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Top Book Blogs 05/2017

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The angry response to Bret Stephens’s debut ‘Times’ op-ed
On Friday, Bret Stephens’s debut op-ed in the New York Times, a column in which he defended some climate-change skeptics, infuriated environmentalists and “didn’t sit well with many of his colleagues in the newsroom.” Many Times readers have threatened to cancel their subscriptions. The

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Signals from the Simple Life by Lorna Goodison
In short, striking lines, the poet focuses on key moments when individuals are most intimately attuned to their communitySignals from the Simple LifeA red clothtight aroundher browand he knowsshe is beingcleansed nowby the tidesof the moon. Continue reading...

[The Millions] May Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
We wouldn’t dream of abandoning our vast semi–annual Most Anticipated Book Previews, but we thought a monthly reminder would be helpful (and give us a chance to note titles we missed the first time around).  Here’s what we’re looking out for this month. For more May titles, check out the

[Salon Books] Historian Timothy Snyder: “It’s pretty much inevitable” that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy
Donald Trump; Timothy Snyder (Credit: Getty/Aude Guerrucci/Penguin Random House/Ine Gundersveen) American democracy is in crisis. The election of Donald Trump feels like a state of emergency made normal. Trump has threatened violence against his political enemies. He has made clear he does not

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Environmental destruction under Trump
Trump made a lot of dumb promises, but he’s following through on destroying the globe

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: 100 days of Trump
In 100 days, Trump has done lasting damage

[The Millions] Happy Birthday, Joseph Heller
“The morning after the opening sentence took shape, Heller “arrived at work”—at the Merrill Anderson Company—“with my pastry and container of coffee and a mind brimming with ideas, and immediately in longhand put down on a pad the first chapter of an intended novel.” The

[The Millions] Trump the Truth
“It is not normal for the President of the United States to refuse to offer even passing respect to the idea that telling the truth matters. It is not normal for the President to pretend that any news coverage he dislikes is ‘fake news’ that has been fabricated by the reporters who

[The Millions] The Artist as Activist
“No one was more grimly adamant that the world was in mortal peril, or had more fun trying to save it from itself.” Over at The New Yorker‘s Page Turner blog, Alexandra Schwartz considers the life and work of Grace Paley, noting that Paley’s slim output “is a great

[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 themAre 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,

[Book Forum] VIDEO: National Book Foundation head aims to be a cheerleader for literature

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Taking over
Before you get too excited

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Corps Values
Carter J. Eckert’s Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866–1945

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The tech industry joins the political fray
The Republican plan to kill the open Internet

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Resistance works
Trump has galvanized activists on the Left

[Guardian Books Blog] James Bond, Lord of the Rings, Narnia – the books we most pretend to have read
Fleming, Tolkien and CS Lewis are the authors that people most claim – falsely – to have read. But why? And how does this year’s most-fibbed-about list compare with those of previous years?A few years ago, while working at a regional newspaper, I had to interview a local author about his

[The Millions] Books as Constant Companion: The Millions Interviews Pamela Paul
I once knew a Holocaust survivor, a Russian non-native English speaker with a thirst for learning, who kept a wonderful book: a logbook of obsessive reading with highly particular summaries. “War and Peace,” the survivor notated, “a bunch of people, war, and countries —

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Ford; Satyal; Ko; Ferris; Paul; Koul; Ibrahim; Menkedick; Achebe
Out this week: Between Them by Richard Ford; No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal; The Leavers by Lisa Ko; The Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris; My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul; One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul; Season of Crimson Blossoms by

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: One Hundred Years of Solitude is our book for May
Gabriel García Márquez’s landmark work of magical realism turns 50 this month. Can it still weave a spell in 2017?This month, One Hundred Years of Solitude will have been under way for 50. Gabriel García Márquez’s hugely influential novel was released in 1967, and I can only imagine how

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Thinking about climate change
What if climate scientists are guessing wrong?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jean Stein dead at 83; Ivanka Trump’s “survival mode”
The New York Post reports that the woman who jumped to her death last weekend from an Upper East Side high rise was Jean Stein, author of Edie: American Girl and West of Eden. She was 83. Fox News co-president Bill Shine resigned yesterday. “A longtime lieutenant to its disgraced former chairman,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Trump Zone
Trump ain’t the negotiator he bragged about

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Neoliberalism, Climate Change, Migration: George Monbiot in conversation

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Virtually all
Precisely the event

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Waging war
This is how the next World War starts

[The Millions] Okay But the Sample Size Tho
“It’s possible that when it comes to books, we have overestimated the means of delivery and have underestimated the importance of the content conveyed in the media.” A recent study demonstrated that preschoolers demonstrated the same level of reading comprehension regardless of whether the

