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[Guardian Books Blog] What's your new year's reading resolution?
Last year I opted to explore women writers and the results were life-changing. So what’ll it be for you this year? More classics? More BAME writers?You’ve overdone it, again; gorged yourself on titular girls and titanium men, left that set of Penguin classics to stand untouched on the shelf. The

[Guardian Books Blog] Love's Work: Gillian Rose's fiercely forthright life force
The philosopher’s laconic, lyrical memoir displays an unsettling yet wholly inspirational vigour in the face of life-threatening diseaseThe founding act of defiance for the philosopher Gillian Rose seems, by her own account, to have been against dyslexia. The discovery early on “that the desert

[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 blog,

[The Millions] God Talk
1. We sat in a semicircle with Dorothy in the center, an open copy of the Good News Bible on her lap. She wore a t-shirt with “Maine” printed below an image of a fly fisherman. He’d hooked a trout but the fish was twice his size. I tried to understand how that was possible. I’d seen shows on

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Are we living in Thomas More's Utopia?
Proof that life is getting better for humanity

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: BuzzFeed editor warns of more sophisticated fake news; Simon & Schuster will publish “Dangerous” despite backlash
In a year-end memo to staff, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith warned that “fake news will become more sophisticated, and . . . will spread widely.” Smith also noted that the problem can be found on both sides of the political spectrum, as in the case of a highly embellished story of a Jewish

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trade policy after Trump
The truth about trade agreements

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Italy to Lord by Jane Draycott
This gentle, subtle reflection on a child’s-eye view of an encyclopedia’s exotic secrets is also a vision of a lost worldItaly to LordIt’s dark in here and forest green: Britannica,sixteen oak trees in a London living room,the little girl, my mother, in the bookcase glass.Italy, Ithaca,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In the US election
The ongoing ride of Don Quixote in American politics

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Margo Jefferson: 2016 National Book Festival

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Start approaching headlines
Take a hit

[The Millions] Trololololol
“They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened.” Talking Points Memo reports that Simon & Schuster is moving forward with plans to publish a book by Breitbart News editor and white nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos, whose extended

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump's behavior regarding Russia is very weird
Putin won 2016, but Russia has its limits as a superpower

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Liberalism and truth
Can liberal values be absolute, or is that a contradiction?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The ethics of big data
Data populists must seize our information

[Salon Books] Salon’s author questionnaire: 5 books to start your new year off right
(Credit: Deckle Edge//Scribner/Graywolf Press) For the first wave of new books to come out in 2017, I posed a series of questions — with, as always, a few verbal restrictions — to five authors with new books: Kris D’Agostino (“The Antiques”), Derek B. Miller (“The Girl in

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Remembering John Berger; Inside Jonathan Lethem’s archives
Critic and novelist John Berger—whose influential works include About Looking, The Shape of a Pocket, and G—has died at the age of ninety. For those new to Berger’s work—or anyone looking to experience his particular genius—the BBC series Ways of Seeing is worth watching. In The Guardian,

[Guardian Books Blog] The Carhullan Army: a near-future struggle that feels all too close
The shifting climate and authoritarian politics of Sarah Hall’s 2007 novel seem alarmingly familiar 10 years onLooking back at it now, The Carhullan Army seems even more timely, more urgent than when it was first published 10 years ago. The casual brutality of Sarah Hall’s faceless Authority,

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Adiga; Raymond; Ruskovich; Peacock; Williams; Gay
Out this week: Selection Day by Aravind Adiga; Freebird by Jon Raymond; Idaho by Emily Ruskovich; The Analyst by Molly Peacock; Falling Ill by C.K. Williams; and Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Adiga; Raymond; Ruskovich; Peacock; Williams; Gay

[The Millions] The Right Book at the Right Time
For well over a year people have been trying to make me read A Little Life. I will not. I believe them when they say that it’s good, and that they loved it, and what an epically harrowing experience the whole thing is. Still. Can’t do it. Don’t want to. Don’t even know why I don’t want

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: On John Berger's Understanding a Photograph
When the writer and painter John Berger won the Booker Prize in 1972—for his novel G., about sex, loneliness, a failed revolution, and the imminent devastation of the First World War—he rather famously donated half of his award money to the Black Panthers. On the political spectrum of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The most disruptive phase of globalization
We must rethink globalization, or Trumpism will prevail

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Understanding a Photograph by John Berger
Critic and novelist John Berger died on Monday at the age of ninety. Here, from his introduction to a recent edition of Berger's Understanding a Photograph, Geoff Dyer considers the seminal critic's deep engagement with the medium.

