Sunday, June 05, 2016

LitHub - Best of the Week


LitHub Daily
Best of the Week: May 31 - June 3, 2016

TODAY: In 1917, the first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded in four categories: biography, history, editorial writing, and reporting. Today there are 21 categories.

·                     David Remnick remembers Muhammad Ali. | The New Yorker
·         In the wake of the Arab Spring, a new wave of dystopic, surrealist fiction has taken root in the Middle East. | The New York Times
·         Christie’s is set to auction a “legendary” first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland next month—one of just 22 surviving copies. | The Guardian
·         Ocean Vuong on learning English and the first poem he ever wrote, “If a Boy Could Dream.” | The New Yorker
·         Whit Stillman, the director of Love & Friendship discusses his failed career as a writer and adapting Jane Austen for the screen. | Hazlitt
·         “It was Marcel’s apartment, and seven people were dancing.” A never before published story by Langton Hughes. | ;The New Yorker
·         How Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ evangelical Left Behind Rapture-thrillers can teach us about America’s “Money Cult.” | Gawker
·         Keeping up with the Kar-Dashwood sisters: what today’s reality TV stars have in common with Jane Austen’s 19th-century heroines. | The Atlantic
·         On Gaelic, Hindi, and language as a colonized space. | The Toast
·         Terry Castle on Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt as a species of crime fiction. | Bookforum
·         Heidi Julavits remembers Soup for the King, the children’s book that inspired her former love of soup for breakfast on cold Maine mornings. | Extra Crispy
·         Michelle Dean on the vagueness and ubiquity of “liminality,” which boasts a 14,000 word Wikipedia entry. | The Awl
·         “I personally feel that no one gives a shit about my books—maybe I'm just a pessimist—and that idea feels horrible and refreshing at the same time.” A conversation between Ottessa Moshfegh and Daniel Saldaña París, descendants of the same galaxy. | BOMB Magazine
·         A sort of asteroid has hit the safe world of Russian literature in English translation: Janet Malcolm on the more recent translation of Anna Karenina. | NYRB
·         Ben Lerner, Marguerite Duras, Robin Wasserman, and more: highly anticipated books coming out this month. | Flavorwire, BuzzFeed Books
·         Using the most reliable source of information available (the stars), a group of astronomers and a physicist have dated one of Sappho’s poems. | Hyperallergic












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