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[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The story of a corrupt Republican Party
Yes, normal Republican elites are a threat to democracy

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Anthropocene feels different
Planetary catastrophism in the Necrocene

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Arabic intellectual history
Promoting an academic culture in the Arab world

[The Millions] 50 Years Ago, Kingsley Amis Had a Midlife Crisis and Turned to James Bond for Help
Kingsley Amis is best remembered today as the author of comic novels—perhaps even the pre-eminent writer in that genre during the second half of the 20th century. But you would hardly guess it if you looked just at his output from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. This was Kingsley Amis’s midlife

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Go unnamed
Obligated to defend

[Book Forum] VIDEO: On the Future Prospects for Humanity, by Martin Rees

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Post-truth
Fabrications, lies, and nonsense in the age of Trump

[Book Forum] INTERVIEW: Bookforum talks to Chelsea Hodson
In the autobiographical essays that make up her debut collection, Tonight I’m Someone Else, Chelsea Hodson examines the chaotic and bewildering experience of being an American woman and artist. At first glance, some essays resemble a well-curated Twitter feed— like the single-line,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The ethical debate on genetic engineering of humans
Is CRISPR an ethical game changer?

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Irin Carmon joins “New York” magazine; BuzzFeed News gets own website
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is writing a book. The Huffington Post reports that Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics will be a “‘no-holds-barred account’ of his political life and controversies, including his time with

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Latest Russia sellout
The president understands the stakes of the Russia story more clearly than most of his followers

[The Millions] The Stories That Change Us Forever: The Millions Interviews Julie Buntin
For readers who haven’t already discovered Julie Buntin’s Marlena, this visceral, gripping novel combines humanity with a thrilling edge. We watch as Marlena descends into addiction, but rather than being allowed to simply be voyeurs, we’re forced to face our own complicity in the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Silicon Valley has a problem with conservatives
Facebook won’t get better until it stops genuflecting for the right wing and starts thinking about politics in context

[The Millions] A Day in the Life of an Indie Publisher: Akashic Books
At 4:45 a.m., Ibrahim Ahmad’s alarm clock began pouring out the first bars of Leonard Cohen’s “Lullaby”—“Sleep, baby, sleep. The day’s on the run. The wind in the trees is talking in tongues…” With this bit of counterintuitive programming, another long day in the life of an

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Going on
Interpretation including some remarks

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Roxane Gay introduces Not That Bad

[The Millions] 2018 National Translation Award Longlist Celebrates Translated Works
The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) announced the Poetry and Prose longlists for the 2018 National Translation Awards (NTA). In its twentieth year, the annual award celebrates translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction by examining “both the source text and its

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Kamala Harris writing memoir; N.K. Jemisin to publish debut short story collection
California Senator Kamala Harris is writing a book. The Truths We Hold: An American Journey will be both a memoir and a current events book, something the New York Times notes is “a mixture well-known to campaign books.” The Truths We Hold will be published by Penguin Press in 2019. Lin-Manuel

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: After Trump embraces Putin
The real problem we face is a Republican Party that’s nearly unanimous in its cultlike attachment to a man who’s an obvious fraud

[Guardian Books Blog] Gareth Southgate prompts new round of an old game: cash-in books
His redemptive World Cup performance has set publishers chasing after a time-honoured goal: getting a hot topic on to shelves while it’s still warm. But can anyone beat a Michael Jackson biography written in 48 hours?Not content with winning the hearts of a nation, or transforming the humble

[The Millions] Preoccupations with Witchiness: A Review of ‘Dead Girls’ and Interview with Author Alice Bolin
Good fiction typically provides few good answers but many good questions. The great novels and stories can often be, however incompletely, expressed as a single, overarching question that the author is working out via narrative. Is the American dream an illusion? (The Great Gatsby); should a person

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Amazon’s time
The only Amazon Prime Day guide you need

[Guardian Books Blog] Tie-in takeover: how film novelisations went from dire to great
Hollywood is still not making room for nuanced female characters, but recent novelisations of Star Wars and Jurassic World show film tie-ins are a chance to add depthHeroines in young adult fiction have come a long way since Twilight’s aimless, quasi-suicidal Bella Swan, or Harry Potter’s

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trying to say
First taking a step backward

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Nomi Prins: Collusion

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Homeplace by John Lingan
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the earliest recorded use of the word “honky-tonk” dates to 1899, in the Fort Worth Daily Gazette. “A petition to the council is being circulated for signatures, asking that the Honky Tonk theater on Main Street be reopened,” read

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Lawsuit filed against “S-Town”; Marlon James on the horror of “Oliver Twist”
A lawsuit has been filed against the creators of S-Town. The estate of John B. McLemore alleges that McLemore, the focus of the podcast, “didn’t give permission to broadcast the intimate details of his sexual orientation, mental state and other aspects of his life.” Marlon James, Victore

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump betrays his country in plain sight
Uncomfortable questions in the wake of Russia Indictment 2.0 and Trump’s press conference with Putin

[The Millions] Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2018 Book Preview
Putting together our semi-annual Previews is a blessing and a curse. A blessing to be able to look six months into the future and see the avalanche of vital creative work coming our way; a curse because no one list can hope to be comprehensive, and no one person can hope to read all these damn

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Abbott; Kilalea; Lingan; Kakutani
Out this week: Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott; OK, Mr. Field by Katherine Kilalea; Homeplace by John Lingan; and The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our brand new book preview. Want to help The Millions keep churning out

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