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[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Populist symbolism can be powerful
The high cost of denying class war

[The Millions] The Secondary Mourner
An old family friend died recently, someone I’d known all my life. She was there when I was born, full of stories of my little girlhood when, for a time, I was the only child among them—my parents, their closest friends. They lived two blocks from each other in Brooklyn for a time and, later,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: One step closer
New frontiers for the derivative

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Philip Roth has died
Philip Roth has died at the age of eighty-five. The New York Times obituary calls Roth “the last of the great white males,” along with John Updike and Saul Bellow, and quotes Roth comparing himself to the two authors: “Updike and Bellow hold their flashlights out into the world, reveal the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Democrats are suddenly competitive
Democrats have finally found their midterm message

[The Millions] In Praise of the “Starter Book”
Recently, in a networking group I’m part of, a woman posted in a panic. She was about to publish her first book with a small press, and she was lost. She didn’t know which way to turn, what to do next. She couldn’t stop wishing she was on the best-of lists, had the support of a Big 5 publisher

[The Millions] Philip Roth, 1933-2018
Beloved American novelists Philip Roth has died at age 85. Author of more than two dozen novels, including Goodbye, Columbus, Portnoy’s Complaint, and American Pastoral, Roth garnered every accolade (except, famously, The Nobel–read our plea to the Swedish Academy here), and his

[The Millions] 2018 Man Booker International Prize Celebrates Works of Translation
The winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize is Flights by Olga Tokarczuk. Connected by themes of travel and human anatomy, Flights is a novel of linked fragments from the 17th century to the present day. The five panel judges chaired by Lisa Appignanesi OBE chose Tokarczuk’s

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Barbarity in the age of Trump
The myriad Trump scandals can obscure the fact that they’re all elements of one massive tale of corruption

[The Millions] “Tales from Here and There”: On Uganda’s Literary Culture
In March, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi became a 2018 recipient of the $165,000 Windham Campbell Prize, one of the world’s most generous writing awards. Five years ago, when the Ugandan-born author completed her doctoral thesis, the novel Kintu, at the University of Lancaster in the U.K., she was

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: One thing
That’s not a problem

[Guardian Books Blog] Djuna Barnes's writing is exhilarating – but steeped in the worst of its era
Nightwood is an intensely imagined record of marginalised lives, but it is also marked with repellent prejudice“Do you know what a Tuppenny Upright might be?” asks Dr Matthew Mighty-grain-of-salt-Dante-O’Connor towards the end of Nightwood. He doesn’t wait for an answer: a Tuppenny’

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: “Interview” Magazine closes; remembering publisher Peter Mayer
Interview magazine is shutting down after nearly fifty years. Founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, the publication has become entangled in legal challenges from former staffers who claim lost wages worth hundred of thousands of dollars, as well as a charge that the former creative director, Karl Templer,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The dawn of a new era of nuclear proliferation
Will toughness on Iran help Trump with North Korea?

[The Millions] On Motherhood, Rumaan Alam, and Sheila Heti
In both Rumaan Alam’s second novel, That Kind of Mother, and Sheila Heti’s third, Motherhood, the functions and symbols associated with mothering—along with the ambivalence that can come with it—are conveyed with an authenticity that feels akin to reading nonfiction. Because Alam’s work

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Phillips; Bonert; Dovey
Out this week: A View of the Empire at Sunset by Caryl Phillips; The Mandela Plot by Kenneth Bonert; and In the Garden of the Fugitives by Ceridwen Dovey. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The Millions keep churning out

[Salon Books] In conversation with MTV’s Franchesca Ramsey: On life as an “accidental activist”
Getty/Jason Kempin Franchesca Ramsey catapulted to online fame with a 2012 video that went viral, "Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls," examining the issue of racial microaggressions — and just plain ridiculous statements like "why isn't there a White Entertainment

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Globalization survived populism once before
Globalization and the erosion of liberal democracy

[The Millions] A Flash Fiction Roundtable: Short but Never Small
What’s the state of flash fiction today? Seems there’s no short answer. But I asked a handful of author/editors who write and review flash fiction day in, day out (see some of their favorites published at The Millions earlier this month). Their responses are expansive, touching on the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: About that
We’ve all been waiting

[The Millions] The Man in the White Suit: Remembering Tom Wolfe
Henry Grunwald, Joyce Carol Oates, Taki, Ned Rorem, Annie Leibovitz, and others recall encounters with Tom Wolfe, the dandyish inventor of New Journalism and novelist, who died Monday at age 87. 1. Tidewater Virginian Gentleman …into the clackety-clack chaos of the [New York

[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 themAre 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 blog.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Guns in America today
How America normalized the murder of schoolchildren

[The Millions] Who Will Buy Your Book?
1. “Nobody else is here,” the elderly woman said into her phone. “It’s embarrassing!”    She was the first one to arrive at my reading at the Philadelphia Library, a week after the release of my third novel, and two weeks after the pinnacle of my writing life, when that novel was

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: They (may forget (their names (if let out))) by Vahni Capildeo
A brilliantly energetic and inventive sonnet bounds into the mind of a not entirely domesticated pet dogpetcitement incitement of a pet to excitementpetcitement incitement into the excitementof being a pet petcitement incitement to bea pet a fed pet a fleece pet incitement to bea floorpet a fleapit

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: The Best New European Writers
Book deals this week: Chris Fanz, a former member of the Talking Heads, sold his memoir Remain in Love to St. Martin’s Press; and Megan Angelo, a journalist and former contributing editor to Glamour, sold her debut novel, which has been described as a combination of Station Eleven and Black

[The Millions] Dear Reader
“Puzzled as to why her mother had not figured out “Miriam” on her own — or why, after Capote became famous, she did not say much about her letter and his answer — Ms. Akers sought clues.” The New York Times writes about recently discovered letter from Truman Capote to a young

[The Millions] A Bacon Bookmark
Bacon. Cheese slices. A saw blade. Buttered broccoli. Librarians around the world lament the strangest food (and non-food) items their patrons have used as bookmarks (via The Guardian). Pair with: an essay on librarians, sex, and stereotypes. The post A Bacon Bookmark appeared first on The

[The Millions] Working-Class Heroine
“That no-way-out is really the difference between boys and girls in working-class culture, because a working-class boy could run, or could when I was growing up.” Guernica interviews Dorothy Allison about literature as glory; survival, opportunity, and gender; and working-class heroes

[Salon Books] Here’s the one book every millennial and Gen Z new graduate should read (and it’s not Dr. Seuss)
Simon & Schuster/Getty/GillTeeShots When I graduated college in the late ’90s, I carried forth into the cold wage-paying world the career wisdom of Lloyd Dobler on how to avoid losing my soul to undesirable work. Big-hearted slacker Lloyd (John Cusack), the hero of Cameron Crowe’s 1989

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