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Tuesday New Release Day: Jerkins; Malmquist; Shields; Eggers

Out this week: This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins; In Every Moment We Are Still Alive by Tom Malmquist; The Winter Station by Jody Shields; and The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Go read our most recent book preview. Show More Summary

‘Parallel Botany’ in the Age of Alternative Facts

Author and illustrator Leo Lionni is best known for fitting together translucent, tissue shapes into children’s narratives—the first to do so, although his mouse Frederick (1967) was soon joined by Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969). Show More Summary

The Utopias of Ursula K. Le Guin

The revolutionary science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away January 22, understood something important about ideal worlds and societies: Utopia is not perfection. Utopia is process. It is reflection and adjustment, learning and growth. Show More Summary

dear Danez Smith

“But poems are not poems if they make people feel dead. I want people to feel alive – even if it is alive with grief.” The Guardian profiles poet Danez Smith about poetry; race, gender, and queerness; and their poetry collection, Don’t Call Us Dead (a finalist for the National Book Award). Show More Summary

Ten Years in the Making

” I love the shape of words, I love the comet-tail histories of words. I love the roll and crunch of syllables in my mouth.” In Electric Literature, Laura van den Berg interviews R.O. Kwon about religious fanaticism, “unknowing,” and her upcoming debut novel, The Incendiaries. Show More Summary

Decolonizing Our Shelves

“… Stop talking about diversity and start decolonizing our shelves.”At the Winter Institute 2018 (Wi13), keynote speaker Junot Diaz lambasted the publishing industry for talking — but doing little else — about diversity in literature, and implored librarians and booksellers to fill their shelves with diverse books. Show More Summary

William Kelley, a Lost Literary Giant

“I didn’t know who William Kelley was when I found that book but, like millions of Americans, I knew a term he is credited with first committing to print. ‘If You’re Woke, You Dig It’ read the headline of a 1962 Op-Ed that Kelley published in the New York Times, in which he pointed out that … The post William Kelley, a Lost Literary Giant appeared first on The Millions.

The Most Important Scene in CMBYN

Some people may not have realized the Oscar nominated Call Me By Your Name was originally a novel. André Aciman wrote an essay for Vanity Fair on the process of watching his novel adapted into film, in particular what it was like watching the scene he calls the most important come to life. Show More Summary

Why I Read True Crime

For years I have been unsuccessfully recommending true crime books to friends. The second you tell someone you’ve just read a mind-blowing book about Jeffrey Dahmer that they simply must read, they start to back away from you. The first rule of reading true crime, evidently, is that you don’t talk about reading true crime. Show More Summary

Mutually Assured Destruction: Reading and Writing About Nuclear War

1. Imagine organizing a small get-together, a few friends and acquaintances at a neighborhood bar. It’s all very low-key. The day comes; friends arrive. You order cocktails. You chit-chat. In walks the President of the United States, with secret service, trailed by a herd of photographers. Show More Summary

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

Ursula K. Le Guin has died at the age of 88, according to the New York Times and Le Guin’s family. The prolific science fiction and fantasy writer — best known for her Earthsea series and The Left Hand of Darkness — explored themes like politics, gender, religion, and environmentalism. Show More Summary

The Kansas Literary Renaissance: A List

Kansas is experiencing a literary renaissance. The post The Kansas Literary Renaissance: A List appeared first on The Millions.

Slaying Monsters in Fiction

When a monstrous beast appears in a story, then it becomes, at least in part, what that story is about.  The post Slaying Monsters in Fiction appeared first on The Millions.

Tuesday New Release Day: Saadawi; Smith; Aliu; Horn; Knausgaard

Out this week: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi; The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith; Brass by Xhenet Aliu; Eternal Life by Dara Horn; and Winter by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Go read our most recent book preview. Show More Summary

NBCC Announces 2017 Finalists

The National Book Critics Circle announced their 2017 Award Finalists, and the winners of three awards: the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, John Leonard Prize, and Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. The finalists...Show More Summary

A Stay Against Confusion: On Why I Started Writing Poetry Again

When I really want to feel some measure of control, I write poetry. Poetry is shaped, while prose assumes the shape of the page. Other than indents for dialogue and new paragraphs, prose follows the path set by a document’s margins.Show More Summary

Sportswriting: A 2,000-Year History

Sportswriting didn’t start with early 20th-century newspaper columnists talking fast and wearing hats with the word “press” written on the brim. The origins of the genre go way, way back past the historical warning track— hunting stories in pictorial form are on the walls of Lascaux caves. Show More Summary

Ask Zadie Anything

“Fiction is messier. Essay is, for me, an attempt at a kind of clarity. I have a very messy and chaotic mind, but when I’m writing an essay I find I can exert a bit more control over it.” The The Guardian published a Q&A with Zadie Smith with questions from fellow authors, politicians, and fans. Smith’s upcoming … The post Ask Zadie Anything appeared first on The Millions.

The Future by Philip K. Dick

“Still, what he captured with genius was the ontological unease of a world in which the human and the abhuman, the real and the fake, blur together.” An essay in the Boston Review argues the importance of Philip K. Dick‘s literature— where the real and fake intersect and collide — and the world we live in today. Show More Summary

From Day Job to Night Job

“The idea came to Mr. Mallory one night as he sat on his couch watching an old favorite, Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a lamp switch on in the apartment across the street.” Published under a pseudonym,...Show More Summary

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