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[The Millions] Virginia Woolf Gazes Backward
For the Paris Review, Lauren Groff takes a closer look at Virginia Woolf‘s second novel, Night and Day. Unlike her more popular novels, like To the Lighthouse and Orlando, this book has a noticeably different tone. “The conversation Virginia Woolf is conducting in her second novel is

[Salon Books] "Nickel and Dimed" for the Amazon age: Inside the hellish new reality of low-wage work
Salon talks to the author of a new book about the low-paying jobs technology has ruined — for the workers, that is

[The Millions] Another Person’s Words: Poetry is Always the Speaker
Blessedly, we are speakers of languages not of our own invention, and as such none of us are cursed in only a private tongue. Words are our common property; it would be a brave iconoclast to write entirely in some Adamic dialect of her own invention, her dictionary locked away (though from the

[Guardian Books Blog] The Truce: how Primo Levi rediscovered humanity after Auschwitz
Shadows from the horrors told in If This Is a Man remain, but this book shows the author finding joy in ordinary life“Nothing belongs to us any more; they have taken away our clothes, our shoes, even our hair; if we speak, they will not listen to us, and if they listen, they will not understand.

[Book Forum] Colson Whitehead on space exploration; Director Oliver Stone writing memoir
Columbia Journalism Review’s Jon Allsop wonders /> why many mainstream media outlets won’t call Trump’s racist remarks about a group of women senators

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Whitehead, Marais, Szalay, Klosterman, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Colson Whitehead, Bianca Marais, David Szalay, Chuck Klosterman and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The

[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

[The Millions] Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2019 Book Preview
We seem to say this every six months or so, but what a year for books. The second half of 2019 brings new novels from Colson Whitehead, Ben Lerner, Jacqueline Woodson, and Margaret Atwood. It brings hotly anticipated first novels by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Wayne Koestenbaum. It brings Zadie Smith’s

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Apology by William Morris
Opening the practical socialist’s 42,000-line epic The Earthly Paradise, this is a pithy tribute to the consolations of poetryApology, from The Earthly ParadiseOf Heaven or Hell I have no power to sing,I cannot ease the burden of your fears,Or make quick-coming death a little thing,Or bring again

[Book Forum] The New Republic Retracts Buttigieg Story
Self-styled “hatchet man” Dale Peck wrote a scathing and personal takedown of Pete Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy at the New Republic on Friday. After an outcry from readers, the story was retracted

[Salon Books] What does being fly mean to Dapper Dan? Liberation
Salon talks to the legendary NYC fashion designer about pre-gentrification Harlem, the Gucci boycott and more

[Salon Books] In Italy, among the literary A-list, I find my own siren song
At a swanky writing workshop, afraid my career is over, I try to square my literary ambition with its built-in risk

[The Millions] To the Moon and Back
For Nature Research, David Seed looks back on more than two millennia of the moon in literature. From Galileo to Jules Verne to Johannes Kepler to Edgar Allan Poe, writers have always been fascinated with fact and fiction regarding the moon. “One lunar-literature pioneer was the

[The Millions] Edwidge Danticat Depicts a New Haiti
“Sometimes people know our most vulnerable places,” Edwidge Danticat says. “Because of that, we do things we know we shouldn’t do—things that have tragic outcomes. This is the kind of conflict that I’m drawn to: people asking very hard questions.” In Danticat’s new collection,

[Book Forum] A social media summit at the White House; Support for Vicky Ward
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[Guardian Books Blog] Fancy buying Philip Roth's stereo? Auction appeals to literary fetishists
A forthcoming sale will cash in on our attraction to anything – but anything – touched by a revered writer. Has bookish bric a brac gone too far?Would you like to own a large straw giraffe and a “shh” sign from the Ritz Carlton, both of which used to sit in the corner of Philip Roth’s

[The Millions] I Am Loudermilk: The Millions Interviews Lucy Ives
In Lucy Ives’s gorgeous and funny second novel Loudermilk—after 2017’s Impossible Views of the World—we follow the adventures of aspiring writer Troy Augustus Loudermilk and his best friend, Harry Rego, as they attempt an audacious con at the country’s most prestigious creative writing

[Book Forum] Michael Eric Dyson writing new book on Jay-Z; Philip Roth's estate goes to auction
Michael Eric Dyson is working on /> a new book about Jay-Z that “wrestles with the biggest theme of his career, hustling, and what it

[The Millions] 13 Songs That Prove Lou Reed Was a Literary Master
Intriguing both bibliophiles and music geeks in one gesture, the New York Public Library recently established a Lou Reed archive that makes accessible hundreds of hours of the man’s labyrinthine audio and video recordings, many photographs taken of and by Reed himself, press clippings from his

[Salon Books] Eve Ensler on Donald Trump, rape culture and the "unreckoned history" of America
"America's next stage," says Eve Ensler, is about "atonement and accountability." Her new book offers an example

[The Millions] At Home with Sara Borjas
Over at Electric Literature, Sara Borjas, author of Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff, reflects on writing about love and identity and building a Latinx community in a candid interview with Leticia Urieta. “As I wrote, and loved, I realized that there was such a power imbalance and

[The Millions] Ibram X. Kendi Has a Blueprint for How to Be Antiracist
There have been millions of pages written about what racism is and who is a racist, but there have been fewer pages devoted to the concept of organizing around antiracism. Now Ibram X. Kendi, a historian at American University, has produced a major work that defines and refines the concept of

[Book Forum] Facts and Mysteries
The novel as found document has a long history. The gothic novels that helped establish the horror genre--think Dracula, think Frankenstein--often take the form of found documents, of reconstructions

[The Millions] Mitchell Zuckoff on Writing His 9/11 Magnum Opus
The seniors graduating from high school this year know what 9/11 is. They know four planes, two towers, 3,000-plus victims, 19 terrorists, Osama bin Laden. They know all of that because they were taught it in history classes. Because, to them, that’s all it is: history. With each passing year, the

[Book Forum] Famed NYC bookseller Michael Seidenberg has died; Mary Gaitskill on #MeToo fiction
After Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for the alleged sex trafficking of minors on Saturday, journalist Vicky Ward claimed />

[The Millions] ‘Let’s Hope for the Best’: Featured Fiction from Carolina Setterwall
In today’s featured fiction, we present our readers with an excerpt from Carolina Setterwall’s debut novel, Let’s Hope for the Best, out today from Little, Brown. Publishers Weekly called the book—in which Setterwall recounts the intensity of falling in love with her partner and the

[The Millions] If You Haven’t Seen ‘Billions’ Yet, You Should
1. The Showtime series Billions finished its fourth season last month. I’ve been watching since the 2016 premiere, but I’ve been a staff writer for The Millions since 2009, so…there was no way that, in my household, we wouldn’t be referring to the show as THE Billions. The Millions founder

[Salon Books] Why the sex lives of "Three Women" are so fascinating: "We're used to listening to men's stories"
Salon talks to Lisa Taddeo about her stunning new reported nonfiction book about women, desire and power

[Guardian Books Blog] Primo Levi brings readers as close as prose can to the horror of Auschwitz
If This Is a Man’s vivid, precisely told story keeps us aware of all the individual tragedies occurring amid the mass barbarity of the campsWhile in Auschwitz, the exhausted and starving Primo Levi was not even granted the reprieve of a night’s sleep. The hours of darkness were, he writes in If

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Ulitskaya, Phillips, Zentner, Savage, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Ludmila Ulitskaya, Helen Phillips, Alexi Zentner, Lila Savage, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want

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