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[Salon Books] Aliens are hot right now. How hot? Science fiction romance scratches the Area 51 itch
Sexy vampires had a good run, but "hunky blue aliens falling in love with Earth women" are having a moment now

[Book Forum] This season's art books.
Feminist, Fluxus, and experimental-music scholars, rejoice. This facsimile edition of WOMENS WORK (Primary Information, $24), the first publication to bring together textual scores exclusively by women,

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Ignotum per Ignotius by Anonymous
Amid the gleeful surrealism, this 18th-century verse relays a palpable anger that resonates with contemporary turmoil Continue reading...

[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 them Are 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

[Salon Books] As billionaires prep for the apocalyptic "Event," what happens to everyone else?
Salon talks to Rob Sheridan about "High Level," his DC comic about income inequality and the post-apocalypse

[Book Forum] Sept/Oct/Nov 2019

[Book Forum] Remembering Broadway's most iconic leading lady.
In the summer of 2006, at the peak of an unbearable heat wave stifling most of the Northeast, my parents filed into an unair-conditioned black-box theater in the Catskills to see a summer camp production

[Book Forum] How film informed Ronald Reagan’s worldview
“IF IT WAS A FRIDAY NIGHT, the president’s hair would look much softer and shinier than usual, because he had washed it that afternoon,” Mark Weinberg remembers in Movie Nights with the Reagans, his

[Book Forum] To Bust You Shall Return
All four of Nicholas Lemann’s major books examine crucial episodes of American history through the prism of lives that shaped or were shaped by that history. In 1991’s The Promised Land, Mississippians

[Book Forum] No child grows up wanting to be a management consultant
When Americans talk about inequality, we prefer to skip over an important foundational question: Are richer people better than poorer people? In general the unspoken assumption is yes. Conservatives

[Book Forum] Reconsidering cult novelist Charles Wright
The decades of near-silence that came in the wake of Charles Wright’s trilogy of short novels seem almost as aberrant and disquieting as the novels themselves. Wright died of heart failure at age

[Book Forum] Zadie Smith’s beautiful dark twisted fantasies
The erstwhile wunderkind has been coping with the onset of middle age for four books now. The novels NW (2012) and Swing Time (2016) were about the ways youth slips away, among other things: friendship,

[Book Forum] Jess Row examines the ways race hides in writing
Novelist and teacher Jess Row has been thinking about racial identity for a while. That idea winds through his two story collections--The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost--and is central to

[Book Forum] Anne Boyer’s memoir of living with breast cancer
“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, at the age of forty-one,” the poet Anne Boyer writes early in her panoramic, book-length essay The Undying. Elemental and unadorned, the sentence does not

[Book Forum] Natasha Stagg observes the opulent emptiness of 2010s New York
It is probably unfashionable to begin a review with a reference to Sex and the City, but Natasha Stagg has given me tacit permission to do so--she cites the show in the first sentence of her new book,

[Book Forum] Leslie Jamison’s ego-relinquishing essays
A writer can be said to have reached the stratosphere of literary stardom when her tattoo is almost as well known as her creative output. The phrase Leslie Jamison has printed across her arm--Homo sum:

[Book Forum] A remembrance of an art world past
Peter McGough met David McDermott in a Manhattan theater at the end of the 1970s and the rest is history. McDermott was famous downtown for having odd manners and donning outdated formalwear, including

[Book Forum] Peel Slowly and See
This is a great book by a great person, so let’s get logistics out of the way: Lou Sullivan was America’s first “officially” gay trans man; he started keeping a journal at age eleven, with the hope

[Book Forum] In her memoir, Debbie Harry argues that Blondie were punker than punk.
For every thirty-year-old with a personal-essay collection consisting of totally normal experiences, there’s a figure whose life is so suited to becoming material that writing a memoir is not really

[Book Forum] How TV became president.
Soon after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2015, a New York Times editor told reporter Amy Chozick that the paper wasn’t going to bother assigning any of its political gumshoes

[Book Forum] Two books on a deadly virus
Ebola “begins as a mystery story,” as the science writer David Quammen puts it in his excellent 2014 primer Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus, which expands on a chapter from

[Book Forum] Richard Diebenkorn: A Retrospective
WITH ITS SOFT YET VIBRANT YELLOWS AND REDS in a floral-patterned wallpaper set against an array of angular blues, Recollections of a Visit to Leningrad, a 1965 painting by Richard Diebenkorn, evidences

[Book Forum] Lubaina Himid: Work From Underneath
THE LONDON ART WORLD IN THE 1980S was “hedonistic, greedy, self-serving, go-getting opportunistic mayhem,” Lubaina Himid remembered in 2001. “Everyone who shook or moved in artistic semicircles or

[Book Forum] Ben Lerner’s novel of family, male rage, and the roots of the new Right
A t the midpoint of D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love occurs one of the really extraordinary hidden scenes in English literature. Ursula and Gudrun are the young protagonists, figuring out their ambitions,

[Book Forum] The disquieting fiction of Nancy Hale
We all know that men don’t understand women. How could they? Women spend the whole time trying to understand themselves. “I specialize in women,” the writer Nancy Hale said in 1942. “Women puzzle me.”

