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Top Book Blogs 09/2016

[The Millions] Sour, Obscene, and Obsessed with Saints
“The two worst sins of bad taste in fiction are pornography and sentimentality,” Flannery O’Connor wrote. “One is too much sex and the other too much sentiment. You have to have enough of either to prove your point but no more.” Just enough of either to prove your point. O’Connor’s

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Roger Ailes’s lawyers denounce Gabriel Sherman; Gary Johnson to write book
An upcoming exposé by Gabriel Sherman in New York magazine has Roger Ailes’s lawyers denouncing the writer to the Daily Beast. “Gabe Sherman is a virus, and is too small to exist on his own, and has obviously attached himself to the Ailes family to try to suck the life out of them,” Marc

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Physicists geeking out
Has physics gotten something really important really wrong?

[The Millions] The Stories We Tell
Of more than 23,000 front-page articles that appeared in The New York Times between 1939 and 1945, only 26 were about the Holocaust. Watch a powerful 18-minute mini-documentary about “how and why the genocide of Jews was neglected and euphemised by the Times, and by extension, the American

[The Millions] An Unusual Inheritance
“They were still dressed for the funeral when their inheritance showed up.” Granta magazine has a new short story by Amelia Gray, whose literary rise we considered back in 2012. The post An Unusual Inheritance appeared first on The Millions.

[The Millions] One Book to Rule Them All
“We note that there is a great lack of schoolbooks among secondary pupils, due to their weak purchasing power. The books currently in circulation will remain in use, but for purposes of ‘complementary consultation.’” Mozambique’s Education Minister has announced that with the start of

[The Millions] The Stalker and the Nightgown
“Because I now know that the man who had come to the door was my mother’s stalker, I’ve injected the memory of his arrival at my childhood home with more detail than I actually possess.” From Catapult, the latest installment of “After a Fashion,” writer Esmé Weijun

[The Millions] A Home at the End of the World
“I’m not paranoid, I’m really not.” The Washington Post has a profile of the so-called American Redoubt, an area of the Pacific Northwest populated by doomsday preppers. Pair with our own Emily St. John Mandel‘s reading list of five can’t-miss apocalyptic

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: All it takes
An obsession with "clouds" and "shadows"

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Federal Management Q&A: Most Important Advice

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Creating pets
The first domesticated animals may have been tamed twice

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The same thing
Appeal without talking

[The Millions] We Do Not Know Her Real Name
Today in 1773, 20-year-old Phillis Wheatley became the first published African-American author of a book of poetry. Pair with our own Ed Simon‘s case for the candidacy of her work as national epic. The post We Do Not Know Her Real Name appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: France on the brink
Does French culture have a future?

[The Millions] American Appetites: A Fiction Review in Three Courses
Three recent works, an updating of a Franz Kafka story, a rambunctious saga, and a cautionary tale about the home-wrecking potential of home-buying provided my reading sustenance this summer. Each is predominantly about appetite — for food, sex, fame, money, adventure — and its

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The “New York Times” unites books coverage; Finalists for First Novel Prize announced
The New York Times books section and the paper’s Sunday Book Review will no longer be separate entities. On the Recode Media podcast, Assistant Masthead Editor Clifford Levy said, “We have to be willing to try new things, and if they fail, that’s fine.” The two teams will be merged under the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What matters most on immigration policy
What was so shocking about Trump's immigration speech?

[The Millions] Book Readin’
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that the share of Americans who have read a book in the last 12 months – 73% – has remained largely unchanged since 2012. And when people do reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product. See also our essay

[The Millions] Let Us Praise James Agee
“Every sense cleared about three hundred percent and stood up on its hind legs waving its feelers.” Eighty years ago, James Agee got an assignment that entered him into history, though not during his lifetime. Let us now celebrate Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. See also: our essay on famous

[The Millions] Dude You’re Ready
“I started zoning out a little. My eyes drifted over toward my cat. Mr. Patterson pulled me right back in by saying, ‘Once you have the outline, start writing dude, you’re ready.’ It was that dude that woke me.” At The Awl, Patrick Hoffman reviews James Patterson’s MasterClass on

[The Millions] Hashtag No Filter
“How are their vacations? Do they inspire envy in a way that’s beguiling, or merely crass? Are they eating in the right places?” In the past year, 30 billion photographs were uploaded to Instagram; 80 million go up every day. On the iPhone as camera lucida. Related: the pornification

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Votes of No Confidence
A philosopher argues that only some people should get to elect our leaders

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The other way
Yet another non-scandal

[The Millions] I Prefer Not To
Just in time for Labor Day, Electric Literature has a list of 11 lousy jobs from literature that will make you feel better about your own; or you could celebrate the long weekend by writing a novel in three days, like they do in Canada. The post I Prefer Not To appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Meet Alona Frankel - author of Girl - YouTube

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The scholarly publishing industry
Who's downloading pirated papers?

