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[Book Forum] Claudia Rankine’s new play; Nicaraguan poet, revolutionary, and priest Ernesto Cardenal (1926–2020)
The Nicaraguan poet, priest, and revolutionary soldier /www.dw.com/en/nicaraguan-poet-and-priest-ernesto-cardenal-dies/a-52601149> Ernesto Cardenal has died. A production of Help, Claudia Rankine’s

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Winterpause by Naomi Foyle
This homage to the melancholy singer Nico makes striking connections with German historyWinterpause‘The hours since I saw you lastHave left me in an unknown past’Nico Continue reading...

[The Millions] Novel Moves: Wrestling in Recent Fiction
The only two things that were real in pro wrestling were the money and the miles.—Chris McCormick, The Gimmicks Wrestling is true and genuine and great.—Gabe Habash, Stephen Florida The figure-four leg lock, my favorite professional wrestling move, is quite simple: spread apart the legs of your

[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

[The Millions] Nightmares, Dreams, and God: The Millions Interviews Jeff Sharlet
Early in This Brilliant Darkness, the new book of essays and profiles by Jeff Sharlet, we see a photo and short profile of Mike, a 34-year-old night baker at Dunkin’ Donuts. This is his final shift. He’s going to paint the walls of a church, high up on a ladder: “You can’t be afraid up

[The Millions] Time Traveling in Octavia Butler’s ‘Kindred’
First published in 1979, Octavia E. Butler‘s Kindred remains a touchstone of speculative fiction. For Ploughshares, Kat Solomon takes a closer look at how Butler uses time travel to reckon with the main character’s family history of slavery in the antebellum South. “Like much

[Salon Books] "Watergate Girl" Jill Wine-Banks: I investigated Richard Nixon — and Donald Trump is much worse
Jill Wine-Banks, the only woman on the Watergate prosecution team, says Trump is clearly worse than Nixon

[Book Forum] The Wall
In a campaign that included many startling pronouncements, Trump’s pledge to build the wall in June 2015 became the iconic phrase that stitched together a right-wing nationalist tapestry of resentment,

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Erdrich, Enright, McBride, Unferth, Ripatrazone, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Louise Erdrich, Anne Enright, James McBride, Deb Olin Unferth, our own Nick Ripatrazone, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: which climate science fiction should we read in March?
From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, the genre has been worrying over climate change for centuries. Please help choose one from many novelsFor this month’s reading group, we’re after nominations for science fiction books that have something to say about the climate crisis.It’s been a while

[Book Forum] Women's Prize for Fiction longlist announced; Tyler Cabot launches news-inspired fiction website
The longlist /www.theguardian.com/books/2020/mar/03/womens-prize-for-fiction-lines-up-heavy-hitters-on-2020-longlist> for the Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced yesterday. Nominees include Angie

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: March 2020
Here are seven notable books of poetry publishing this month. Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod by Traci Brimhall With each successive book, there’s even more grandness to Brimhall’s narrative voice. She writes with a commanding sense, with some poems feeling like the voice beaming to

[Salon Books] Trump's Christian right worships power more than they worship God
In "The Power Worshippers," Katherine Stewart shows what really motivates the Christian right — and it's not Jesus

[Salon Books] Legal abortion is gone for many women, but the problem is about to get exponentially worse
Author Carole Joffe spoke with Salon about how we're already in a post-Roe v. Wade world, despite a March 4 case

[The Millions] March 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. Let us know what you’re looking

[Book Forum] PEN/Faulkner finalists announced; Deb Olin Unferth on writing animals
The winners of this year’s PEN America awards were announced /lithub.com/small-presses-win-big-at-this-years-pen-america-literary-awards/> earlier this week. Yiyun Li’s Where Reasons End won the Jean

[Guardian Books Blog] Appropriation or plagiarism? Booker novel poses difficult question
International Booker prize nominee Willem Anker has made use of Cormac McCarthy’s fiction - but is this sufficiently acknowledged?Writing in the Observer in 1980, Martin Amis took to task a young New York-based writer, Jacob Epstein, for plagiarising him. In Wild Oats, Epstein had taken not just

