• Phil Klay. Photo: Hannah Dunphy 
    May 27, 2022

    Geetanjali Shree and translator Daisy Rockwell win the International Booker Prize; Phil Klay on the secrecy of US warfare

    Geetanjali Shree and translator Daisy Rockwell have won the International Booker Prize for Translated Fiction for Tomb of Sand. It is the first novel originally written in Hindi to win the prize. 

    At BOMB, Mark Haber discusseses his new novel Saint Sebastian’s Abyss with Ryan Chapman. Haber’s novel follows two art critics and former best friends who meet after a long falling out. The author tells Chapman about his attraction to the idea of “absolute knowledge”: “Having characters fixate on something as small as a tiny canvas painting, making it the guidepost of their entire lives, losing

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  • Francis Fukuyama
    May 26, 2022

    Francis Fukuyama’s new book on liberalism; Elif Batuman in conversation with Sibel Horada

    For the New Yorker, Krithika Varagur reviews Francis Fukuyama's Liberalism and Its Discontents, the political scientist’s defensive revisiting of the influential ideas he proposed in his 1989 essay (and later, book) “The End of History.” Varagur writes, “Liberalism could scarcely imagine a better cheerleader in this bleak landscape than Fukuyama, who has a unique skill for imbuing a sometimes ponderous ideology with a narrative thrust.”

    For the latest episode of the Artforum/Bookforum video series “Artists On Writers | Writers On Artists,” Elif Batuman talks about her new novel, Either/Or,

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  • Brandon Taylor. Photo: Brandon Taylor
    May 25, 2022

    Brandon Taylor on essays about the state of gay fiction; Ottessa Moshfegh and Iggy Pop in conversation

    At the Columbia Journalism Review, Jon Allsop rounds up and reflects on media coverage of the school shooting yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, and “all the horribly repetitive cadences” of the responses to the tragedy. Yesterday at Politico, Chris Suellentrop described mass shootings as “America’s copy and paste tragedy.” Allsop argues that “this repetition need not hamstring coverage; it can be grimly illustrative and, if framed correctly, even galvanizing.” 

    Critic Jasmine Sanders will be leading a reading group at the Center for Fiction on Margo Jefferson’s new memoir Constructing a Nervous

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  • Elif Batuman. Photo: Valentyn Kuzan.
    May 24, 2022

    Elif Batuman on her new novel; reassessing Gone Girl ten years later

    At the New Republic, Sophie Haigney writes about Elif Batuman’s new novel, Either/Or: “One of Batuman’s abiding preoccupations is how literature intersects with life. She has expressed a general preference for nonfiction over contemporary fiction, for its ability to engage with reality.” At LitHub, Batuman talks about writing the book and the process of looking back at her college-age self: “When I look back at that time, it would be easy to say, oh, the wool was really pulled over my eyes and I was really tricked and I really fell for something and I was really dumb. But the truth feels more

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  • Adrian Matejka
    May 23, 2022

    Adrian Matejka discusses his vision for "Poetry" magazine

    Rowan Ricardo Phillips interviews Adrian Matejka, who was recently named the editor of Poetry, becoming the first Black person to hold the position in the magazine’s history. Matejka, whose books include Somebody Else Sold the World, shares his vision for the publication, saying that he wants to “make the magazine more inclusive and available while also developing its outward-facing component.” He continues: “I’m a believer in poetry as action as well as art. Some of my favorite poets do their best work in libraries and orchards and jazz clubs. I want the magazine to embody that public

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  • Elaine Hsieh Chou. Photo: © Cindy Trinh
    May 20, 2022

    Morton Høi Jensen on literary biography; Sarah Chihaya on envy and Elaine Hsieh Chou’s “Disorientation”

    For Liberties, Morton Høi Jensen reflects on what we expect from biographies, the “biographical fallacy,” and works of fiction that lean on biographical information. “All writers lead double lives: one on the page, one off,” Jensen writes. “And no account or portrait of a writer’s life will resolve this fissure. There will always be a scandalizing disproportion between the human messiness of a writer’s life and the size, the scope, and the opacity of their fictional work.”

    For the New York Times, Marc Tracy outlines how liberal cultural arbiters are responsible for the popularity of J. D.

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  • Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò. Photo: Jared Rodriguez.
    May 19, 2022

    Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on his new book “Elite Capture”; Hazel V. Carby on two recent works about white supremacy

    For the London Review of Books, Hazel V. