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[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: An island left to fend for itself
How badly Trump botched Puerto Rico’s recovery after Maria

[The Millions] Leah Dieterich Talks About Monogamy, iChats, and the Leap to Memoir
Vanishing Twins: A Marriage (Soft Skull Press, 2018) is a rumination on desire, creativity, and the people who complete us. Told in elegant, precise vignettes, author Leah Dieterich uses ballet, philosophy, pop culture, and literature to gently tilt and examine the many facets of her identity.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Hard to escape
At least half non-natural

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Walter Rodney’s Russian Revolution

[Guardian Books Blog] Why Killing Eve is keeping our love of TV adaptations alive
Based on Luke Jennings’ novella series, Killing Eve has delivered a body blow in the battle between TV adaptations and original dramaThis autumn’s rich array of TV drama has pitted original fare against adaptations. On one side, Bodyguard, Black Earth Rising, Press, Strangers; on the other,

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Man Booker shortlist announced; Eileen Myles on Twitter and poetry
Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room, Richard Powers’s The Overstory, Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under, Robin Robertson’s The Long Take, and Anna Burns’s Milkman make up this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist. The winner will be announced next month. The

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Russia story so far
The Mueller investigation continues to out-govern the Trump administration

[Salon Books] Psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump is getting worse; “I suspect he is unable to tolerate reality”
Yale psychiatrist who edited “Dangerous Case” bestseller says an urgent intervention “was indicated long ago”

[The Millions] Too Young for Too Long: On Daniel Torday’s ‘Boomer1’
1. The term solecism—an error in syntax; a minor infelicity; a violation of social protocol—was one of Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Word of the Day selections in spring 2004, around the same time that Cassie Black (née Claire Stankowitcz) began considering a move to Brooklyn in earnest. The

[Salon Books] DeRay Mckesson is just one man — why do other activists criticize him so harshly?
The days of leaders who have to represent us all are over. There’s room for many individual voices, including his

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Finance capital and its discontents
How finance became financialized

[Guardian Books Blog] Man Booker prize shortlist narrows the field – and also its sights?
The longlist for this year’s award had a daring reach, but the final six contenders return readers to rather more conventional territoryWhat is the point of a literary prize? Is it there to reward good books, or good readers? Does winning the Man Booker prize mean a book is, by default, the best

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Go ahead
Can’t stop reading

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Ottessa Moshfegh: The Waterstones Interview

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Ian Buruma leaves the “New York Review of Books”; Danez Smith wins Forward Prize
After facing criticism for publishing a first-person essay by Jian Ghomeshi, Ian Buruma has left the New York Review of Books, the New York Times reports. Buruma told Dutch website Vrij that he felt forced to resign after publisher Rea Hederman “made clear to me that university publishers, whose

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Question for Brett Kavanaugh
The American rule of law has failed women

[The Millions] 2018 Man Booker Shortlist Announced
The 2018 Man Booker Shortlist has been revealed! In its 50th year, the Man Booker Prize continues to uphold its mission to “promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.” Wittled down from the 13-title

[The Millions] Books and Mortar: Eso Won Books in Los Angeles
I dislike car culture so much, it’s rare for me to actually agree to drive to anything when visiting Los Angeles. Except maybe for Roy Choi‘s Kogi tacos. And to visit Eso Won Books, a unique and charming bookstore in the historical Leimert Park neighborhood. The store recently made a

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: As tensions with Trump deepen, Europe wonders
While autocrats take advantage of the president’s foreign-policy chaos, America’s oldest allies are paralyzed by division and dependency

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Without exception
Leash and unleashing

[Book Forum] VIDEO: “Make Trouble”: Cecile Richards on Her Life Story, Reproductive Rights

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Laura van den Berg on horror and travel; “Fear” breaks Simon & Schuster sales records
Tin House talks to Laura van den Berg about Havana, the similarities between travel and horror, and her new book, The Third Hotel. “Speaking generally, the way things appear to be versus the terrifying reality lying in wait just beneath the surface is often foundational to horror,” she said.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Standing by Kavanaugh
The Trump GOP will do horrible things for Brett Kavanaugh

[Salon Books] Stormy Daniels and Trump’s “endowment”: Why do we even care?
Stormy Daniels has made us laugh by insulting Trump’s genitals. But hasn’t she made our Trump problem worse?

[The Millions] Chopped Cheese and Pure Evil: On Alcy Leyva’s ‘And Then There Were Crows’
When I seek lonely women in literature, I usually find them flocked by too many perfectly un-fun creeps. You know what I mean: those lonely boys who trail behind the lonely women to make it clear that true love with an equally lonely person is the cure for all ills. It usually works out so that a

[Salon Books] The evangelical purity trap for women: “A lamb outside of your marriage bed and a tiger in it”
“If you can control somebody’s sexuality, you have a deep amount control over them,” says author Linda Kay Klein

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The debate about rethinking economics
Can economists and humanists ever be friends?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Once defined
We’ve destroyed normal forever

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Charlene Carruthers | Unapologetic

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Salesforce co-founder buys “Time”; Haruki Murakami turns down New Academy Prize nomination
Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne have bought Time magazine. Columbia Journalism Review notes that the Benioffs are “the latest tech entrepreneurs to join a club of billionaire media moguls.” Folio reports that the new owners don’t plan to involve themselves in the




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