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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #81: Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz’s debut collection, The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, is filled with characters often facing a moral crossroads. The stories contain the unexpected, like a classic Western complete with local brothel as well as a gothic tale.

5 Books That Make Us Love This Planet Even More

Learning all about our wonderful, fascinating world is a walk in the park — literally, if you take one of these listens outdoors with you.

Important for RT: Take Public Transit From the Airport if You Can

RT sent an email about this topic last week, but we have some information from Elizabeth S. that’s pretty important if you’re flying into Atlanta for RT 2017: I noticed they did put the alert in the RT notes sent out today concerning...Show More Summary

The Best Mysteries & Thrillers of April

What a great month for Mysteries & Thrillers. Here is a selection of some of our favorite Mysteries & Thrillers of April.

You Are There

In writing her novel The Last Neanderthal, which published this week, Millions staffer Claire Cameron relied on Jane Smiley’s motto for writing historical fiction: “you are there.” Bonus: Don’t miss our interview with Cameron, in which she describes her many “life-long obsessions.” The post You Are There appeared first on The Millions.

Jeff Vandermeer's new dystopian novel "Borne" is lyrical and harrowing; Elizabeth Hand reviews

“Borne,” Jeff Vandermeer’s lyrical and harrowing new novel, may be the most beautifully written, and believable, post-apocalyptic tale in recent memory: A considerable achievement, considering “Borne” features not just a near-future, nameless city; an enormous, sentient, cataclysmically destructive...

“Let Us Dream” by Alyssa Cole

I don’t know how to start this review other than to say that “Let Us Dream” by Alyssa Cole is really, really good and you should go and buy it immediately. “Let Us Dream” is the story of Bertha, a black suffragette who owns a club in Harlem in 1917, and Amir, an immigrant from Bengal with socialist leanings and a hell of a way in the kitchen. Show More Summary

Granta Made Us Obsessed With “Best Young Novelist” Lists

Once upon a time, in 1983 to be precise, a small U.K. literary journal published a list of what it considered the 20 best novelists in Britain under the age of 40. Lists like Granta’s Best Young British Novelists are now so commonplace—from...Show More Summary

Star Wars Readers: Are You Ready for May the Fourth?

April showers bring May...the Fourth! See which new Star Wars titles—ranging from Thrawn to Han—hit shelves this spring, and get a sneak peek at exciting fall releases.

Newswire: This Black Bolt #1 exclusive traps the Inhuman king in a cosmic prison

Marvel is putting a lot of effort into making the Inhumans a compelling property, and after a lackluster few years of Inhuman stories, the publisher is trying a new direction for these characters. The Inhuman royal family has taken to the stars in the Royals ongoing series, but one prominent member is missing: Black Bolt, the former Inhuman king. Show More Summary

Jessa Crispin Can’t Do It Alone in Why I Am Not a Feminist

Crispin’s writing strikes a tone that at times parallels neoconservative—even alt-right—pundits: commentary peppered with political injunctions, not criticism.

Step up your faith!

Church Members Who Make God Sick Rice 1944 Of course I had to pick up this title. Evidently, you are all making God sick when you blow off church, fail to read the Bible, and a host of other behaviors. Our author wants you to get off your butt and quit phoning in your Christian […]

Surviving Trump: Marc Lamont Hill Wants You to Resist

We have to resist on the streets. We have to fight at every turn. We have to resist through our classroom teaching. We have to resist through the books we write. We have to resist at all times. The post Surviving Trump: Marc Lamont Hill Wants You to Resist appeared first on The Millions.

By the Book: David Grann: By the Book

The author of “The Lost City of Z” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” thinks the president should read “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy, because “it gives a sense of the fragility of the world.”

Nonfiction: Life with a Rare Genetic Disease: The Science, the Suffering and the Hope

Two new books — “Mercies in Disguise” by Gina Kolata and “The Family Gene” by Joselin Linder — look at how individuals cope with devastating genetic diseases.

Guest Squee: Nirvana in Fire

NB: It’s time for a squee!  This is for a Chinese period drama with all sorts of gorgeous scenery and amazing costumes.  The Nirvana in Fire squee comes from Castiron. Castiron spends her days wrangling book metadata and her evenings wrangling yarn and kids. Show More Summary

The wondrous cross

How did the cross, from being such a loathsome taboo that it could scarcely be mentioned, change into an image… See the full story of The wondrous cross on The Spectator.

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