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Top Book Blogs 09/2017

[Guardian Books Blog] He gets verse: the poetry of Donald Trump
The US president’s almost primal language is a source of widespread amusement and horror. But some have begun exploring its aesthetic power“I know words … I have the best words,” Donald Trump once declared with his usual, braggadocious aplomb. For once, he may be right. Dreaded by

[The Millions] September Prevew: 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. Find more September titles at

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Harvey wasn’t just bad weather
Harvey has morphed into a multi-pronged environmental disaster

[Guardian Books Blog] Charles Baudelaire: the debauchee’s debauchee
A privileged, arrogant poet who produced only one collection, Baudelaire has had huge influence in many spheres – and it continues 150 years after his deathPioneer poète maudit Drug-addicted, syphilitic, always in debt despite inheriting a fortune, writing about prostitutes, hanging out in

[The Millions] We Are Not Alone: ‘Close Encounters’ Turns 40
In the climactic scene of Close Encounters of the Third Kind—soon to be re-released on its 40th anniversary—a massive UFO lands at the base of Devils Tower in Wyoming. Scientists watch in awe as long-missing pilots from the infamous Flight 19 exit the mothership. A grey-haired, goateed man in a

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jhumpa Lahiri on writing for herself; Glenn Greenwald on diversity of opinion at the “Times”
Francesca Pellas talks to Jhumpa Lahiri about language learning, translation, and why it’s never a good idea to write with readers in mind. When Lahiri first started writing in Italian, she says other writers discouraged her from the project, saying that there would be no readers. But Lahiri said

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Philosophy as philosophical
Philosophy in a culturally polycentric world

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Democratic Party certainly
In one corner of the Internet, the 2016 Democratic primary never ended

[The Millions] Leading Ladies
“[I]f your kid isn’t reading yet, he won’t know you’re gender-swapping Elliot the elephant.” Lifehacker considers how to get boys to read so-called “girls’ books,” i.e., enjoy books with both male and female protagonists. Pair with T.K. Dalton‘s consideration of gender,

[Book Forum] VIDEO: “Does Human Nature Make Socialism Impossible?” with Adaner Usmani

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: This is the way
The full story can be told

[The Millions] Whose Beach? Our Beach: A Readers Guide to Shoreline Access
It’s the waning days of summer, you’ve got your towel, your beach read, your canned rosé in an insulated Angry Birds lunchbox you stole from your child. But the question remains: where to set up camp? Beaches are getting awful crowded these days, and “beach-spreading” is on

[The Millions] A Song of Ice and Input
Tired of waiting for George R. R. Martin to finish his next Game of Thrones novel, a software engineer has developed a neural network to write the book instead (via The Digital Reader). Pair with this consideration of how the HBO series is going off-book and breaking all the rules. The post A Song

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of Israeli constitutional law
On the accommodation of minority religions in Israel

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump is a really bad person
Donald Trump is about to test the theory that he can get away with anything

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Deal with your apocalyptic anxiety
Rooting for the end of the world

[Salon Books] A tale of two literary Americas: What a brilliant anthology on inequality accidentally reveals about inequality
Cover detail of "Tales of Two Americas" (Credit: Penguin) Much has been written in the wake of the 2016 elections about our polarized political climate and the growing inequality that has contributed to the electoral stakes feeling higher — and collective fuses running shorter — than they have

[The Millions] “Call it humanistic indecency”
Recommended Reading: Katy Waldman on Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart. The post “Call it humanistic indecency” appeared first on The Millions.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: John Ashbery, 1927-2017
The American poet John Ashbery has died at age ninety. “What more is there to do, except stay? And that we cannot do.”

[The Millions] RIP John Ashbery
The New York Times is reporting that the poet John Ashbery has died. A major figure in American letters, Ashbery won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in a single year for his book Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. The full Times obituary

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: And On What by Dennis O’Driscoll
Daring to disparage comforting sentiment, this darkly witty poem addresses the ‘perpetuation of death’s lineage’And On Whatand on whatpresumptionparentsmay one askdo you blithelygive lifeact as catalystfor futuregenerationsgrant yourbodily urgingsprecedenceover mindblind impulsesweepingreason

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: This is how September is beginning for the president
Trump is at war

[Salon Books] Half of all defendants exonerated for murder are black. Trump’s policies will likely make this number rise
(Credit: Salon/Ilana Lidagoster) “Crown Heights,” directed by Matt Ruskin, and “Just Mercy,” written by Bryan Stevenson, are a film and a book that center on the wrongful convictions of two black men: Colin Warner, who was convicted at 18 and spent 21 years incarcerated in

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Escalating tensions between the US and North Korea
Trump’s chaotic response to North Korea is proving pre-election nuclear fears were right