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Meet Alona Frankel - author of Girl

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: It's the only way
The will and the intellect

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: History is alive and well, and matters more than ever
Does history make sense?

[The Millions] Heineken Price is Going to Double
“A classic hustler and survivor … a type who never starts revolutions but who always figures out how to benefit from whatever the New Order is.” Some dispatches from a punk tour of the Balkans by Franz Nicolay, who may or may not be an asshole, big time. The post Heineken Price is Going to

[The Millions] The High Price
Recommended Reading: On Patricia Highsmith, Carol, and being the queer daughter of a queer mother: “I am doomed to die an ugly death or at least to be separated from my partner, probably violently. So is my queer mother and my partner and my cousin and many of my friends. We are all doomed, it

[The Millions] Give Me a Break
It’s Labor Day weekend, a perfect time relax and center yourself after a particularly boring work week. What better way than with this helpful (and hilarious) collection of stress-relieving adult-coloring-book pages of things that stress you out, including everything from Taylor Swift and

[Salon Books] David Lynch in conversation: “It’s ignorance that keeps us in that boat of suffering”
David Lynch (Credit: Getty/Kevin Winter) David Lynch’s book “Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity” has become an iconic record of the director’s commitment to meditation, his feelings about Hollywood and his working style as an artist. TarcherPerigee has

[The Millions] Skirmishing With the Eminati
Look out, Darwin — Wolfe’s coming for you. Tom Wolfe’s new book, The Kingdom of Speech, which we reviewed a couple of days ago, takes aim at Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky: “Like an industrial engineer who also makes bespoke dueling pistols in his shed on the weekends, Mr.

[The Millions] Brittle Bird Bones
Recommended Reading: This unsettling, important essay by Kira Jane Buxton at The Rumpus: “He starts to move with a slow hiss. This is his place, his world, and so when he walks he does it slowly, time in his pockets. He keeps his eyes on me, keeps me in my place in his world. I can’t hold

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump and the politics of fear
Is Hillary Clinton's alt-Right strategy an act of genius?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Just getting started
The dumbest one yet

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Our working lives
The decline in unions has hurt nonunion workers too

[Book Forum] VIDEO: AMERICA THE ANXIOUS: Happiness in the Workplace

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Serious questions
No direct ties

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The world is getting more religious
Understanding religion, governing religion

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Davies; Koch; Roy; Cardenas; Butler; O’Neil; McWhorter; le Carré; Shetterly; Boggs; Hochschild; Foer
Out this week: The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies; Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch; Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy; The Revolutionaries Try Again by Mauro Javier Cardenas; Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler; Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil; Words on the Move by John McWhorter; The

[The Millions] Chance Operations at the Hospice Luis Plaza Dañin
I (like to) believe that in the year 2002, when I started to write my first novel, The Revolutionaries Try Again, I approached English, my second language, as a system that, through minor detonations of syntax, could be restructured to accommodate my preoccupations. Constraining the use of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The American vision of liberal education
America's business majors are in desperate need of a liberal-arts education

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Roger Ailes considers legal action against “New York” magazine
Gabriel Sherman’s long-expected deep dive into the sexual harassment allegations against former Fox News President Roger Ailes went live this weekend. Sherman, the author of the book The Loudest Voice in the Room, chronicles Ailes’s career trajectory—defined by ”his volcanic temper,

[The Millions] The Spy Who Wrote a Memoir
The Guardian has a beautiful multimedia feature in celebration of John le Carré‘s new memoir, The Pigeon Tunnel, including an exclusive excerpt, original notes from the author’s archives, and readings of his novels by Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Damien Lewis et al. Read also:

[The Millions] Making History at the Hugos
“To some degree, as I move outside of the exclusive genre audience, the exclusive genre issues don’t bother me as much.” The Atlantic talks with N.K. Jemisin, the first black writer to win speculative fiction’s Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Fifth Season. We wrote about

[The Millions] Liminal Literature
Vol. 1 Brooklyn‘s Tobias Carroll presents a roundup of the best new literature blurring the lines between writing and the visual arts, including works that made cameos in Paul Auster‘s Leviathan and Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth. We reviewed the latter novel a year ago

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A striking change
About as clear cut as they get

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: The Gritterati
A former brat pack sensation rails against her uncharmed life.

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