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Top Book Blogs 03/2017 (Page 4)

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump has already hurt American democracy
Someone looking at the United States would have to be worried about democratic failure

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Invitation to a Rereading
Elif Batuman's novel explores college mishaps, e-mail romance, and the art of writerly seduction

[Salon Books] WATCH: Baby boomers, it’s all your fault!
Baby boomers aren’t happy with Bruce Cannon Gibney. The author’s been getting a lot of angry mail since his new book, “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America,” came out earlier this month. In his book, Gibney claims that much of the generation

[The Millions] Abortion and Fiction
God has strong opinions on reproductive rights, at least according to many Americans.  Our new vice president, who “made a commitment to Christ [as] a born-again, evangelical Catholic,” led a frontal assault on reproductive rights as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  As

[Guardian Books Blog] Why are there so few novels about Aids these days?
Fewer and fewer authors are addressing this cruel disease, but depictions of life with Aids – particularly non-white stories – are rare in an already slim canonIn Tim Murphy’s recent novel Christodora, Hector Villanueva, an Aids activist, looks back on his life’s work. Addicted to crystal

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Bannon's vision of the world
Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon has the EU in his cross hairs

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Indigenizing futures
Why does political science hate American Indians?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jami Attenberg on memoir-style fiction; Amanda Hess on the morality of “Missing Richard Simmons”
The shortlist for the 2017 Wellcome Prize has been released. Nominees include Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene, and David France’s How to Survive a Plague. The winner will be announced in April. Harvard professor Jane Kamensky has been awarded the New York

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The politics of health
The GOP health plan is an act of class warfare by the rich against the poor

[Salon Books] WATCH: “When you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person”
There is a quote from “In A Different Key: The Story of Autism” that really speaks to the core issue raised by that book. “More and more, a new impulse has taken hold, the impulse to recognize the different among us as part of us, and to root for their full participation in the

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Tuesday Monica Youn: Poetry & Law

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Risking everything
This can't end well

[The Millions] Some Necessary French Pessimism
Over the past few months, bookstores have seen a spike in the sale of dystopian novels. George Orwell’s 1984 reached the top of Amazon’s bestseller list in January, followed soon after by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Predictably, this news was fox chased by trend piece writers

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Plan to starve the foreign policy establishment
A weaker State Department could cause problems for national defense

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Yes, Trump scammed many of his working-class supporters
Why I'll never sympathize with regretful Trump voters

[Guardian Books Blog] London book fair: not so common deal for Jarvis Cocker as publishers chase Britpop stars
Ex-Pulp frontman’s book on creativity heads for six-figure deal, while Suede’s Brett Anderson memoir is also signedTwo of Britpop’s biggest stars staged a comeback at this year’s London Book Fair, led by Jarvis Cocker. Bidding for a six-page book proposal by the ex-Pulp frontman had passed

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Relevant to comparative philosophy
Are SOAS students right to "decolonise" their minds from western philosophers?

[Salon Books] Dying, with a lifetime of literature 
(Credit: Shutterstock/Penguin/Salon) When I was diagnosed with a terminal illness, I was determined to not let the disease define me. With the exception of one fundraiser, I declined offers to give talks, blog, or even write a narrative essay about my struggles with the debilitating symptoms of

[The Millions] American Contrasts: Poe and Emerson
It’s hard to imagine two more different temperaments than those of Edgar Allan Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson, contemporaries who, even in their own lifetimes, were conceived in opposite terms: darkness and light, illness and health, extreme depression and unbridled optimism, self-destruction

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Trump ethical swamp
Ivanka Trump is complicit in her dad's mission to get rich at the US's expense

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The playacting that constitutes contemporary conservatism
With Trump comes a truly illiberal conservatism

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Kevin Young named poetry editor of the “New Yorker”; Women writers on abuse in the literary world
Kevin Young will take over for Paul Muldoon as the poetry editor of the New Yorker. Young is currently the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and will start working at the New Yorker in November, when Muldoon officially steps down. The two will also collaborate on an

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Kristin Hannah: 2016 National Book Festival

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Distinct traces
Ready to redefine success

[The Millions] An Inside Job: Lessons from Watergate for the Trump Era
On October 19, 1972, four months after the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters that set off the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon’s chief of staff, H.R. “Bob” Haldeman, gave the president some shocking news on the source of a series of damaging stories in The Washington

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Scientists show signs of a political pulse
Republicans' war on science just got frighteningly real

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Donald Trump's highly abnormal presidency
Trump isn't actually running anything