[Book Forum] Ingeborg Bachmann’s novel of war, passion, and dread
On October 17, 1973, Ingeborg Bachmann--the Austrian poet, novelist, librettist, and essayist--succumbed to burns sustained three weeks prior when she, tranquilizers swallowed and cigarette in hand,

[Book Forum] In his second novel, Caleb Crain looks back at the utopian potential of Occupy Wall Street
In the eight years since a small group of anti-capitalist activists set up camp in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street has generated its own literary subgenre: Jonathan Lethem’s Dissident Gardens, Ben

[Book Forum] Two new books on the politics of reproduction
As the earth melts, societies age, and economies slow, a narrative of humanity’s inevitable decline has settled in and calcified. It seems as though there’s no story left to tell but that of a slow

[Book Forum] How Hollywood films informed Ronald Reagan’s worldview
“IF IT WAS A FRIDAY NIGHT, the president’s hair would look much softer and shinier than usual, because he had washed it that afternoon,” Mark Weinberg remembers in Movie Nights with the Reagans, his

[Book Forum] Nicholas Lemann revisits the American Dream and traces the causes of the Great Recession
All four of Nicholas Lemann’s major books examine crucial episodes of American history through the prism of lives that shaped or were shaped by that history. In 1991’s The Promised Land, Mississippians

[Book Forum] Debbie Harry argues that Blondie were punker than punk
For every thirty-year-old with a personal-essay collection consisting of totally normal experiences, there’s a figure whose life is so suited to becoming material that writing a memoir is not really

[Book Forum] Corey Robin teases out the philosophy of Clarence Thomas
TAKE A MINUTE NOW to write down the first associations that come to your mind regarding Clarence Thomas. You might note that he represents the extreme right wing of the Supreme Court and that, beginning

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Keret, Solnit, Truong, Cruz, Rushdie, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Etgar Keret, Rebecca Solnit, Monique Truong, Angie Cruz, Salman Rushdie, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[Guardian Books Blog] Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is September's reading group book
Our fun reading for this month is Winifred Watson’s 1938 caper following a poor governess as she discovers ‘the way of sin’Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson has come out of the hat and will be the subject of the reading group this September. First published in 1938, hindsight

[Book Forum] Booker Prize shortlist announced; Carmen Maria Machado on Beth March
The Booker Prize shortlist has been announced />. The finalists include Salman Rushdie, Lucy Ellmann, Bernardine

[The Millions] Man Booker Prize Names 2019 Shortlist
The 2019 Man Booker Prize shortlist is here! The literary prize, among the most prestigious of its kind, aims “to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.” (Feel free to brush up on the longlist before

[Salon Books] Please shut up, Mr. President, and read some books
EB White and James Thurber could teach Trump — and us — a thing or two

[The Millions] The Space Between Silence & Enough: Featured Poetry by Nick Flynn
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from I Will Destroy You by Nick Flynn. His books are often God-haunted, with doubt and faith giving breath to each other. Flynn has said that he writes “about Jesus quite a lot, he’s appeared in nearly every book I’ve written, it

[Guardian Books Blog] The Booker prize shortlist resists easy reading
From the detonation of the domestic in Ducks, Newburyport to Don Quixote’s reincarnation in Quichotte, this year’s finalists challenge our assumptionsIn an accelerated age, the best response is to take your time. There is no choice with Ducks, Newburyport, Lucy Ellmann’s 1,000-page plus novel,

[The Millions] ‘Cantoras’: Featured Fiction from Carolina De Robertis
In our latest edition of featured fiction—curated by our own Carolyn Quimby—we present an excerpt from Carolina De Robertis’s new novel, Cantoras, out today from Knopf. In it’s starred review, Kirkus raved: “Rich and luscious, De Robertis’ writing feels like a living thing, lapping

[The Millions] September 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—for more

[Book Forum] Chanel Miller writing a memoir; The New York Times pulls sponsorship from Oil and Money conference
Emily Doe, the woman whose statement /> at Brock Turner’s sentencing for assaulting her went viral

[The Millions] How to Write the Perfect Five-Paragraph Essay
It was my job for a time to corral college freshmen, feed them books and then coax from them fits of insight five paragraphs at a time. This I did imperfectly. I asked them to think about their lives to concoct a narrative or descriptive piece from those thoughts. Or I’d place a book or a film in

[The Millions] The Road Trip Novel in the Modern Age
The road trip novel was a part of the literary canon long before On the Road. Over at City Lab, Andrew Small interviews history professor Allen Pietrobon, who discusses the need for updating the canon to include women and people of color. “Historically, a woman who had the money to embark on a

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: September 2019
Here are eight notable books of poetry publishing in September. Forage by Rose McLarney McLarney has been a gifted storyteller since her first book, The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, but I dare say that she’s getting even better, more hypnotic. She’s one of our finest poets of the wild:

[Book Forum] Remembering Jade Sharma
At Catapult, Ruth Curry and Micaela Durand remember /> author Jade Sharma, who died in July at age thirty-nine. “Jade was late

[The Millions] The Lion and the Eagle: On Being Fluent in “American”
“How tame will his language sound, who would describe Niagara in language fitted for the falls at London bridge, or attempt the majesty of the Mississippi in that which was made for the Thames?” —North American Review (1815) “In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book?”

[The Millions] Sprawling Messes Are What I Aim For: The Millions Interviews Chris Ware
The product of 18 years of work, Chris Ware’s graphic novel Rusty Brown is set in a parochial school in 1970s Omaha, Neb. The book will be published in Sept. 24 by Pantheon. Ware’s book takes a plunge into the daily consciousness of his characters—third grader Chalky White; his sister Alice,

[Guardian Books Blog] Doctor Who, Star Wars, Alien … why do we love novelisations?
As a child in the lost age before video on demand, these screen-to-book stories drew me further into sci-fi – as well as many authors working todayThe death this week of Terrance Dicks, the prolific Dr Who writer who penned more than 60 novels extending the TV Time Lord’s adventures, made me

[Book Forum] Bookforum talks with Xuan Juliana Wang
“I wanted to evoke a certain kind of life that would be worthy of future nostalgia.” That’s a line from Xuan Juliana Wang’s story “The Art of Straying Off Course,” but it is also a way of reading all

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