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Source: The RumpusPublished on 2019-04-30
Tuesday 4/30: The Kelly Writers House will host their second annual zine fest! 4 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Wednesday 5/1: Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Octavia McBride-Ahebee and Anthony Palma, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will welcome Damon Young, author of What Doesn&rsq...
 
Source: Literary HubPublished on 2019-04-30
The White Horse Tavern, beloved of literary tourists and finance bros alike, has been closed for renovations after a change in ownership. As Gothamist reports, locals are concerned enough about the new regime (namely landlord Steve Croman and restaurateur Eytan Sugarman) that they held a wake to honor the legendary drinking institution that was once famously a haunt of Dylan Thomas.

It...
 
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-04-30
Nick Frisch writes about the Chinese poet and photographer Liu Xia, the wife of the dissident and Nobel Prize-winning academic Liu Xiaobo, who is living in exile in Berlin after spending years under house arrest.
 
Source: The MillionsPublished on 2019-04-30
When I read a graphic novel that includes a queer narrative there are a few things that make it stand out to me. I want characters that feel sincere, not typecast. In short, characters I can see some of myself in. In the realm of indie comics, representation has taken great strides. A lot of publishers have taken an initiative to highlight heretofore underrepresented stories of queer women. Here a...
 
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-04-30
Ian Crouch reviews the new Netflix sketch show “I Think You Should Leave,” created by Tim Robinson and Zach Kanin and directed by Akiva Schaffer and Alice Mathias.
 
Source: Entropy MagazinePublished on 2019-04-30
After my mother didn’t wake up; after the snow drifted down to mix with dirt like cream as the gravediggers heaped earth atop her casket; after the drive home to the apartment where she lived alone, now full of mourners; as the weight of the grief coursed through my body and pulled me down, someone asked if I wanted coffee. It was one of the friends cooking and caring for us. They knew her k...
 
Source: Entropy MagazinePublished on 2019-04-30
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Come sit and empty your
pockets, child, and let us count
what we’ve got. We can sort it
this way: for me, love counts.
And cancer counts. Always.
Basic sad doesn’t count.
Grief is a multiple of love;
no double counting.
For you, feathers count.
Eggs count more, obviously;
eggs make feathers.
Feathers are a multiple of eggs.<...
 
Source: NYT BooksPublished on 2019-04-30
Jenny Odell is an artist who wants us to learn to detach from social media. In “How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy,” she shows us a way.
 
Source: The AtlanticPublished on 2019-04-30
When the 22-year-old director John Singleton was reportedly offered $100,000 to back away from directing his 1991 feature film, Boyz N the Hood, the newly minted film-school graduate balked in the Columbia Pictures office. “I said, ‘Well, we have to end this meeting right now, because I’m doing this movie,” Singleton recalled in a 2003 documentary about the film, Friendly F...
 
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-04-30
Katy Waldman reviews “Afternoon of a Faun,” by James Lasdun, which blends autofiction and psychological thriller in a story about rape that takes place not long before the #MeToo movement.
 
Source: New Yorker / Books & FictionPublished on 2019-04-30
Katy Waldman reviews “Afternoon of a Faun,” by James Lasdun, which blends autofiction and psychological thriller in a story about rape that takes place not long before the #MeToo movement.
 
Source: The RumpusPublished on 2019-04-30
Bookstores banded together to tempt readers into bookstore crawls on Independent Bookstore Day.

Nazis protested at Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose, disrupting an event.

The Lit. Bar opened in the Bronx, becoming the only independent bookstore in the NYC borough of 1.4 million people.



In 2017, a Manhattan bookstore closed. The most surpri...
 
Source: Guardian BooksPublished on 2019-04-30
Contending with the TV series spoiling his books every week, can we really blame GRRM for tantalising his diehard fans – with unicorns?

How surreal must it be for George RR Martin right now, to see Game of Thrones viewers cavorting with exultation about this week’s epic battle of Winterfell while his own version of the story of the Starks , Lannisters and Targaryens continue...
 
Source: Literary HubPublished on 2019-04-30
It is we, Lit Hub’s social media editor! Actually, I’m going to use the first person singular here. On this, the inaugural day of Lit Hub’s thoroughly modern web log, I wanted to share with you my answers to some of the most frequently demanded questions I get on social media. As ever, the most important thing to remember—and I can’t stress this enough—is DO NOT...
 
Source: New Yorker / CulturePublished on 2019-04-30
Isaac Chotiner interviews Eric Kaufmann, a professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, on racism, Donald Trump, and Kaufmann’s new book, “Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities.”
 
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