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[The Millions] The Waves
Recommended Reading: James Ryerson on a new book about Jean-Paul Sartre and surfing. The post The Waves appeared first on The Millions.

[The Millions] Talk About That
“Here is a fascinating conundrum: The creator of a scientifically delegitimized blueprint of the human mind and of a largely discontinued psychotherapeutic discipline retains the cultural capital of history’s greatest playwright and the erstwhile Son of God.” On Freud. The post Talk

[Salon Books] 8 great pop-culture podcasts to keep you up to date on TV, movies, music and more
(Credit: HBO/Marvel Studios/Getty/Frederick M. Brown) Whether you’re looking for lighthearted banter or hard-hitting analysis, these eight podcasts about TV and film focus their lens on cultural critique through popular media. 1. “Pop Culture Happy Hour” A lively weekly chat about music,

[Salon Books] One more thing we love about Issa Rae: How “Insecure” showcases black artists
Insecure (Credit: HBO) The second season of Issa Rae’s groundbreaking HBO comedy “Insecure” is amazing for a number of reasons. The characters are complex and funny, the story lines are hilarious, and Rae is brilliant at showing so many sides of blackness, something that so many

[The Millions] Total Eclipse
“I turned back to the sun. It was going. The sun was going, and the world was wrong.” Longreads invites us to revisit Annie Dillard‘s classic essay “Total Eclipse,” from her new collection, The Abundance: Narrative Essays Old and New. The post Total Eclipse appeared first on The

[The Millions] Kevin Nguyen at It Again
“Blurbs mean nothing. Same with big advances.” GQ editor and Year-in-Reading alum Kevin Nguyen gets the interview treatment from Poets & Writers (and gives a few shout-outs to us while he’s at it!). Among the books he’s read in the last year that stood out: “White

[The Millions] The Greatest Show on Earth
“On January 14, 2017, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus—America’s oldest and best circus, America’s last true touring circus—announced that it was closing, and six days later the country mourned, with an exit parade, a grand-finale funeral: the inauguration of Donald J.

[The Millions] You Will Survive
“You can only advocate for yourself when you know what it is you want from the experience. You’d be surprised by how many people go into this process and are unclear about what they hope to get out of it.” Over at the Amazon Author Insights blog, Katrin Schumann offers a checklist of seven

[The Millions] I Is for Impressive
“It all started with A Is For Alibi, then came B Is For Burglar, C Is For Corpse and on and on through the alphabet.” NPR interviews Sue Grafton about her Kinsey Millhone series, currently spanning 25 letters – the newest and penultimate entry, Y for Yesterday, comes out today – and

[The Millions] Why Reading
“Unlike, say, skimming a page of headlines, reading a book (of any genre) forces your brain to think critically and make connections from one chapter to another, and to the outside world. When you make connections, so does your brain, literally forging new pathways between regions in all four

[The Millions] A Is for Apple
“I want to show you our world as it is now: the door, the floor, the water tap and the sink, the garden chair close to the wall beneath the kitchen window, the sun, the water, the trees.” Apples, plastic bags, teeth  In The Guardian, Karl Ove Knausgaard attempts to explain the world to

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Sci-fi writers’ new challenge; entire Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigns…
Protesting President Trump’s equivocal remarks about white supremacists in Charlottesville last week, his Committee on the Arts and Humanities has resigned en masse. The committee, which was created in 1982 to advise the president on cultural issues, has sixteen members. Under Trump, those members

[The Millions] When the Beasts Spoke: Thoreau and the Sound of America
If I could teleport myself to any moment in American literary history, I would set my controls for the crisp fall day in November 1856 when Henry David Thoreau met Walt Whitman at Whitman’s family home a few blocks from the Brooklyn Naval Yard. The year before, Whitman had published the first

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: One day he came back with news … by Kenneth Steven
This poem, taken from the Scottish poet’s reimagining of the tale of Naoise and Deirdre, sees the doomed lovers enjoy a timeless day at an Argyll beachOne day he came back with newsof a white strand that ran for miles.They sped there and broke out into the sea:the delicious cool of it, the

[Guardian Books Blog] Not Thomas by Sara Gethin review – hate child narrators? This book isn't for you
An unconvincing five-year-old narrator results in a clumsy, but empathetic novel, in the first of this year’s Not the Booker shortlistThe shortlist in fullTomos is five. If you’re at all cynical about child narrators, you might not need much more information to decide if you’ll like Not

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The rise and fall of Steve Bannon
Bannon could be more dangerous outside than inside the White House

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Remaking Latin American politics
The evolution of inequality in Latin America in the 21st century

[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] OMNIVORE: A preview of the future of the Republican Party
After Charlottesville, Republicans must grapple with their history on race

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Octavia E. Butler's Kindred: A Graphic Novel

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Bottom line
Brave enough to appear

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The corporate world takes on white nationalists
CEOs’ condemnation of white supremacists isn’t the result of some newfound moral compass

