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Top Book Blogs 01/2018

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Words Were Changing by Miller Oberman
A reflection on the meaning of welcome, this etymologically alert work is calm and joyfulThanked for kindness, I saidyou’re welcome, and welcomespun back to what it meant,before. Welcome, comein, in accord with my will.Come into warmth, youare wanted, were waitedfor. Welcome to thesearms, spread

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s gang of climate deniers
The ten worst things Scott Pruitt’s EPA has already done

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The problem of socialist strategy today
Liberals and socialists share a common inheritance

[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: 50 years after the civil rights era
Thinking intersectionally about race and class in the Trump era

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Long divided
Scary read

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Mass incarceration in America
The case for abolishing prisons

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: New attack on voting rights
Voter suppression doesn’t come much clearer than this

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: American universities as inequality-fighters
The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: which book about redemption should we read in January?
From Milton to Marilynne Robinson, stories of spiritual and worldly salvation are a rich seam in literature. Please help choose one for us to make a fresh start with in 2018 The theme for this month’s reading group is redemption. This feels like an excellent subject to explore, as we step into

[The Millions] Three Odysseys
Odysseys come in all shapes and forms, from epic to personal.  Three recent odysseys range in time and theme from ancient to dystopian.  Daniel Mendelsohn’s An Odyssey launches from Homer’s epic, 2017 National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward’s Sing Unburied Sing road trips to the Mississippi

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Joyce; Graham-Felsen; Mukherjee; Schultz; Kureishi
Out this week: The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce; Green by Sam Graham-Felsen; A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee; Luxury by Philip Schultz; and The Nothing by Hanif Kureishi. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Joyce; Graham-Felsen; Mukherjee; Schultz; Kureishi appeared first on The

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In battle with Trump
America’s unfair democracy will hurt Democrats in 2018

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Fred Moten awarded Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant; Barack Obama’s 2017 reading list
The New York Daily News has yet to hire a new editor after the December 31 retirement of Arthur Browne, who was also serving as publisher. Though parent company Tronc knew of Browne’s impending resignation, they have not named a permanent or temporary replacement for either position. “I’ve

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: All the risks of climate change
The dirty secret of the global plan to avert climate disaster

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: From libertarianism to the alt-Right
The intellectual wasteland of libertarianism continues to provide a safe space for fascists

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Salman Rushdie and Daniel Alarcón reading new works

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: About to drop
Change will not come easily

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Attack on the American administrative state
How the Trump era is changing the federal bureaucracy

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: On black women in America
Letting black women tell their own stories

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: No quick fixes for the failing American university
The world might be better off without college for everyone

[The Millions] Paying to Play: On Submission Fees in Poetry Publishing
Things we need: 1. Money Someone wrote the above text on a whiteboard in the Fort Des Moines Museum earlier this year. I’ve returned to it often, ever since a friend retweeted a photo of it, as a reminder of the inherent difficulty in critiquing small presses and literary magazines’ funding

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s North Korea gambit
We are sleepwalking toward war with North Korea

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump targets
How Trump uses his power

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Helen Dunmore awarded Costa prize; Vice suspends executives
Vice has suspended two executives following a December report in the New York Times detailing allegations of sexual misconduct at the company. Andrew Creighton, Vice Media’s president, and Mike Germano, its chief digital officer, have both been placed on leave pending an investigation into charges

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Polanyi in an age of uncertainty
Polanyi best explains Trump, Brexit and the over-reach of economic liberalism

[Book Forum] VIDEO: John Hodgman on VACATIONLAND

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In the wake
Throwing them out

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: This extremist moment on campuses
The neoliberal university has no answer for people like Richard Spencer

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: American policing is broken
Are we done with traditional law enforcement?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s version of capitalism
The biggest surprise of Trump’s first year is his hard-right economic policy

[The Millions] Regarding the Em Dash
Punctuation, largely invisible and insignificant for normal people, as it should be, is a highly personal matter for writers.  Periods, commas, colons, semi-colons:  in their use or non-use and in their order and placement, can represent elaboration, conjecture, doubt, finality.  And in

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Another reminder of Trump’s degradation
Trump is the WYSIWYG president

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Roxane Gay starts advice column at the “New York Times”; The Strand Bookstore’s longtime owner has died
Roxane Gay has an advice column at the New York Times. In her first installment, Gay encourages two writers who are worried that they’re too old to make a career out of it. “There is no age limit to finding artistic success,” she writes. “Sometimes it happens at 22 and sometimes it happens

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: How nuclear war with North Korea would unfold
Why nuclear war with North Korea is less likely than you think

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In the voting booth
Voting makes us stupid, and what to do about it

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Mexico's Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera & Afro-Mexican Women

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Part of the answer
An example of what happens

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: As Trump upends international relations
The global consequences of Trump’s incompetence

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Enlivening the conservative exploration
Throughout history, the Right has cared more about preserving private property than about promoting democracy

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Trump economy
A decade later, it looks like the Great Recession may be worse than the Great Depression

[Guardian Books Blog] ‘Knighthood? No thanks, Ma'am’: why royal recognition for writing is not always an honour
War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has accepted a knighthood, but many authors from Alan Bennett to JG Ballard have turned honours down. So what’s wrong with a pat on the back from the palace?Should writers accept gongs from the Queen? Michael Morpurgo, who did so in the new year’s honours,

[The Millions] Seeing the Suffering Millions: On Neel Mukherjee’s ‘A State of Freedom’
The need to let suffering speak is a condition of all truth.                                                              —Theodor Adorno A Calcutta-born lecturer living on the East Coast of the United States is visiting India with his six-year-old son. He is

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The scandal of Michael Wolff’s new book
Everyone in Trumpworld knows he’s an idiot

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of gender bias in the workplace
The lack of women leaders is a national emergency

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: The Body Politic
On the unsettling experience of being a patient

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Novelist Aharon Appelfeld has died; Trump tries to halt publication of “Fire and Fury”
The New York Times has announced that Gregory Cowles will become the Books desk’s senior editor. Tina Jordan of Entertainment Weekly will be taking over Cowles old role as a fiction preview editor and Inside the List columnist, while Emily Eakin, formerly a senior editor at the New Yorker, will

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Students deserve the chance to try out ideas
The real intellectual crisis in higher education is not over free speech, but the quality of speech

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Kevin Young: Bunk, Humbug, and Fake News

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