[The Millions] Lucy Ellmann’s 45-Hour Audiobook
Lucy Ellmann’s Booker Prize-nominated novel, Ducks, Newburyport, is 1,030 pages of stream of consciousness writing narrated by an Ohio housewife—not exactly the kind of book one easily translates into the audio format. Yet actress Stephanie Ellyne was tasked with just that, as Laura Snapes at

[The Millions] Confronting Hypocrisy on the Page: On Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘We Are the Weather’
The bookseller’s baby was three months old, and when the weather turned colder she realized she owned exactly one pair of pants that fit. We lamented the high cost of ethical clothing and how hard it was to justify when one’s body was in transition. We agreed it was all too easy to give in to

[Book Forum] ViacomCBS planning to sell Simon & Schuster; Hilary Leichter on the gig economy
At Literary Hub, Kristin Iversen talks to /lithub.com/hilary-leichter-on-the-derangements-of-late-capitalism/> Hilary Leichter about capitalism, the gig economy, and what inspired her to write her new

[The Millions] On the Road with Héctor Tobar
On a recent morning at his home in Los Angeles, Héctor Tobar, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and expert chronicler of the Latino experience, sat down with a bowl of oatmeal he’d whipped up for breakfast after dropping his daughter off at school. He wants to talk about the day he encountered

[The Millions] The Spirit of Community and Collaboration
When it comes to my favorite writers, I keep up to date with what they’re writing, winning, saying, doing—you get it. Yes, I’m the type of person who has Google alerts set up for multiple writers (Claudia Rankine, Renee Gladman, Amina Cain, and Tiphanie Yanique, to name a few) and, if they are

[Book Forum] Brandon Taylor on not writing for the white gaze; Jessi Jezewska Stevens on passive protagonists
At Literary Hub, Jessi Jezewska Stevens reflects /lithub.com/the-hidden-power-of-the-passive-protagonist/> on the passive protagonist. “Passive protagonists can ruin things for any number of reasons.

[The Millions] A Brief History of Library Theft
“In 2009, a millionaire named Farhad Hakimzadeh was found guilty of stealing individual pages from ancient books from both the British Library and Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Using a scalpel, he carefully stripped out pages from 16th- and 17th-century tomes, including a 500-year-old map

[Salon Books] Hachette employees protest publisher's decision to release Woody Allen memoir
Ronan Farrow has indicated that he will cut ties with Hachette Book Group over its decision to publish the memoir

[Salon Books] "Spirit Run" author Noé Álvarez ran from Canada to Guatemala on "the longest prayer in the world"
Salon talks to the author about Peace and Dignity Journeys, writing 15 years later, and the hard work of allyship

[Salon Books] Can multi-party democracy break us out of the "doom loop" of American politics?
Author Lee Drutman on how to escape the era of hyper-partisanship — and end the endless wars of American politics

[Salon Books] "Riot Baby" author on his novel of black superpowers: "I don't want justice. I want vengeance"
Tochi Onyebuchi spoke to Salon about writng about white supremacy that's not for the white gaze

[Salon Books] March to the shelves for these new books: Recommended reading for spring break and beyond
Salon previews the month in publishing and takes a closer look at 6 new books coming out in March

[Salon Books] Isaac Asimov, the candy store kid who dreamed up robots
Our most durable ideas about robots don’t come from science, but the imagination of sci-fi pioneer Isaac Asimov

[Book Forum] Jonathan Escoffery Wins the Plimpton Prize
Kerry Howley, author of the cage-fighting classic Thrown, has written a piece about Elizabeth Warren’s takedown of Michael Bloomberg (“perfect brutality /www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/06/elizabeth-warren-2020-campaign-122966>”),

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: February 2020
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: The Idler by Alice Dunbar Nelson
This study of a man who stands back from worldly haste and ambition gives the busy reader pauseThe IdlerAn idle lingerer on the wayside’s road,He gathers up his work and yawns away;A little longer, ere the tiresome loadShall be reduced to ashes or to clay. Continue reading...

