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[The Millions] August 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. (“Phew, it’s a hot one,”

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Hot Shot
A manifesto argues for untraceable weapons, made at home

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Addicted to conspiracies
The QAnon conspiracy has stumbled into real life, and it’s not going to end well

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Cliff Levy to head “New York Times” metro desk; Vulture creates weekly cable show
The New York Times has chosen Clifford J. Levy as its next metro editor. Levy was most recently the paper’s deputy managing editor, and had been heavily involved in the Times’s digital expansion. “The position will take him off the print masthead, but it may offer a more positive long-term

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Capitalism, the sole culprit
Capital as process and the history of capitalism

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Appel Salon | Kim Thuy

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: On your side
Using that term

[The Millions] NYC’s Difficult to Name Reading Series Ends with Screenwriting Tips, Mid-Aughts Angst, Drake Takes
Conceived and curated by Ryan Sartor since April 2014, the Difficult to Name Reading Series ended its New York run at the Brooklyn indie bookstore Books Are Magic on Friday, July 20, with rousing readings involving Pac-Man, funny performances revisiting angsty mid-2000s internet culture, and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Geoengineering and the question
Can we make sure geoengineering doesn’t backfire?

[Salon Books] Author Nomi Prins’ “Collusion” is a global expedition to expose the power grab of central bankers
Brexit, Trumpian nationalism, & Euro-tribalism is a result of the monetary policy following the US financial crisis

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Vote
The midterm elections are the last obstacle to Trump’s consolidation of power

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: August 2018
Here are seven notable books of poetry publishing in August. The Carrying by Ada Limón For a book metered by grief, there’s a lot of love here—that shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering Limón’s stylistic control and skill. Poems like “Almost Forty” appear next to “Trying,”; in

[Guardian Books Blog] Norah Lange: finally, 'Borges's muse' gets her time in the spotlight
A groundbreaking poet and novelist, Lange has been reduced to a decorative footnote in male authors’ careers. Might the first English translation of her fiction change that? Outside Greek mythology, muses are passive; artists are active. One inspires, the other creates. The two roles are not

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Partners in public corruption
Companies and government corruption

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: 92nd Street Y announces upcoming readings; Sarah Jeong joins the “New York Times”
The 92nd Street Y has announced the lineup for its upcoming season of readings and talks. The schedule includes appearances by Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Franzen, and Karl Ove Knausgaard, among others. Kate Atkinson will start the season on September 25 with a talk on her upcoming book,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Strain of conservatism
The Republicans may be sealing their party’s fate as the manifestation of Trumpism

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Life of a Poet: Matthew Zapruder

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: It isn’t every day
To miss the greater point

[The Millions] We Should All Be Reading Ancient Poetry Right Now
In 1942, the classicist Edith Hamilton acknowledged the “dark spots” which encroach upon the worlds of Greek myth. Reading ancient poetry today makes you realize how those dark spots have grown. They may be sinister, but like black holes, they suck you in. They are timely reminders of the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Regulating Big Tech
What happens when technology is faster than the law?

[Salon Books] Hate spreads in Trump’s America: “We need to root out white supremacy just like the cancer it is”
Salon talks to Arjun Singh Sethi about helping hate crime victims speak out in his new book “American Hate”

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A long overdue #MeToo moment
It is long past time to play hard for Team Feminism and win

[Salon Books] Team USA fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad: “I’ve been detained by U.S. customs and I’m an Olympic medalist”
As the first Muslim-American to medal at the Olympics, fencing star Muhammad has spent a lifetime smashing barriers

[The Millions] The Torture Box: A Critical Look at Flannery O’Connor and Her Disproportionate Retributions
In a word cloud of writing about Flannery O’Connor’s stories, “grotesque” would be central, medium-large. The word is typically applied to the characters in her stories, whose spiritual deformities are often represented—in lazy and problematic authorial shorthand—by some kind of physical

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Plotting to gerrymander
Republicans in some states are mobilizing to protect their ability to continue rigging election maps

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The ultimate Republican long con
What goes on outside Trump rallies is an American nightmare

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Conde Nast reports big losses; Sarah Jeong under fire for old tweets
According to the New York Times, Conde Nast lost $120 million last year because of a sharp decline in print ad revenue. The company has tried to cut costs—including laying off eighty employees last year—but is still in the red. Conde Nast is said be selling the magazines Golf Digest, W, and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The new Republican plan to deregulate America
Republicans can’t even cut red tape correctly

[Book Forum] VIDEO: YA author panel: Social Justice Warriors – Redefining Youthful Rebellion

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In the spotlight
No one is original

[The Millions] Geopolitics and Sex, Geography and Desire: On Amitava Kumar’s ‘Immigrant, Montana’
In his new novel Immigrant, Montana, Amitava Kumar’s narrator admits to considering at least three other titles for the book we are now fortunate to hold in our hands. One: Migrants, clear and simple. Another: The Man Without a Nation. The third: The History of Pleasure, a phrase borrowed from

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump’s preposterous
The presidency is revealing who Trump has always been

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Today’s masculinity
It’s time for men to stop worrying about who they are, and start thinking about what they do

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Socialism is having a moment in the sun
Are today’s young, Bernie-inspired leftist intellectuals really just New Deal liberals?

[Salon Books] She’s running: “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win” is the essential political novel for the 2018 midterms
Jo Piazza’s lively and insightful fictional campaign trail book shows how the media fails women running for office

[The Millions] The Millennial Resurgence of Eve Babitz
For Buzzfeed Rachel Vorona Cote explores Eve Babitz and the white literary It Girl. “Readers, particularly literary women in their twenties and thirties, seem to be entranced by this child of Hollywood, who unabashedly relished her LA milieu and both chronicled and defended its paradoxes. But

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jill Soloway’s Amazon Imprint Acquires Its First Two Titles
Jill Soloway’s new, Amazon-backed imprint, Topple—which will publish books by women of color and writers who identify as gay, queer, bi, trans, and gender nonconforming—has acquired its first two books: LGBTQ advocate Precious Brady-Davis’s I Have Always Been Me and Lucille Scott’s An

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Lapstrake by Ross Cogan
A hymn to the unassuming skill that brings humanity into graceful sync with nature may be a lesson learned too lateLapstrakeHere you can walk across mudstone and mudflat, through sedge into a river grownfat as now, forgetting the tithe of landtaxed from its banks, it ponders borders withthe fierce

[The Millions] On Saying: Finding the Language to Describe Chronic Pain
1. I’ve always been wary of oversharing with my husband. I often tell my friends my news before I tell him. I base this on something I read a long time ago that stuck in me, something about keeping boundaries with the people you love so as not to overrun their love with too much knowing, to keep

[Salon Books] Historian on comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler: “My resistance … is being overcome”
Historian Richard Frankel, an expert on Nazi Germany, says history doesn’t have to repeat itself — if we stop it

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump at a precarious moment
Investigate Republicans for colluding with Trump to obstruct justice

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trade warrior Trump
The long-term costs of the Trump administration’s trade war

[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: We have a child-care crisis
There needs to be a public commitment to easing the burdens of parenthood

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Maybe it’s time
This much evidence

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Ottessa Moshfegh | My Year of Rest and Relaxation

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In post-Soviet Russia
Russia understands

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Gender politics of power
Gender as a historical kind

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Theorizing in international relations
Political thought, international relations theory and international political theory

[Salon Books] “Chapo Guide to Revolution” hints at a burgeoning leftist culture going mainstream
Much like the Labor era’s cultural front, the online left is driving culture — and the Chapo book is its bible


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