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Top Book Blogs 07/2017

[The Millions] Wizard Jail
Recommended Reading: Hannah Rose-Woods on totalitarianism in the wizarding world. The post Wizard Jail appeared first on The Millions.

[Salon Books] No black person is safe in America
(Credit: Getty/Kena Betancur) One night, I participated in a peaceful protest near downtown Baltimore. My fellow protestors and I were standing in solidarity with the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, over the murder of Mike Brown—an innocent African-American teen, who was on his way to college

[Salon Books] “It is so beautifully written, it sings itself”: The Beach Boys’ sublime “God Only Knows”
(Credit: AP/Bloomsbury Publishing) “It’s a really, really great song,” said Paul McCartney. “It’s a big favorite of mine.” “God Only Knows” is the song that corroborates the impression made by almost all that precedes it on Pet Sounds. It confirms

[Salon Books] Autism and the workplace: Adults with autism are the fastest growing group among the neurodiverse workforces
Young creative business people working in the office late in the afternoon. (Credit: Getty/xavierarnau) This book is about building a better structure of employment for adults with autism. It addresses how adults with autism and their families and advocates can best approach their own employment

[Salon Books] Today’s Republicans have Ronald Reagan all wrong
Ronald Reagan (Credit: Getty/Michael Evans) I grew up as a conservative Republican in Ronald Reagan’s California. To call me “die hard” would be understating my belief and commitment: I was the only volunteer in the Santa Clara County GOP HQ on August 9, 1974, the day Richard Nixon resigned.

[Salon Books] The “keys to the cyber caliphate”: The daring U.S. raid to seize the ISIS personnel database
(Credit: Getty/shutterstock/Salon) When he woke for dawn prayers on 17 May, 2015, “Caliph” Ibrahim, a.k.a. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the commander of the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant al-Sham, a.k.a. ISIS, would be informed of a massacre that had occurred near Deir ez-Zor in

[The Millions] Another View
“But we are lured into believing that the first person is the manifestation of an authentic self. Or: we fall for the first person because we feel so little coherence in our own internal lives, and immersing ourselves in a sustained first person narrative gives us the false reassurance of an

[Salon Books] “Sparkle Boy” author: “I’m into acceptance, respect and celebration”
Cover detail of "Sparkle Boy" (Credit: Lee & Low Books) It’s been nearly three decades since Lesléa Newman‘s pioneering children’s book, “Heather Has Two Mommies,” was released. Since then, a lot has changed — plenty of it for the better — for LGBTQ parents and

[Salon Books] WATCH: Is there a formula for falling in love with anyone?
In 2015, author Mandy Len Catron offered up an intriguing proposition in the New York Times’ famed Modern Love column. Could a psychologist’s simple set of 36 increasingly personal questions lead a pair of virtual strangers right into romance? Catron’s story about on her

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: The Walking Father Blues by Miriam Nash
An unusual form, the pantun, brings a subtle, nuanced swing to the depiction of a man who is able to walk out from one marriage and into anotherThe Walking Father BluesHow does a father leave his life?Easy, a pair of walking shoesAnd who can hear them but his wifewalking the walking father blues?

[Guardian Books Blog] Slouching towards Didion: the book blurb bywords holding the industry back
Didion-esque, Didion-like, Didion-ish: the shorthand for anything insightful written by a white, female author is turning Joan Didion’s perspective into a prescription and stifling literature’s diversity“Writers are always selling someone out,” wrote the young Joan Didion in the preface of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s voter fraud commission is itself an enormous fraud
Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, plans to remake America through restrictive voting

[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] PAPER TRAIL: ThinkProgress Leaves Medium; VQR Welcomes New Poetry Editor
The progressive online news organization ThinkProgress has plans to expand its staff and to start publishing its content on WordPress, the site it used before moving to Medium in 2016. ThinkProgress is one of many publishers that have left Medium this year. Poynter explains the exodus: “At issue

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Critical theory interventions
The Frankfurt school argued that reason is dangerous

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: If you want to understand Trump
Donald Trump is the president of gossip

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: On the march
The contradictions of an ill-fated experiment

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Capitalism’s past, present, and future
America is regressing into a developing nation for most people

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: This dangerous and unstable administration
And now the Trump presidency begins to fail for real

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Another financial crisis
Financial regulation for a better society

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Nutting; Quick; Dawkins; Obejas; Carrasco; Klam
Out this week: Made for Love by Alissa Nutting; The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick; The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins; The Tower of the Antilles by Achy Obejas; Out in the Open by Jesús Carrasco; and Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam. For more on these and other new

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: which Jane Austen book should we read to mark her bicentenary?
She’s one of the best-loved authors in the English language – nominate your Austen novel to read for this month’s book clubOn the 18 July 1817, Jane Austen died in Winchester, after a long, painful illness. Her brother James arranged for her to be buried in the cathedral. The inscription on