[Salon Books] Former Bush White House lawyer Richard Painter: "Trump will grab as much power as he possibly can"
Former GOP ethics lawyer Richard Painter says Trump is the "American Nero," and democracy is in extreme danger

[Guardian Books Blog] Need cheering up right now? Try reading a romance novel
Bestseller Milly Johnson calls the genre ‘aloe vera on anxious lives’ – and it has kept me going sometimes. Here are my favourites to swoon overLast week, bestselling novelist Milly Johnson launched a blistering broadside against those who denigrate romance books. They are “the glorious

[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

[The Millions] Questioning Her Own Questioning: On Leslie Jamison’s ‘Make It Scream, Make It Burn’
“The impulse to escape our lives is universal,” Leslie Jamison writes in her new essay collection, Make It Scream, Make It Burn, a book—both directly and indirectly—full of methods to escape the doldrums of daily existence: virtual-world games, travel, near-mythic sea creatures, fairy tales,

[The Millions] Virginia Woolf on the Runway
Literature and fashion have a long history of inspiring each other, as seen in a list compiled by Jessica Heron-Langton for Dazed magazine. Mary Shelley, Anthony Burgess, Stephen King, and H.G. Wells: these authors’ books have inspired various fashion collections in recent decades. It’s

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Solnit, Nguyen, Russell, South, Mantel, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Rebecca Solnit, Kevin Nguyen, Kate Elizabeth Russell, Mary South, Hilary Mantel, 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] Make Room! Make Room! is our reading group book for March
Set in the then distant future of 1999, Harry Harrison’s classic dystopia, which inspired the film Soylent Green, is your climate-crisis fiction choiceHarry Harrison’s Make Room! Make Room! has come out of the hat and will be the subject of this month’s reading group.This classic work of

[Book Forum] National Magazine Awards postponed; Ann Napolitano on obsessions
The National Magazine Awards ceremony has been postponed /nypost.com/2020/03/09/national-magazine-awards-ceremony-in-brooklyn-postponed-due-to-coronavirus/> due to COVID-19 concerns, the New York Post

[The Millions] Laying Cromwell to Rest: The Millions Interviews Hilary Mantel
With the publication of Wolf Hall—the first book in what was to become a trilogy chronicling the life of Thomas Cromwell, the lowborn man who became one of Henry VIII’s closest advisers—in 2009, novelist Hilary Mantel became a global superstar. Three years later, its sequel, Bring Up the

[Salon Books] "I'm not getting over violence against women": Rebecca Solnit discusses her new anti-memoir
"All of our stories exist in context," Solnit says about her new book, which examines violence in women's lives

[The Millions] Crooked Lines of God: On Christian Wiman
Deus escreve direito por linhas tortas, goes the Portuguese saying: “God writes straight with crooked lines.” The sentiment inspired Brother Antoninus, a Dominican lay brother from California, to publish a book of poems titled Crooked Lines of God in 1959. “God writes straight,” Antoninus

[Book Forum] Lambda Literary Award finalists announced; Glenn Greenwald writing new book on Brazilian corruption
The finalists /www.lambdaliterary.org/awards/current-finalists/> for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards were announced yesterday. Nominees include Kristen Arnett’s Mostly Dead Things, Bryan Washington’s

[The Millions] Bill Buford’s Stint in Hell’s Kitchen
Bill Buford is sorry, but he’s running late. This, perhaps, isn’t surprising. He’s supposed to be at lunch at a Midtown Manhattan bistro to discuss his new book, Dirt, which is also behind schedule. In it, he chronicles his epic free-fall into French cuisine, and his family’s experience

[The Millions] Karen Russell and the Hungry Ghosts
For WealthSimple, Karen Russell recounts finishing her next book in the midst of being pregnant with her second child, and the financial and time calculations that must be done in order to get to that last page. “Writing has always been a matter of survival for me,” Russell writes.

[Salon Books] "My Dark Vanessa" author: Canceling Nabokov's "Lolita" is "missing the point" of society's problem
Salon talks to Kate Elizabeth Russell about her long path to writing one of 2020's biggest and most urgent novels

[Book Forum] A Revolution of Artistic Values
Part of a political revolution toward socialism will necessitate a revolution of values. Those values won’t come from the top down but from culture up. We can use Denning’s notion of a “cultural

[The Millions] On Pandemic and Literature
Less than a century after the Black Death descended into Europe and killed 75 million people—as much as 60 percent of the population (90% in some places) dead in the five years after 1347—and an anonymous Alsatian engraver with the fantastic appellation of “Master of the Playing Cards” saw


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