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[The Millions] June 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. Stay tuned for next month’s

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of Donald Trump
The corrosive privilege of the most mocked man in the world

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: More buyouts at the “New York Times”; Chris Kraus on Eileen Myles
The New York Times is offering another round of buyouts in the newsroom in the hopes of avoiding forced layoffs. The paper plans to merge the current system of copy editors and “backfielders” into a single group. The Times is also eliminating the public editor role, currently held by Liz Spayd.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: David Grossman with Nicole Krauss

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Topic with vast implications
Likely to be of general or topical appeal

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Insights from Russian history
Was Stalin’s terror his doing alone, or was mass violence an intrinsic part of Bolshevism?

[The Millions] Surviving Trump: Elisabeth Rosenthal Wants You to Become a Health Care Voter
As the Trump Administration and American Democracy rapidly mutate into something vaguely resembling a third-rate political thriller — imagine James Patterson and Dan Brown teaming up for an afternoon of benzos and brainstorming — it’s easy to get caught up in the nonstop melodrama,

[Guardian Books Blog] Paul Beatty webchat – post your questions now
Winner of last year’s Man Booker prize for his blistering US satire, The Sellout, the novelist will be in to answer your questions on Tuesday 6 June at 1pm BST 11.43am BST It took 18 attempts before a publisher would brave publishing Paul Beatty’s fourth novel, The Sellout: a tale of black

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Climate change in the era of post-truth
Will Trump’s slow-mo walkaway, world in flames behind him, finally provoke consequences for planetary arson?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Julia Roberts to star in HBO’s “Today Will be Different” adaptation; Thoreau’s resistance
Julia Roberts will star in the television adaptation of Maria Semple’s Today Will be Different. Semple is currently writing a limited series based on the book for HBO. Scholars have discovered a new play by Edith Wharton in a Texas archive. “The Shadow of a Doubt” was written and produced in

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: The Burning Ground by Adam O'Riordan
Who can begrudge us foreigners our attraction to Los Angeles—its sprawling circuitry of wealth and poverty, beauty and damnation, innocence and experience? With its palm-screened boulevards, model-thronged beaches, and movie-star aura, LA seems faintly make-believe, yet we know that it is also

[The Millions] Remember to Tip Your Archivists
Thanks to the work of archivists at The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, two scholars have unearthed a 1901 play by Edith Wharton called “The Shadow of a Doubt,” reports The Guardian. “After all this time, nobody thought there were long, full scale, completed,

[The Millions] Formative Pancakes
“Everything I learned about writing, I learned from watching people.” David Sedaris talks with The Rumpus about IHOP and his newly published collection of diary entries Theft by Finding. The post Formative Pancakes appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Pamela Paul, "My life with Bob"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Fine line
Complete with widespread memory loss

[The Millions] Resistance Blooms in Nigeria
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms is a novel richly rooted in its conservative northern Nigerian context, yet it is a novel that asks universal questions — is it possible to change someone you love, possible even to challenge the rules of who can be loved and why? On

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The stench of a corrupt president
Trump’s family takes new steps to blur ethical boundaries

[Salon Books] Hillary Clinton’s big problem wasn’t bad data — it was bad politics
Hillary Clinton (Credit: AP/Wilfredo Lee) Even six months after the election, Hillary Clinton is still loath to admit fault for her loss to Donald Trump last November. That was the key takeaway, at least, from Clinton’s recent appearance at Recode’s “Code Conference,” during which the

[Guardian Books Blog] Selfies, Sophocles and Stephen Fry – the week at Hay festival
Mythical magic from Colm Tóibín, some illuminating medieval manuscripts and a game Neil Gaiman … this week in Hay-on-WyeFears for the longevity of the book were firmly dispelled this week at Hay, where 1,500 people forfeited their Sunday lunch to hear about a 21st-century reimagining of a

[Salon Books] Doomed to relive high school? Science that says who we were at 16 still defines us
(Credit: Getty/Monkeybusinessimages) If painful memories of what cafeteria table we ate lunch at can potentially stick with us well into adulthood, what does that say about our culture’s relationship to this thing called “popularity”? That’s the question all over the

[Salon Books] Wellness in the hood: Can juicing and yoga heal trauma in poor communities?
I remember laughing at my friend Nick. For hours we’d sit at the kitchen table, separated by a bottle of Belvedere vodka, taking shots and telling stories and being 20. His claim to fame was having an indestructible skull. One time at the table, he bragged, “Yo, D., my head is made of

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: BEA Highlights; Robert Caro Nears End of LBJ Research
In the New York Times Book Review’s By the Book column, basketball legend and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—whose new book is Coach Wooden and Me—names the best book he ever received as a gift (Geoff Dyer’s But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz) and and his favorite literary hero (Walter Mosley’s

