Justin Phillip Reed on monsters and black poetic grotesqueries; why no one likes Holden Caulfield anymore; Margaret Atwood reads Alice Munro; and other news.
Daily News from Poets & Writers
Happy Birthday, Herman Melville; Maylis de Kerangal on the language of the kitchen; the literary nature of the 2019 Central Park Squirrel Census; and other news.
The year’s best-selling novel and an unsolved murder; A. E. Stallings on poetry to outlast the world; Lillian Li on juggling jobs and finding focus; and other news.
Not the Booker Prize longlist; Helen Phillips on taking motherhood seriously; a new focus at the American Booksellers Association; and other news.
The literary longevity of Bruno Schulz; when Nabokov, Pynchon, and Vonnegut wrote book reviews; the mystery of a baby’s first words; and other news.
Macmillan’s plan to limit library access to e-books; Geovani Martins on the voice of Brazil; Megan Rapinoe’s book deal; and other news.
Raquel Salas Rivera on the protests in Puerto Rico; our changing use of the word racist; publisher shelves Boris Johnson’s biography of Shakespeare; and other news.
U.K. Booksellers Association launches environmental manifesto; at home with Herman Melville; why science and poetry go together; and other news.
Salman Rushdie on depicting corruption; New Hampshire poet laureate choice sparks controversy; Laura Lippman’s newspaper novel; and other news.
Colson Whitehead on humor and tragedy; the book that went to the moon and the poem that wasn’t impressed; comics against the Internet; and other news.
Hua Hsu on the stories we tell, and don’t tell, about Asian American lives; Chuck Klosterman’s approach to criticism; ACLU defends activist detained by ICE after reciting poem; and other news.
Books about the Apollo 11 moon landing; Emilia Phillips on the dissociation of body and self; social workers at the library; and other news.
Mitchell S. Jackson on finding his style; the bully of Stranger Things has a poetry podcast; T. C. Boyle on the allure of altered consciousness; and other news.
Chia-Chia Lin on her job impersonating the rich; book and perfume pairings; a tool to analyze sentiment in books; and other news.
The art of the aphorism; David Berman on finding the right line; Charles Simic on James Tate; and other news.
Asian American Writers’ Workshop launches the Witness Program; adrienne maree brown on finding pleasure in activism; publisher Elsevier cuts off University of California access; and other news.
The best-selling books of the year so far; the father writing a new children’s book every day for a year; student scholarships in limbo at the University of Alaska; and other news.
The perils of publishing “heaven tourism” books; Emily Nussbaum’s “Bad Fan” theory; the rise of the critical interview; and other news.
#BookstoresAgainstBorders raises more than $48,000; Microsoft closes e-library; Ayesha Harruna Attah on unearthing the stories of her ancestors; and other news.
Teju Cole on the value of literature and translation; Mary Gaitskill on writing about #MeToo; Yanyi on poetry as the archive of a mental universe; and other news.
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s Independence Day poem; Elisa Gabbert on the “open mode” of longer projects; Garth Greenwell on Iris Murdoch’s gayest novel; and other news.
Independent publisher Deep Vellum acquires two imprints; Rebecca Godfrey and Leslie Jamison talk female rage; a gay pulp fiction archive; and other news.
Backlash to Angie Thomas’s request to not be tagged in negative reviews; Alaska governor slashes university funding; Meghan Daum’s Gen-X lens; and other news.
The policies of self-help author and presidential candidate Marianne Williamson; Tracy K. Smith talks laureate-to-laureate with Scottish makar Jackie Kay; Asian American novelists respond to vintage photographs; and other news.
The Association of American Publishers speaks out against Amazon and Google; N. K. Jemisin on messing with people’s expectations; a handy guide to ancient Greek epitaphs; and other news.