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[The Millions] Dubrava Ugrešić Looks for Home
1. As her native Yugoslovia became embroiled in war in the early 1990s, Dubrava Ugrešić left. She thought she was leaving for a short time—just a brief visit to Amsterdam. She wound up staying away longer than she planned, as she writes in the opening pages of American Fictionary: “Every day I

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[Book Forum] Philosophical act
Nick Treanor (Edinburgh): The Proper Work of the Intellect /philpapers.org/rec/TRETPW-2>. Rima Basu (Claremont McKenna): What We Epistemically Owe To Each Other /philpapers.org/rec/BASWWE>. Susan

[Book Forum] Power, shamelessness, and sex in Washington, DC
PEOPLE WITH INSTITUTIONAL POWER ARE PATHETIC. We are not supposed to say it; the official story is that political power, in men at least, is glamorous, alluring, thrilling--the ultimate aphrodisiac.

[Book Forum] Bookforum talks with Astra Taylor
The media landscape is awash with concerns about threats to contemporary democracy, Political commentary rightly speaks to very troubling political shifts: President Donald Trump’s undermining of liberal institutions; concerns over Russian election interference; Hungarian Prime Minister

[Salon Books] Neurologist Robert Sapolsky on stress and Donald Trump: Humans are not "inherently rational beings"
MacArthur-winning scientist on Trump as a public health crisis, and why "stress management" isn't enough

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Twickenham Garden by John Donne
Intriguingly attuned to modern science, this acid-spotted Arcadia comes complete with blight, bugs and bad weatherTwickenham GardenBlasted with sighs, and surrounded with tears, Hither I come to seek the spring,And at mine eyes, and at mine ears, Receive such balms as else cure every thing. But O!

[The Millions] Martha Cooper: A Reluctant Icon
1. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival featured a new category called “This Used to Be New York.” One of the category’s three entries was the Australian filmmaker Selina Miles’s debut feature-length documentary, Martha: A Picture Story, about the renowned street photographer Martha Cooper.

[Book Forum] Jeanette Winterson's Modern-Day "Frankenstein"; Herman Wouk (1915-2019)
Herman Wouk /www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/obituaries/herman-wouk-dead.html>, the author of numerous bestsellers, including the World War II epic War and Remembrance, has died at the age fo 103. Jeanette

[Book Forum] Herman Wouk (1915-2019); Jeanette Winterson's Modern-Day "Frankenstein"
Herman Wouk /www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/obituaries/herman-wouk-dead.html>, the author of numerous bestsellers, including the World War II epic War and Remembrance, has died at the age fo 103. Jeanette

[Salon Books] Demolishing the right's "Founding Myth": America was never a "Christian nation"
Author Andrew Seidel on America and the Bible: A country built on rebellion and a book built on obedience

[The Millions] Karen Russell, Short Story Sorcerer
For the release of her new collection, Orange World, Karen Russell spoke to Brian Gresko at Poets & Writers on supernatural metaphors for motherhood, lonely mutants, and the pleasures of world-building. “With short stories it feels possible to hop across time zones and zip into new skins;

[Book Forum] O. Henry Prize winners announced; Dani Shapiro on writing through trauma
At Literary Hub, Michele Filgate talks to /lithub.com/dani-shapiro-on-unraveling-her-familys-history/> Inheritance author Dani Shapiro about structure, trauma, and memoir writing. “I don’t think you

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: O. Henry Prize winners announced; Dani Shapiro on writing through trauma
At Literary Hub, Michele Filgate talks to Inheritance author Dani Shapiro about structure, trauma, and memoir writing. “I don’t think you can write prose from the place of trauma. I think poets can do that, I think that’s what poets do,” she said. “If you think about any moment in your

[Book Forum] Matters for political theory
Luke William Hunt (Radford): Norms, Narratives, and Politics /philpapers.org/rec/HUNNNA>. Cara Nine (UCC): Do Territorial Rights Include the Right to Exclude /

