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Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-03-23
Amelia Lester writes about Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and her response as a leader to the attack on two mosques in Christchurch.
Source: BibliokleptPublished on 2019-03-23
The Split, 1992 by Alexander Boghossian (1937-2003)

Source: Guardian BooksPublished on 2019-03-23
The comic writer on real life inspiring her new novel, the problem with comedy prizes and why she dislikes Moby-Dick

Nina Stibbe shot to literary fame with the publication of Love, Nina, a selection of letters to her sister while working as a nanny for Mary-Kay Wilmers, the editor of the London Review of Books. Since then, she has published two novels, Man at the Helm, dramatised by the...
Source: Guardian BooksPublished on 2019-03-23
From Malorie Blackman to Toni Morrison, fiction is a fantastic way to explore race and identityQ: I’m mixed-race and I never knew my father. What books can help me find my black identity and self-esteem?
Student, 37, Manchester

A: Oyinkan Braithwaite is a Nigerian-British author. Her first novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, is published by Atlantic. She writes:
Blackness i...
Source: BibliokleptPublished on 2019-03-23
I was looking for something else when I found a fun article from six years ago in Bon Appétit. The article, by Nicole Villeneuve, is called “All the Food in Thomas Pynchon’s Books (and What It Means, Sorta),” and it riffs on most of the food in Pynchon’s oeuvre.

Here’s the section on “The Inedible,” which includes notes on two of my...
Source: NYT BooksPublished on 2019-03-23
For a new one-man show, the French philosopher is traveling to 22 European cities this year. All he needs are books, white shirts and his current manuscript. No internet, please.
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2019-03-23
WHEN I THINK ABOUT J. R. R. Tolkien’s unpublished writings, I think of them in terms that probably would please the old master: as the literary equivalent of the Staffordshire hoard in England’s West Midlands. Discovered in 2009 by a fortune hunter with a very good metal detector, the hoard contains mangled Anglo-Saxon weapons, golden jewelry, military implements, other metalwork, and ...
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-03-23
Brian Dillon writes about the photographer Clémentine Schneidermann and the art director Charlotte James’s series “It’s Called Ffasiwn.”
Source: Entropy MagazinePublished on 2019-03-23
It’s crazy

I wake but layers of a dream

Lay over everyone I see

But how is it so, my world looks different now but no one knows?

—”As Above, So Alone”


As I look back at other music reviews I’ve written, I’ve noticed that I’m not particularly in support of bands changing their so...
Source: BibliokleptPublished on 2019-03-23
“Slice ’em Down”


Langston Hughes

In Reno, among the colored folks of the town, there are two main social classes: those who came to the city on a freight train, and those who did not. The latter, or cushion-riders, are sometimes inclined to turn flat noses high at those who rode the rods by way of entry to the city. Supercilious glances on t...
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2019-03-23
LAST MONTH, Briallen Hopper, one of LARB’s favorite contributors, released Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions, a collection that, in the words of Leslie Jamison, “is full of heart and wisdom and humor and surprise.” In the following interview, which was conducted over several days in March, she speaks about the difficulties and pleasures of love, family, and other forms of conn...
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-03-23
Richard Brody reviews the horror movie “Us,” written and directed by Jordan Peele and starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss.
Source: LA Review of BooksPublished on 2019-03-23
THE LONG AND VARIED career of Robert Silverberg can almost be viewed as a microcosm of the SF genre’s development over the past six decades. Starting out in the world of fandom, Silverberg edited a popular zine in the early 1950s, then turned to professional writing during the SF boom of the mid-’50s, producing hundreds of stories — under his own name and numerous pseudonyms &mda...
Source: The RumpusPublished on 2019-03-23
Saturday 3/23: Quinn Harrelson and American Artist join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 3/24: Joe Jiménez, Dolores Hayden, and heidi andrea restrepo rhodes read from their books out with Red Hen Press. KGB – Red Room, 7 p.m., 2 drinks.

Steve Dalachinsky reads poetry and Loren Connors plays guitar. McNally Jackson – SoHo, 3 p.m., free.
Source: Guardian BooksPublished on 2019-03-23
Drug-taking and soft porn, literary criticism and intimate reportage in a winning, inventive collection of essays

In a recent article for the Irish Times, the editor of the Dublin Review, Brendan Barrington, reflected on the changes he has noticed in Irish writing over the past few years. The nation’s fiction may be thriving, thanks to Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, ...
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