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How does Ian McEwan pull off Hamlet told by a fetus in 'Nutshell'?

Thesis: The idea behind Ian McEwan’s new novel, “Nutshell”— an imagining of the events leading up to “Hamlet” (Gertrude and Claudius plotting to and then going ahead with killing King Hamlet) set in modern London, with the three principal parts played by John and Trudy and Claude (poet, trophy...

Cultural appropriation: It's about more than pho and sombreros

College students in blackface. A white chef telling people how to eat Vietnamese pho. Students of color who consider bad sushi in the dining hall to be a cultural insult. A white writer writing about nonwhite people in a clumsy fashion. These are some of the incidents of “cultural appropriation,”...

The price of free speech in Bangladesh

In February this year the authorities in Bangladesh took Shamsuzzoha Manik, a 73-year-old publisher, into custody for publishing a book titled “Islam Bitorko” (“Debate on Islam”).  His arrest and the shutting down of his stall marked a sour moment in the nation’s largest book fair, Ekushey Boi...

John Scalzi on writing great big books

Writer Alan Moore, perhaps best known for the classic “Watchmen” graphic novel, has this month released a novel, “Jerusalem,” to generally very positive reviews. There are many words to describe the novel (“epic,” “Joycean,” “vast,” and “show-offingly brilliant” are some of them) but the one word...

Jay McInerney on brightness, couples and catastrophe

A moth to the flame, Jay McInerney is attracted to brightness. His new book, “Bright, Precious Days,” is his third to feature some form of the word. The first to do so was his debut novel, “Bright Lights, Big City,” which remains the quintessential documentation of the New York scene in the early...

China's most popular science fiction writer, Cixin Liu, brings his spectacular trilogy to an end

It’s a good time to be an alien hunter. In August astronomers discovered Proxima b, a potentially life-supporting planet only 4.2 light-years away. Not long after, news surfaced of a possible signal coming from HD164595, a star in the Hercules constellation, first noticed by Russian scientists...

'The Dark Tower' companion TV series will include Idris Elba

The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” is getting closer and closer with the 2017 February release. And as the premiere date approaches so do the new details on the expansive world planned for this massive book series translation. Part of that plan is a TV series that explores...

Will winning the MacArthur fellowship allow Lauren Redniss to give up her Murphy bed studio?

Lauren Redniss was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship for her nonfiction graphic storytelling, work that is both grounded and distinctly artful. “Radioactive,” about the relationship between Pierre and Marie Curie and their scientific discoveries, was a finalist for the National Book Award; it was...

Josh Kun, new MacArthur fellow: We use food and music to draw boundaries, but also cross them

Josh Kun was awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship for his work as a cultural historian, using ephemera and pop culture artifacts to explore who we — particularly we Angelenos — are. Kun, a professor at USC, is the author of the books “To Live and Dine in L.A.” and “Songs in the Key of Los...

Poet Claudia Rankine says of her MacArthur, 'the prize is being given to the subject' of race in America

Poet Claudia Rankine was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship grant for her work that engages with contemporary American culture, particularly issues of race. Her most recent book, 2014’s  “Citizen,” racked up stacks of awards for its searing take on the personal and political, including the death...

Sarah Stillman will use her MacArthur to support her long-form journalism

Sarah Stillman has been named a MacArthur Foundation fellow for her long-form investigative journalism which explores issues of social justice in oft-overlooked communities. A staff writer at the New Yorker who has written about immigrant children being kidnapped near the U.S.-Mexico border, low-wage...

Maggie Nelson, new MacArthur fellow, says, 'You've just got to do what each book demands'

Maggie Nelson has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow for her work that blends frank autobiography with criticism and philosophy. A poet who leads the MFA program at CalArts, Nelson’s work wrestles with issues of gender, LGBT theory, art and violence; her most recent books are the award-winning...

Gene Leun Yang wins a MacArthur grant 'out of left field, but in the best way'

Gene Luen Yang was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship for his work as a graphic novelist and cartoonist. The week the fellowship was announced, the former high school teacher was set to embark on the book tour for the second in his series of comics for middle graders, “Secret Coders,” designed to...

These authors are in the running for the $50,000 Kirkus Prize book awards

The Kirkus Prizes, which at $50,000 each are among the most lucrative literary prizes in the country, announced their finalists Tuesday morning. The awards, sponsored by the book review magazine Kirkus Reviews, are given in three categories: fiction, nonfiction and young readers' literature. There...

George R.R. Martin teases a possible 'Game of Thrones' prequel at the Emmys

Backstage at the Emmys, George R.R. Martin got his fans’ hopes up again. Martin, of course, is the author of the “Song of Ice and Fire” book series — in other words, the books that form the basis for HBO’s award-winning "Game of Thrones." After "Game of Thrones" won the Emmy for best drama series...

A very real take on turning 60, written with wit and verve

“Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?” Ian Brown The Experiment: 320 pp., $24.95 As a cranky wit and a wondrous observer, Ian Brown has a compelling take on the joys and agonies of growing older. His pleasures are your pleasures, and his...

How do we make America great? 'Necessary Trouble' and 'Against Democracy' take contrasting views

Talking about how not normal the 2016 election is has become a journalistic tic. A new chunk of populist insanity, electoral bombast, or repetitive tragedy blasts out of the 24-hour news pipe; the nation reacts, and also doesn’t react. As we scrape the sweat from this most recent Hottest Month...

In Yuri Herrera's hard-boiled 'The Transmigration of Bodies,' dirty work is providence

“The border used to be an actual place,” wrote poet Albert Dios, “but now, it is the act of a thousand imaginations.” In 2015’s brilliant “Signs Preceding the End of the World,” Mexican novelist Yuri Herrera proved himself to be one of the brightest and fiercest of those imaginations, almost preternaturally...

Counterpoint hands the keys to Catapult

One of the largest literary publishers of the West — west of the Hudson River, Counterpoint’s Charlie Winton points out, that doesn’t operate as a nonprofit — has merged with fledgling New York publisher Catapult. When the companies announced the deal earlier this month, it came as a surprise....

Actress Mara Wilson has a memoir. She's not Matilda anymore.

When Mara Wilson was a little girl, Hollywood couldn’t get enough of her. She was one of those child actors who seemed preternaturally mature. Her vocabulary was surprisingly expansive. She could carry on full-blown conversations with adults. And she appeared to be in full control of her emotions,...

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