war,” there will be “another 9/11″
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday and declared that if Donald Trump is elected, his foreign policy would “lead to another 9/11.” Graham acknowledged that there’s a “civil war” going on within the Republican

[Salon Books] Ted Cruz: “It’s people who are the predators,” not the “transgendered”
Texas Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz appeared on “Meet the Press” Sunday and attempted to walk back some of the more horrible statements he’s made about the LGBTQ community — but because he’s still Ted Cruz, he failed. “If you pass a law

[Bookslut] Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldaña París, translated by Christina MacSweeney
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[Salon Books] Newt Gingrich’s Facebook live stream is everyone’s grandpa on social media
Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is making good use of Facebook live stream. He’s live streamed from Europe, from his office and while on the road. But sometimes, mastering technology can be rough. Watch our video for every must-see moment.

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