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Writing the Body

For Ploughshares, Emilia Phillips writes about “the corporeality of the lyric.” As she puts it, For some, the act of writing about the body is not necessarily the inclusion of the body as a poem’s subject but the body as the vehicle for the poem. Think of how repetition recalls movement, dancing. Think of how […] The post Writing the Body appeared first on The Millions.

#24in48 Readathon

I’m participating in my first 24in48 readathon. I’ve got a stack picked out I’m beginning the event by finishing This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell, which I’m really enjoying.  I’m going to use this post for all of my readathon activities, adding on to it as I go. Here are my answers to […]

The Writer’s Mimicry

“When is it plagiarism, when is it homage? Especially in creative writing, I get tripped up on this distinction. A trick for writer’s block: write an imitation, steal moves, learn by mimicry. For my own poem-writing, I turn to other texts all the time. Show More Summary

Women’s Artistic Genius

Over at Public Books, Katie Fitzpatrick writes that Dana Spiotta’s Innocents and Others is a novel on women’s artistic genius. Pair with Jason Arthur’s review of the novel. The post Women’s Artistic Genius appeared first on The Millions.

New Black Panther Comic

Year in Reading alumna Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey will be writing a comic book series for Marvel alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Black Panther companion series will be titled World of Wakanda. The post New Black Panther Comic appeared first on The Millions.

North to Alaska in Dave Eggers' new 'Heroes of the Frontier'

Among his bestselling literary fiction peers, Dave Eggers alone is engaged in a sustained effort to write about contemporary America. He’s been going at it so regularly, and so swiftly, that he’s keeping pace with the times, if not getting a half-step ahead. Perhaps he knows what’s next for us:...

The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Leslie Pietrzyk

Think about the stories you have inside that scare you. That’s what you should be writing.

The Legend of Tarzan

The problem with The Legend of Tarzan is that the Tarzan mythos is a tale so steeped in racism, colonialism, and jingoism, that it’s impossible to adapt for a modern audience without being problematic. The movie tries, it really does,...Show More Summary

Staff Picks: A shower speaker, a true-crime podcast, and an excellent sophomore novel

Yatra waterproof speaker If you’re anything like me, you love singing in the shower. (I used to enjoy dancing, too, until a really embarrassing fall disabused me of the desire, a story about which the less is said, the better.) But we live in an apartment with no windows in the bathroom, meaning moisture builds up instantly on everything. Show More Summary

Noah Hawley's 'Before The Fall' Is a Literary Letdown

Book Review - Jackie K Cooper BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley Last year I was mesmerized by the second TV season of "Fargo". This series was created, produced and written by the brilliant Noah Hawley. Having enjoyed Hawley's quirky and intelligent handling of this series, I started his latest novel BEFORE THE FALL with great expectations. Show More Summary

Newswire: Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey join Marvel Comics for World Of Wakanda

Making steps toward remedying contentious behind-the-scenes diversity issues, Marvel Comics has tapped essayist and novelist Roxane Gay and poet Yona Harvey to write for Black Panther companion series World Of Wakanda, the New York Times reports. Show More Summary

What’s the Republican Recruitment Strategy? Racism, Plain and Simple

Election 2016, Donald Trump Tasha Fierce The RNC's political circus in full Trump fervor this week. Photo by ABC/Ida Maw Astute (Creative Commons) This week’s Republican National Convention has exposed a party in disarray. Republicans...Show More Summary

Crime: The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction

Bill Loehfelm’s “Let the Devil Out,” Joseph Finder’s “Guilty Minds” and more.

Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: ‘We Are Not Such Things’

Justine van der Leun talks about “We Are Not Such Things”; and David Goldblatt discusses “The Games: A Global History of the Olympics.”

Inside the List

Daniel Silva’s “The Black Widow,” No. 1 in hardcover fiction, opens with an ISIS bombing in Paris. “I wrote this book as a warning about what was coming,” Silva says.

Fiction: A Novel of Egypt’s ‘Cheated Generation’

Yasmine El Rashidi’s “Chronicle of a Last Summer” is about a heroine’s path to adulthood during and after Mubarak.

Fiction: A Second Mississippi Novel by Brad Watson

Brad Watson’s “Miss Jane” imagines the ways a real woman with a birth defect insisted on her humanity in the old South.

Fiction: Jesse Ball’s New Novel Features a Teenage Arsonist

The unhappy protagonist of Jesse Ball’s “How to Set a Fire and Why” joins an “arson club.”

Fiction: Outlaws Like a Good Book Too

Donald Ray Pollock’s “The Heavenly Table,” a raw, riotous satire set in the rural South of 1917, takes aim at literary snobbery.

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