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Secondhand Emotion
The erotic highs and lows of living dolls, dolphins, and devices

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Democrats warm up
Democrats should abandon the specter of the right-wing hard hat

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The engine of American inequality
Democratic institutions are threatened by the flawed assumption that inequality is irrelevant

[Salon Books] How a jihadist was made
The Convenient Terrorist by John Kiriakou and Joseph Hickman; Abu Zubaydah (Credit: Hot Books/AP/U.S. Central Command) Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn—the man later known as Abu Zubaydah—was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 12, 1971. His parents had migrated there from the West Bank of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Right’s new assault on the press
Journalism cannot be neutral toward a threat to the conditions that make it possible

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Pressure to close
Present and future traps

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Stamped from the Beginning: Ibram X. Kendi on the History of Racist Ideas in US

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Arab world’s American savior
How to lose the next war in the Middle East

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Conservatism has degraded in a very short period
Be clear on the fact that the Republican Party is responsible for Trump

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Primitive accumulation and capital’s violence
Approaches to the critique of capitalism

[Salon Books] Want to run for president in 2020? Here’s your summer reading list!
(Credit: Getty/200mm) President Donald Trump really should read John Sununu’s latest book, “The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H. W. Bush.” This is not a recommendation made with snark or condescension, but done with absolute sincerity. No matter how much you

[Salon Books] Is this the future we want?
Elisabeth Moss as Offred in "The Handmaid's Tale" (Credit: Hulu/George Kraychyk) As a Southern girl, born and raised, there are few rules of polite society that have stuck with me quite like, “Thou shalt not talk politics at the dinner table.” Of course, the proverbial “table” has come to

[Salon Books] WATCH: 5 books you’ve got to read this summer
“Welcome to COM 201,” a spindly guy wearing glasses with thick frames told a room packed with students. “This summer class is quick — but however, we will cover a lot of information from some of the best books that have ever been written.” He walked over to the chalkboard and

[The Millions] Do Sex Dolls Dream of Electric Sheep? On Alissa Nutting’s ‘Made for Love’
  Not long after the nine-page sex scene between a dolphin and a man who resembles Jesus, it clicks: Alissa Nutting’s Made for Love is all about power. Obviously, there’s nature’s power over man, as in the case of the porpoise initiating coitus, but the dynamic works the other

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Confronting North Korea
North Korea missile launch marks a direct challenge to Trump administration

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Hilary Mantel delays final “Wolf Hall” book; What it takes to be “Didion-esque”
The final installment of Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” trilogy will likely be delayed, according to the novelist. The Mirror and the Light was originally scheduled for 2018, but Mantel told an audience at her most recent BBC lecture that it was “increasingly unlikely” that the book would be

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of Trump’s CNN tweet
Trump’s anti-CNN tweet originated from Reddit’s largest right-wing extremist forum

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A competition between two stories of America
Sorry, but it’s entirely the Right’s fault

[Guardian Books Blog] The Divided States of Hysteria's cover should never have been printed | Kieran Shiach
Image Comics is only the latest publisher to withdraw tasteless material. All publishers must sharpen their editorial oversight to pre-empt such scandalsA cartoon of a lynched Pakistani man hanging with mutilated genitals and a racial slur on his name tag might seem obviously incendiary, and to put

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Eileen Myles and Chris Kraus read from their work

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Need to decide
An ecstatic experience

[The Millions] Finding My Way into a New Form: An Interview with Teju Cole
Teju Cole can seduce you a dozen ways. As a writer who refuses to be boxed in by the conventions of genre, he blurs the boundaries between fiction and memoir, sprinkling in just enough tidbits from his own life to leave you wanting more. His essays cover an astonishing range of subjects, from

[The Millions] Did You Pack Those Books Yourself
“This test protocol was designed so X-ray operators could have a clearer view of carry-on baggage at checkpoints. Like many tests TSA performs at checkpoints around the country, we collected valuable data but, at this time, are no longer testing or instituting these procedures.” Inside

[The Millions] One Ring to Rule All Them Slots
“The parties are pleased that they have amicably resolved this matter and look forward to working together in the future.” The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien and Warner Bros. have settled an $80 million lawsuit over the digital merchandising of products from The Lord of the Rings series, reports The

[The Millions] Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again
“I haven’t met Drake, but I have of course met people who have met Drake. But you have to realize how o-l-d I am. I’m not likely to go to the same parties. Or many parties at all, to be frank.” Junot Diaz interviews Margaret Atwood for The Boston Review. We obviously recommend you

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The retail meltdown of 2017
Is American retail at a historic tipping point?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Fake news is coming
The truth about the post-truth age

[The Millions] What Eats at You
“Define your character’s obsession. Take that obsession and dig up all the language that surrounds it or alludes to it. Rewrite your story using as much of that language as possible.” Molly Prentiss for Amazon Author Insights on using personal preoccupations to bring your narratives

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