[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,

[Guardian Books Blog] The Ludlow Ladies’ Society by Ann O'Loughlin review – clunky melodrama
An overwrought tale of the ‘raging loneliness’ of an Irish widow, this book’s weaknesses are magnified by startlingly clumsy languageThe shortlist in fullBrace! Because here come some quotations from The Ludlow Ladies’ Society by Ann O’ Loughlin:“Stopping to rethread the needle twice

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What Trump and his team have wrecked
Is Donald Trump just trolling us?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Not an anomaly
No one talks about it

[Book Forum] VIDEO: NSSR Trebor Scholz: "Uber-Worked and Underpaid" | Talks at Google

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Trebor Scholz: "Uber-Worked and Underpaid" | Talks at Google

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Climate evil
Climate change denial should be a crime

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Contradictions of antifa
Masked antifa dweebs get credit as the real fascists

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The way forward for labor
The Trump administration’s ongoing attack on workers

[Salon Books] Books being made into movies we’re dying to see (and read)
This Thursday, March 30, 2017 photo shows an overview of the colonial era Regal Theater in New Delhi, India. The Indian capital's iconic theater signed off on Thursday night after more than eight decades with nearly 600 movie buffs cheering a 1964 Bollywood classic at a final screening. It's

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Cheater’s Poker
Esther Perel’s suave, crowd-pleasing take on surviving infidelity.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Remembering John Ashbery; Salman Rushdie on Trump’s America
Chelsea Manning will headline this year’s New Yorker Festival. Other events at the festival include a discussion between Preet Bharara, the New York federal attorney who was appointed by President Obama and later fired by Trump, and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin. Following John Ashbery’s death

[Salon Books] Serving in silence: U.S. soldier finds his identity as a gay man while serving in Iraq under “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy
The first night I almost died in Iraq, I had retreated to my bed on the rooftop of the school. I was looking into the clear night sky as my eyelids grew heavier. Just before I hit sleep, Sergeant Stanton’s head poked my field of vision like a jump-scare from some awful horror movie. He had a

[Salon Books] It doesn’t matter if Donald Trump is “crazy” — what matters is whether he can be stopped
(Credit: AP/Jae C. Hong/Salon) A portion of our country also managed to fall deeply in love with Donald Trump — a “reality” TV star who maintains an even more tenuous relationship with reality than did his hero, the much more lovable Ronald Reagan. Trump and Reagan have opposite temperaments

[The Millions] My Saucy Bark; or, A Catalogue of Imaginary Novels with Rubbish Titles
Reviewing John Irving’s Avenue of Mysteries (2015) for an Irish newspaper a couple of years ago, I found myself wondering: why are the titles of novels by fictional novelists always so mysteriously unconvincing? The protagonist of Avenue of Mysteries is Juan Diego, a globetrotting writer of

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Englander; Sloan; Kassabova; le Carré; Ward
Out this week: Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander; Sourdough by Robin Sloan; Border by Kapka Kassabova; A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré; and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent book preview. The

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: Shame by Salman Rushdie is September's book
To mark the anniversary of Indian partition, we’ll be looking at a novel that may not as famous as some of his books but promises to be just as energeticThis month’s reading group, to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian partition, will be – as chosen by the traditional lot – Shame by Salman

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s anti-immigrant crusade
Republicans could protect Dreamers if they wanted to

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Understand rising inequality
We’re creating the new American aristocracy

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump is using taxpayer dollars to enrich himself
Dems hope to block Trump businesses from receiving federal funds

[The Millions] A Borrowing Boom
“Between 1990 and 2014, visits to public libraries grew by a whopping 181%. For context, the population of the United States increased by 28% during that period.” Why the library boom? (via The Digital Reader) See also this paean by Daniel Penev in our own pages,“The Library Is Dead. Long

[The Millions] Poetry Can Be Anything
“He taught me that poetry can be anything and with that comes great freedom.” Reminiscences by a former student of the poet John Ashbery upon his death. And for a contemporary take on the question of just what, exactly, poetry is and/or might be, see our recent conversation between Jill

[Book Forum] VIDEO: The Unacknowledged History of Black Creators and Black Characters in Comic Books

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Unlikely rise
Figures are in order

[The Millions] Literature’s Inherited Trauma: On Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’
The dead chase the living in Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward’s new novel about the legacy of trauma. In Ward’s last novel, Salvage the Bones, the main character is preoccupied with the mythological tale of Medea, a woman left heartbroken. Here, Ward traces an American highway odyssey, from

[The Millions] The Thriller Code
“Rather than outlining your plot in chronological order, try outlining your plot as if it were a candle burning at both ends. Begin the process by writing your first and last chapter simultaneously.” Amazon Author Insights gathers, well, insights on writing from Dan Brown and other famous


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