[The Millions] Remembering Ray Bradbury
1. In the summer leading into my senior year, I received a letter from my literary hero. My mother — noting his famous name on the return address — hand-delivered it to me while I shelved books at the local bookstore. “This came for you,” she said. I glanced up from the stacks, read

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Is Your Country a He Or a She in Your Mouth by Patricia Lockwood
A political poem that contests the damaging gendering of nations is also, in the hands of a ‘weird Twitter’ star, a deliciously transgressive rompIs Your Country a He Or a She in Your MouthMine is a man I think, I love men, they call mea fatherlandsexual, all the motherlandsexualshave been

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Sub Mission
Jenny Diski’s novel of an obsessive sadomasochistic affair

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Paris catastrophe
Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord is performative isolationism

[The Millions] ReBorne
“Getting too quickly to where you want to go, getting there too smoothly, is antithetical to thinking through complex issues. You want roadblocks, confusion, chaos, and doubt. Unexpected, wonderful things come out of this approach.” Jeff VanderMeer provides a master class

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The threat rising tribalism poses to the planet
Trump has no political philosophy beyond pissing off liberals

[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,

[The Millions] Juan Goytisolo, 1931-2017
The Washington Post reports that Spanish writer and Cervantes Prize winner Juan Goytisolo has died at age 86. Bruna Dantas Lobato wrote about Goytisolo’s 1970 novel of dispossession Count Julian for us, noting that “[j]ust like the nature of exile itself, the narrative offers no

[The Millions] From Well-Read to Well-Written
Well-Read Black Girl, a Brooklyn-based book club and online community celebrating “the uniqueness of Black literature & sisterhood,” has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its inaugural writers’ conference and festival. Past WRBG book club guests include Year in Reading

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Erica Armstrong Dunbar, "Never Caught"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Endless loop
Given the demographic realities

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: May 2017
  We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s pathological
Trump simply has no idea what he’s talking about on any subject

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A subtle, unsettling shift in the world order
The death knell for America’s global leadership

[Salon Books] On Nazis, family and the question of forgiveness: 2 novelists confront the legacies of their families
"The Women in the Castle" by Jessica Shattuck; "The Weight of Ink" by Rachel Kadish (Credit: Harper Collins Publishers/Lesley Unruh/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Soon after Rachel Kadish and Jessica Shattuck met in a Boston writers’ group, they discovered they had something in common — or

[Guardian Books Blog] John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces is June's reading group book
Your choice of Pulitzer winner only received the honour for his masterpiece posthumously, having been unable to find a publisher while he livedA Confederacy of Dunces has won our vote of Pulitzer prize winners and will be the reading group choice for June. John Kennedy Toole’s novel took the prize

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Baldwin; Lacey; Lim; Berman; Umrigar; Fierro
Out this week: The Last Kid Left by Rosecrans Baldwin; The Answers by Catherine Lacey; Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim; Perennials by Mandy Berman; Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar; and The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent

[The Millions] When I Worked in Advertising
When I worked in advertising, I took solace in knowing that my task was, fundamentally, to tell stories. I believe that; our society’s most successful storytellers are probably the people who make television commercials. In one of the 16 or so drafts of my new book, I mention that

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks with Sunaura Taylor
A few years ago, while Sunaura Taylor was researching her new book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, she came across the story of a fox who was born with the same disability that Taylor has—arthrogryposis, a contracture of the joints, A hunter saw the fox and shot it, in what he

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Anyone want to work for the Trump administration?
Trump exempts entire senior staff from White House ethics rules

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Bob Dylan gives Nobel lecture; Adam Ross on reviving the “Sewanee Review”
Bill Maher has apologized after using a racial slur during an interview with Republican Senator Ben Sasse. HBO called the comment “inexcusable and tasteless,” and said they will edit the remark out of future broadcasts. In response, Senator Al Franken has canceled an upcoming appearance on the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Madness of King Trump
The more Trump fails, the better off we’ll be

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Elan Mastai: The World We Were Supposed to Have | Appel Salon

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Hard to stop
Refusal to cover

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Republicans are stuck with Trump
Donald Trump is exploiting the fatal flaw of the two-party system

[Salon Books] WATCH: Here’s why it’s cool to be awkward
While today many people commonly accept anxiety and depression as legitimate states of being, the condition of awkwardness is a slipperier thing to define. An acute case of it is never diagnosed for anyone — even if millions of us know exactly what it feels like. Author Ty Tashiro has delved

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: International sport
Modern sports-for-all policy

[The Millions] Double Threat
As if demonstrating exemplary literary skill weren’t enough, some overachieving authors were accomplished visual artists as well, notes AbeBooks in a roundup of talent that includes e e cummings, Günter Grass, Herman Hesse, and Jack Kerouac. Consider also our own Bill Morris on


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