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[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Sarah Hepola on Kavanaugh and Blacking Out; Stormy Daniels’s New Memoir
Sarah Hepola, the author of the memoir Blackout: Remembering the Things I Did I Drank to Forget, considers Brett Kavanaugh’s claim during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week that he has never blacked out from drinking (Hepola calls Kavanaugh’s claim that he has “gone to sleep”

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: The Quiet Snow by Raymond Knister
A Canadian poem that blends modernism with the pastoral reveals a natural calm at work in the city as well as the countryThe Quiet SnowThe quiet snowWill splotchEach in the row of cedarsWith a fineAnd patient hand;Numb the harshness,Tangle of that swamp.It does not say, The sunDoes these things

[The Millions] October 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. Find more October titles at

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Ford-Kavanaugh hearing and the angry politics of now
The collapse of modern conservatism came out most clearly in Kavanaugh’s own testimony

[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] VIDEO: Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Moved under cover
Mapping the terrain

[The Millions] Absence of Inspiration, Absence of God: On Christian Wiman’s ‘He Held Radical Light’
1. One of the themes that speak most powerfully from Christian Wiman’s writings—poems, essays, memoirs—is that of the absence of inspiration or the absence of God. To begin with the first formulation, Wiman concedes of the texts most close to his heart that for page after page after page they

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The racial wealth gap
50 years after his assassination, we are no closer to realizing MLK’s most radical dream

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Chung; Tan; Dubus III; Phillips; Hagy; Grande; Havrilesky; Traister
Out this week: All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung; Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan; Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III; Impossible Owls by Brian Phillips; Scribe by Alyson Hagy; A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande; What If This Were Enough? by Heather Havrilesky;

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: October 2018
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing in October. The Lumberjack’s Dove by GennaRose Nethercott All praise to book-length poems. Nethercott’s yarn begins with a lumberjack who chops off his own hand. “The hand becomes a dove” and tries to fly away, but the lumberjack strings it to

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Women Beyond the Verge
Rebecca Traister’s case for feminist rage

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks to Deborah Eisenberg
Over the span of thirty-two years, Deborah Eisenberg has produced five short-fiction collections, each more emotionally thoughtful and rigorous than the last. Like her past work, Eisenberg’s newest collection, Your Duck Is My Duck, requires not just a reader’s utmost attention, but also a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Ideal and nonideal theory
What’s a political theorist to do?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jemele Hill joins “The Atlantic”; Myriam Gurba on unlikable narrators
Former ESPN broadcaster Jemele Hill is joining The Atlantic as a staff writer. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Hill addressed her departure from the sports network, social media, and being a black journalist in the sports world. “Mike (Smith) and I specifically were called political,

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: what should we read to celebrate the Windrush generation?
This month, we’re looking for books by and about the postwar Caribbean immigrants to the UK and their descendants – what will you choose?This month on the reading group, we want to celebrate the Windrush generation. This was a reader suggestion – and it’s a fine one.Now is a very good time

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Michael Eric Dyson introduces What Truth Sound Like

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Catching up
The importance of the concept

[The Millions] It’s Time We Started Stressing: The Millions Interviews Earl Swift
With his seventh book, Chesapeake Requiem: A Year With the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island, Earl Swift has hit the trifecta sought by all writers of nonfiction but achieved by very few. The book is the fruit of deep-dive, immersive research; it is deftly written, and it raises questions that

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The threat posed by Europe’s far-Right surge
Trumpism in Europe’s mainstream

[Salon Books] Heather Havrilesky asks a radical, essential question: “What If This Were Enough?”
The veteran critic and beloved advice columnist’s new collection of essays is a lifeline built of the toughest love

[The Millions] Little Golden Flower-Room: On Wild Places and Intimacy
This February, on the first day barely warm enough for it, I took off my shoes and set out on the cold, hard mud of a trail through the loess hills in Iowa. I was helping plan my April wedding, sometimes losing sight of the celebration and seeing only tasks to be done. And as excited as I was for

[Guardian Books Blog] Why we need an award for writers who start later in life
Some authors worry they are past it at 30, forgetting the careers of Chandler, Defoe and many others. Which is where the Christopher Bland prize comes inSitting in a coffee shop just around the corner from the publishers, Canongate, of which Christopher Bland had once been chair, members of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The GOP effort to slam through the Kavanaugh nomination
Brett Kavanaugh’s lies are part of the Republican ecosystem

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Nicole Chung on storytelling and adoption
Victoria Namkung talks to Nicole Chung about transracial adoption, motherhood, and her new book, All You Can Ever Know. “Even though it wasn’t the whole truth, I was so comforted and so attached to this origin story I was given. I remember how difficult it was to start challenging that in my own