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Multiculturalism and the accommodation of difference
Multiculturalism is unpopular with the majority

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What white supremacy looks and sounds like
A battle for the racial soul of the U.S. must be waged

[The Millions] Refusing to Look Away: On Leila Guerriero and Joan Didion
In Latin America, the name Leila Guerriero is spoken among journalists, editors, and basically anyone who enjoys the written word with the respect and reverence accorded to a savant. Or at least that is how I feel.  She is still not very known in the English-speaking world, but her book A Simple

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Adebayo; MacLaverty; Martin; Salter; Pamuk
Out this week: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo; Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty; Caca Dolce by Chelsea Martin; The Surveyors by Mary Jo Salter; and The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview. The post Tuesday New

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of Arab intellectuals
The intellectualism that once lit up the Middle East has been all but extinguished

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Beyonce working on 600-page “Lemonade” book; Pamela Paul on the new “Times” books section
Beyonce is working on a 600-page book about the making of Lemonade. How to Make Lemonade “shows the inspiration and themes behind some of the film’s most provocative and cryptic moments,” and includes a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson. The limited-edition version of the book includes two LPs,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A giant, hateful toddler, Trump
White House aides can’t stop talking about President Trump like he’s a toddler

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Mick Fleetwood with Anthony DeCurtis

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Not the same thing
Debunked again and again

[The Millions] The Spaces In-Between: The Millions Interviews Rachel Khong
Rachel Khong has trouble telling her life story. To her, life happens in the tiny daily interactions, and so to have a tidy narrative ready—the sweeping story of how she got from A to B—doesn’t accurately take into account how mysterious everything is. Khong says that she “didn’t want

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Progressives are wielding
Why the American Left gave up on political violence

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Trump ship
Trump recognizes exactly what a good con is worth

[The Millions] I Don’t Read to Like
“What do you like to read?” It’s a perfectly reasonable question, but it always makes me flinch. I am a reader — that is my identity before anything else, including writer, partner, or mother — but I have no idea how to answer that question. First of all, just right off the bat,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump doesn’t really care what we do in Afghanistan
Trump’s Afghanistan plan looks a lot like Obama’s

[Guardian Books Blog] Top 10 books about tyrants
The novelist Christopher Wilson assembles a rogues’ gallery of despots and dictators from fact and fictionThe emergence of a dictator tends to be seen as a unique coincidence of character and circumstance – yet there are clear consistencies. As a tyrant, you’re almost certainly male. You’ll

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: “Village Voice” discontinues print edition; Mark Bray on his “Anti-fascist Handbook”
The Village Voice will discontinue its weekly print edition. “The most powerful thing about the Voice wasn’t that it was printed on newsprint or that it came out every week,” owner Peter Barbey said in a statement. “It was that the Village Voice was alive, and that it changed in step with

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Sexuality and queer theory
What might deheterosexualising the state look like?

[The Millions] Dabbling with Purpose
“That’s why I’m organizing this fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, because for me the right to say what happens to my body is the right to make art.” Year-in-Reading alum Claire Vaye Watkins has launched “Dabbler’s Ball,” an art auction featuring work by some

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: You Are the Product
At the end of June, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had hit a new level: two billion monthly active users. That number, the company’s preferred ‘metric’ when measuring its own size, means two billion different people used Facebook in the preceding month. It is hard to grasp just how

[Book Forum] MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on a Foreign Country
In the weeks before my departure, I spent hours explaining Turkey’s international relevance to my bored loved ones, no doubt deploying the cliché that Istanbul was the bridge between East and West. At first, my family was not exactly thrilled for me; New York had been vile enough in their minds.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Charlie Rose: PEN America Panel

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Roles are reversed
Intended to help

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Latin America in the 21st century
In Latin America’s public square

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What’s the point of Trump?
The Republican party quietly does the bidding of white supremacists

[The Millions] Transgression Has Become So Banal: Chris Kraus and Jarett Kobek in Conversation
Chris Kraus’s After Kathy Acker is one of the best books of the year. A biography of an elusive, and barely understood, literary figure, it’s also a secret history of a certain time and place. When I read an advanced copy, I couldn’t stop talking about the book. This included a conversation

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: White nationalists, neo-Confederates, and Donald Trump
Charlottesville was just one in a long line of incidents of large-scale, organized white terrorism

[Guardian Books Blog] To e or not to e? US statue sparks debate over how to spell Shakespeare
The University of Southern California’s decision to spell the Bard’s name as ‘Shakespear’ sparks some gentle joshing – but is it wrong?Amid other, far uglier confrontations around statues in America, it’s strangely heartening to note the kerfuffle over the University of Southern

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Nadeem Aslam on political acts of kindness; Why John Oliver’s lawsuit could be the next Gawker case
Variety reports that the recent firing of four top Los Angeles Times editors “was the result of a month of newsroom turmoil.” Paul Pringle, an investigative reporter at the paper, had filed a human resources complaint about the delay of a story about USC, which Pringle alleged was “due to cozy

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