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks with Judith E. Stein
Judith E, Stein's book Eye of the Sixties: Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art examines the life of the art dealer who founded the fabled Green Gallery and was an early champion of artists including Mark di Suvero, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, and Donald Judd

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald is January's choice
This month’s ‘beautiful masterpiece’ comes garlanded with lavish endorsements, so there should be much to enjoyFollowing our vote last week, Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Blue Flower has emerged as this month’s reading group choice – just. It’s been a painfully close-run thing, with The

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: President Trump will be a disaster
Many in U.S. skeptical Trump can handle presidential duties

[The Millions] John Berger, In Memoriam
The British critic, essayist, and novelist John Berger died yesterday at his home in France, reports The New York Times. Probably best known for his book of art-criticism-as-philosophy Ways of Seeing, which was turned into a popular BBC series and sold more than a million copies, Berger also won

[Book Forum] VIDEO: David Rolf, "The Fight for Fifteen: The Right Wage for a Working America"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: More widely known
Lending support

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Liberal democracy is facing its worst crisis since the 1930s
How democracies fall apart

[The Millions] How About Hairballs
“For about 15 years, every time I had a really good dance party that went late, with people lolling around drunk and exhausted, at about 2 a.m., I would hand out paper and ask everyone to draw a vomiting cat. . . . I ended up with an incredibly thick file of drawings, some by people who went on to

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Race in Trump's America
Black Lives Matter has a plan for the age of Trump

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: “Writers Resist” to hold events across the US; Nicholas Thompson named editor in chief of “Wired”
On January 15th, the organization Writers Resist will be holding events around the US, as authors band together to promote democracy. A reading on the steps of The New York Public Library will feature Andrew Solomon, Masha Gessen, Robert Pinsky, and Rita Dove, and local events are being organized

[Guardian Books Blog] Mikhail Bulgakov's The Heart of a Dog still bites
This satire of life in the early years of the Soviet Union cost its author dear at the time and it has not lost its provocative powerMikhail Bulgakov was 33 years old, a former doctor and an up-and-coming playwright and short-story writer when he invited a group of people to a reading of his new

[The Millions] Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview
Although 2016 has gotten a bad rap, there were, at the very least, a lot of excellent books published. But this year! Books from George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Hari Kunzru, J.M. Coetzee, Rachel Cusk, Jesmyn Ward?  A lost manuscript by Claude McKay? A novel by Elif Batuman? Short stories by Penelope

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A new era of corruption begins
House GOP faceplant on ethics coup shows public shame still matters

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Political philosophy help us understand the story of inequality
How do we learn to value fairness for its own sake?

[Salon Books] Remembering John Berger: The English art critic helped bring ideas to TV
John Berger (Credit: Verso) For those of us who’d hoped that the year’s conclusion would mark the end of the steady stream of deaths in music and the arts, the news was a grim reminder: The year 2017 will break your heart again and again, just like 2016 did. But the death of John Berger, the

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A new beat
The deep contradictions

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump and the paradox of populist government
Denying Trump and Trumpism the cultural approval they crave is an important statement

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Europe and its crisis
As the far-Right surges, the contradictions on the Left may prove to be irreconcilable

[Guardian Books Blog] Rabbit, Run is about a rebel we all know
John Updike’s disappointed young man dreams of escaping a workaday existence in a way that’s still familiar nearly 60 years onHarry “Rabbit” Angstrom, John Updike’s protagonist in Rabbit, Run, isn’t a freedom fighter or an intellectual. He’s not even particularly oppressed. What he is

[The Millions] Staring into the Soundless Dark: On the Trouble Lurking in Poets’ Bedrooms
1. One of the most celebrated and terrifying poems of the second half of the 20th century — and one of poetry’s great treatments of insomnia — is Philip Larkin’s “Aubade.” The 1977 poem describes an experience all of us have at some point, that of waking up much earlier than

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Politics must be seized by women
Will Hillary Clinton's loss discourage a new generation of women from running for office?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The most anticipated books of 2017; Medium cuts staff
The Millions has posted their comprehensive preview of the “most anticipated” books coming out in the first half of 2017, with titles by Roxane Gay, Rachel Cusk, Aravind Adgia, Elif Batuman, Ali Smith, Percival Everett, and many more. Medium, the web publishing service, has announced that they

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: To explain Trumpism
If you bought into the whole "drain the swamp" nonsense, I have some very bad news for you

[The Millions] Ghosts in the Stacks
A voracious reader named “Chuck Finley” was such a prolific library patron that he singlehandedly increased a Florida branch’s circulation by 3.9%. But there’s a problem: he’s not real. (h/t Kirstin Butler.) The post Ghosts in the Stacks appeared first on The Millions.

[Guardian Books Blog] Hull is a worthy UK City of Culture – whatever Alan Bennett says
The Leeds-born author has said he is struggling to see Hull as City of Culture. So what of its literary figures Philip Larkin, Andrew Marvell and Stevie Smith?“I know it sounds awful,” said Alan Bennett in a Guardian interview in October, “but I find it quite difficult to take the notion of

[The Millions] Now I know my þ, ƿ, œs
There used to be 32 letters in the English alphabet, but that seems quaint when you consider the fact that iPhone users have access to 1,767 unique emoji. Then again, as Gretchen McCulloch explains, emoji aren’t exactly a dire threat to the written word. The post Now I know my þ, ƿ, œs

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