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Bethany McLean | Saudi America

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: From the start
Actually mind-boggling

[The Millions] Across Geography and History: On Esi Edugyan’s ‘Washington Black’
Washington Black is a terrific new narrative about enslavement, but that description fails to do it justice. Canadian writer Esi Edugyan’s third novel, long-listed for the Booker Prize, is a multi-faceted tale that travels across geography and history. In its rich details and finely tuned ear for

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Future transhuman
The story of humanity and the challenge of posthumanity

[The Millions] Stories Overlooked: The Millions Interviews Chaya Bhuvaneswar
Winner of the 2017 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize, Chaya Bhuvaneswar’s White Dancing Elephants is a daring look at the power of imagination. Bhuvaneswar, a practicing psychiatrist on the East Coast, has created intricate characters who fight back against narratives that limit their existence,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump is the worst person ever to be president
President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Bari Weiss’s book deal; Caitriona Lally wins the Rooney prize
New York Times opinion columnist Bari Weiss has signed a book deal. The New Seven Dirty Words will take “a deep look at our new culture of censorship and censoriousness and makes the case for reviving the virtues that are essential for an open society.” The book will be published by Henry Holt

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Mohsin Hamid | False Starts | Granta Magazine

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Move over
Being evaluated

[The Millions] 2018’s Literary Geniuses
This year’s “Genius grant” winners have been announced. The MacArthur grant awards $625,000 “no strings attached” to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Alongside

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The mood for democracy
Normative and political views on the preconditions of a free democratic society

[The Millions] How to Write a Bestseller
I have a friend—call him Tom—who, like me, is a writer. Tom has written many novels over a long and enviable publishing career, and his novel-writing philosophy, related to me over various drinks at various bars, can be summarized as follows: Write whatever the hell you write, whatever concept

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Kavanaugh debate
With whitewash complete, every Republican will now line up behind Kavanaugh

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Julia Turner leaving Slate; Literary silence on sexual assault
Slate editor in chief Julia Turner is leaving the website for the Los Angeles Times. Turner will take over as the arts and entertainment section deputy managing editor, replacing Mary McNamara, who will go back to writing. Turner will continue to co-host the Culture Gabfest podcast from Los Angeles.

[Book Forum] VIDEO: In Conversation: Sophie Mackintosh | The Water Cure

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: It’s going
Fallout is huge

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Harder to be a teacher in America
Do higher salaries yield better teachers and better student outcomes?

[Salon Books] Mary Poppins can’t return fast enough: An adult in the room is the best fantasy of 2018
Wanted: A nanny for one dysfunctional country trapped in a cycle of toxic masculinity

[Salon Books] Pulitzer-winning reporter Greg Miller on Trump and Russia: We’ve all seen the smoking gun
Washington Post reporter on Trump’s “subservience” to Vladimir Putin and the “subversion of American democracy”

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The New Recipients of the MacArthur Fellowships; The Mile-Long Opera’s Final Night
Tonight is the final performance of David Lang’s immersive Mile-Long Opera: A Biography of 7 O’Clock, which is being performed on the Highline. The audience wanders among the one-thousand performers, who are singing words composed by the poet-essayists Anne Carson and Claudia Rankine.   Fiction

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: A corner of the road, early morning by Norman MacCaig
With precise local detail and metaphorical daring, the poet finds inspiration in his Highland surroundingsA corner of the road, early morning by Norman MacCaigThe thorny lightScratched out a lanky rose bush in the air.Goats had been at it, leaving five flowers there. Continue reading...

[The Millions] Triumphs of Pseudoscientific Reasoning: On Osip Mandelstam’s ‘Journey to Armenia’
1. In 1922, the same year the USSR entered the world, the poet Osip Mandelstam moved to Moscow, hoping to establish himself as a leading voice of the Socialist utopia he’d supported since his teens. Instead, he found himself an outcast. In early Soviet Moscow, writers as daringly erudite as

[Salon Books] Taught to rule: Why elite men like Brett Kavanaugh lie and cheat without consequences
Scholar Adam Howard, author of “Learning Privilege,” on how men like Kavanaugh are trained for domination

[Guardian Books Blog] Not the Booker prize: vote now for the 2018 winner
It’s been a fine competition, and the panel are readying their verdicts. But your choices will be decisive. You have just under a week to pick a favouriteIt’s time to decide the winner of the 2018 Not the Booker prize. Almost. Before we get to the exciting business of taking votes, we need a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: After Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation
Kavanaugh is one more step in America’s cycle of self-destruction


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