[The Millions] The League of Extraordinary Critics
Before the summer onslaught of comic book movies featuring X-Men, Avengers and Justice Leaguers, let us pay homage to a cadre of merely human, though still valiant, book critics who have attained something like superhero status themselves. Though they adopted radically different methods, and were

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Trump-Russia story
"As close to Benedict Arnold as we're ever going to get"

[The Millions] Go Figure
Our friends at Bloom launched a new feature, “Go Figure,” which seeks to “explore the portrayal of mathematics and science in fiction and literature … to uncover … deeply emotional and naturally creative connections.” The post Go Figure appeared first on The

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump's budget blueprint is a war
Trump's budget would turn the US into a heavily-guarded shitpile

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s budget blueprint is a war
Trump’s budget would turn the US into a heavily-guarded shitpile

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: “Americanah” wins One Book, One New York; Albertine announces new literary prize
Slate editorial staff voted yesterday to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. Columbia Journalism Review reports that over 90 percent of the website’s writers and editors have signed union cards. The vote comes after two leaders of the drive to unionize were laid off last month. At

[Guardian Books Blog] London book fair: UK publishers cheerfully splash cash as sales rise
Decline of reality-TV and soap-star memoirs greeted with glee, but publishers say it’s time to turn the page on Gone Girl-style ‘grip-lit’On the eve of the London book fair, publishers were excited by news that sales of physical books were up for the second year in a row – 7% more than in

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Daniel Dennett: "From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Early lesson
Now, more than ever

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Refugee and immigration ban
Stayed or not, Trump's ban highlights the need for strong immigrant rights

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Bunga-bunga policy, or no policy at all
Is Trump trying to fail so he can blame everyone else when things go to hell while he remains a populist hero?

[The Millions] Sense and Senility
What kind of writer would Jane Austen have been if she’d lived beyond her forties? We can never know, but Freya Johnston has some ideas. The post Sense and Senility appeared first on The Millions.

[The Millions] Boiled Down
“Like reading, love works in roughly the same way every time, but the details of any given case are irreducibly particular, and it’s in the details that everything happens.” Lidija Haas on Elif Batuman’s debut novel, The Idiot. (You could also read our review

[Salon Books] WATCH: Baby boomer politicians have got to go
Bruce Cannon Gibney’s new book “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America,” suggests that the millennial generation has inherited the insolvent and selfish ways of their parents, the baby boomers. In his book, Gibney claims that much of the generation born between

[Salon Books] The power of ordinary people facing totalitarianism
(Credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) In the weeks since the election of President Donald J. Trump, sales of George Orwell’s “1984” have skyrocketed. But so have those of a lesser-known title, “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” by a German Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt. “The

[The Millions] The Eternal Struggle
“I bet you can relate. Always another crisis, always more costs to keep down. It’s hard to find time for yourself, you know? But the president of the United States should be able to read a book when he wants to. Or at least look at one. Maybe I could just look at this book for a

[Salon Books] Eat (like) the rich: Our celebrity cookbook obsessions, ourselves
(Credit: Getty/Jason Merritt/Matthew Simmons/Frazer Harrison/Salon) “That looks like a nice healthy lunch,” a female colleague said. We were having a working meal, and I’d sat down with a plate assembled from the salad bar: one-fourth an avocado, two tablespoons of chickpeas, five grape

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jimmy Breslin dies; Stephen Elliott’s new web series
Jimmy Breslin—the legendary New York city columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, bestselling author, and failed politician who shared a ticket with Norman Mailer—has died at eighty-eight. The New York Times obituary has many good anecdotes about Breslin’s career, including the story of what he did

[The Millions] Chasing Hemingway’s Ghost in Havana
1.In Havana, Ernest Hemingway’s restless ghost lingers more palpably than in any of the other places in the world that can legitimately claim him: Paris, Madrid, Sun Valley, Key West. Havana was his principal home for more than three decades, and its physical aspect has changed very little since

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: To Himself by Jeffrey Wainwright
In a meditation on the sea, this scrupulous poet strives to imagine the limits of images and their relationship to languageDreams and systems; humble wishes;myths that sustain because venerable;even a walk along the promenademight do, undertaken regularly. Related: Poem of the week: On the Mountain

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump's "betrayal" of his voters
Bridging a vast gulf between the expectations of many working-class Trump voters and party orthodoxy

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s “betrayal” of his voters
Bridging a vast gulf between the expectations of many working-class Trump voters and party orthodoxy

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Sovereignty and migration
Idealism, realism, and immigration

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