[The Millions] Man Middle School Was Rough, Huh?
“[B]eing twelve is its own psychosexual dystopian satire, and I was not in on the joke.” Abbey Fenbert writes for Catapult about Aldous Huxley‘s Brave New World, reading-while-tween, and being a seventh-grade book censor. See also: our own brave editor-in-chief, Lydia

[The Millions] Richard Branson, Literary Cupid
“[L]isting The Bible proves detrimental for both sexes while listing Fifty Shades of Grey results in women getting 16% fewer messages and Harry Potter losing men up to 55%.” In recent duh news, a study by dating site eHarmony found that book readers are found to be “more intellectually

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The alt-Right and Donald Trump
When extremists wield the full force of the federal government, American identity is profoundly threatened

[The Millions] At the Firing Squad: The Radical Works of a Young Dostoevsky
1. At 28, Fyodor Dostoevsky was about to die. The nightmare started when the police burst into his apartment and dragged him away in the middle of the night, along with the rest of the Petrashevsky Circle. This was a group made up of artists and thinkers who discussed radical ideas together, such

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Bret Stephens is still writing about climate
Bret Stephens isn’t the only problem at the New York Times op-ed page

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Tucker Carlson signs two-book deal; Pamela Paul on writing and risk
Tor Books has created a new imprint. Tor Labs will “emphasize experimental approaches to genre publishing.” The imprint’s first project will be an audiodrama, Steal the Stars, that will air in a weekly podcast beginning next August. Page Six reports that Tucker Carlson has signed a $9 million,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trumpism and Being
Our political reality is the stuff of nightmares

[The Millions] Sportsballers Who Love Books
It’s not often that you hear about an athlete who hosts his own book podcast, but Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck does just that, reports Yahoo News. (Also namechecked for their bibliophilic tendendies in the piece: Pats receiver Malcolm Mitchell and retired baller Donte’

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: The Alternative Facts of Samuel Beckett's “Watt”
Like much of Beckett’s work, “Watt” is funny and bleak and also uncompromising in its indifference to such readerly comforts as plot and accessibility. The novel follows its title character as he goes to work as a domestic servant in the home of Mr. Knott. Combine

[The Millions] The Great Vietnamese Novel(s)
“The literature by Vietnamese and Vietnamese-Americans is out there for anyone who knows how to use Google. But so many here and abroad would rather not know, or when a new Vietnamese author is published, would prefer to say, ‘At last! A voice for the Vietnamese!’ In fact, there

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Why Don Quixote is the Best Work of Fiction According to 100 Authors

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Just move
The epicenter of a battle

[The Millions] Highlighting the Handmaid
“We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.” BookRiot did us all a service by finding out the 10 most highlighted passages of (the e-book edition of) Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale. You must also read our own Edan

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Break masculinity
Manhood in the age of Trump

[Salon Books] WATCH: How to survive the United States of Russia
When authors Vicky Kuperman and Isabella Patrick stopped by Salon this week for a chat about their new political humor book, “How to Spy On Your Neighbor: Your Survival Guide for the United States of Russia,” they brought a spread with lox and caviar, and shared immigrant stories. The

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump and the erosion of American democracy
Trump is an authoritarian in his actions and his words

[The Millions] The Internet Was Built as a Weapon: The Millions Interviews Jarett Kobek
Jarett Kobek’s writing resists categorization. It swerves between fiction, personal nonfiction, and cultural critique in a fashion whose closest antecedent is probably the New Narrative prose of writers like Kevin Killian. Novels like 2013’s BTW toggle between modes: the novel rhapsodizes over

[Guardian Books Blog] Can male writers avoid misogyny?
It’s deeply embedded in the culture, and the likes of Philip Roth and Martin Amis are often thought to reproduce what they sought to expose. Is there any way out?In a 1997 essay, David Foster Wallace aligned himself against writers regularly called out for their misogyny, dubbing John Updike,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Left’s political imagination
A tough-love letter to the Left

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: April Ryan named NABJ Journalist of the Year; Ben Strauss on the politics of ESPN
The first plans for Barack Obama’s presidential library in Chicago were unveiled yesterday. Designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the library will include classrooms, an auditorium, and a public garden. In his announcement, Obama said that the campus-like design was chosen to “create an

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump isn’t a pragmatist
Is Trump authoritarian or incompetent?

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Heather Boushey: Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Admit as much
How about no?

[Guardian Books Blog] TV is rewriting the book on how to adapt novels
New adaptations of novels, such as The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods, have begun using their sources as springboards for even richer invention It is a truth as old as Hollywood itself, that the book is always better than the movie. The difficulty of compressing a novel into two hours means

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