[The Millions] Reading Roberto Bolaño’s Final Wake-Up Call
Before we get too far, I have to be candid: Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 is a book from which one must recover. I’m serious. No book since Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian has left me in such a state of utter, cosmic helplessness. So, if you’re here because you’re trying to decide whether or not

[The Millions] Daniel José Older and Marlon James Aren’t Genre Snobs
For LitHub’s Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, Marlon James and Daniel José Older talk genre (as in, according to James, “that thing creative writing programs don’t know how to teach”), gender identity in ancient Africa, and James’s deep-seated love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

[The Millions] Observers, Bystanders, and Hangers On: Ten Novels with Unlikely Narrators
Many—maybe even most—of my favorite books are novels narrated by an observer who does not consider themselves the main actor in the story. Think Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby’s sort-of friend, the perfect mournfully sardonic narrator for one of American literature’s most enduring novels. I love

[Salon Books] "The Big Bang Theory" and real science, from Leonard's wedding vows to the "Time Machine" prop
How the beloved sitcom talked about science, as seen in "The Matrimonial Momentum" and "The Nerdvana Annihilation"

[Book Forum] Michael Wolff announces new book about Trump administration; Guy Gavriel Kay on his allergy to writing advice
Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff is writing a new book /www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/15/michael-wolff-releasing-sequel-to-fire-and-fury-siege-trump-under-fire> about the Trump administration.

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Michael Wolff announces new book about Trump administration; Guy Gavriel Kay on his allergy to writing advice
Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff is writing a new book about the Trump administration. Siege: Trump Under Fire will be published by Henry Holt on June 4 and focuses “on tensions amid the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged ties between Russian officials and the Trump

[Book Forum] What social science can tell us
Mario Coccia (CNR): An Introduction to the Methods of Inquiry in Social Sciences /papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3219016>. Katherine Hawley (St. Andrews): Social Science as a Guide to

[Book Forum] Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World by Lucy Ives
In Lucy Ives’s second novel, Loudermilk, a charismatic dumbass scams his way into a prestigious MFA poetry program by submitting the work of his antisocial companion. The real writer, who hates the

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World by Lucy Ives
In Lucy Ives’s second novel, Loudermilk, a charismatic dumbass scams his way into a prestigious MFA poetry program by submitting the work of his antisocial companion. The real writer, who hates the sound of his own voice, follows the oversexed, symmetrically featured dumbass to school and

[The Millions] The True Crime Story Behind Lolita
The headline says it all: “Girl Who Was Kidnaped [sic] at 11 Killed at 15 in Auto Crash.”  The newspaper article, dateline Woodbine, N.J., goes on to report: “Florence (Sally) Horner, 15, the victim in a bizarre kidnapping case a few years ago, was killed in an automobile accident

[The Millions] Best Translated Book Awards Names 2019 Finalists
The Best Translated Books Awards today named its 2019 finalists for fiction and poetry. The award, founded by Three Percent at the University of Rochester comes with a $5,000 prize for author and translator alike. In the past seven years, the Amazon Literary Partnership has contributed more

[The Millions] Mariama Bâ, Grande Dame of African Literature
The latest addition to Emma Garman’s excellent column, “Feminize Your Canon,” in the Paris Review features Mariama Bâ, one of the first black African women to achieve international renown as an author. Upon publishing So Long a Letter, “Bâ, who had been a women’s rights

[Salon Books] The physicist's life-changing revelation about religion
"Einstein's Dreams" author Alan Lightman tells about the humanitarian trip that made him a more spiritual person

[The Millions] This New Translation of a Russian Epic Restores What Censors Stole
Vasily Grossman’s novel Stalingrad, newly translated from the Russian by husband and wife Robert and Elizabeth Chandler and publishing in June from New York Review Books, is a book of three parts and 959 pages. It has an introduction, an afterword, and a pleasant forest-green spine. These markers

[Book Forum] Tayari Jones's "Silver Sparrow" optioned by Issa Rae; Taffy Brodesser-Akner on "The Rules"
George RR Martin denied /www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/14/george-rr-martin-scorns-absurd-claims-hes-finished-writing-game-of-thrones> rumors that “he has secretly finished the final two books” of




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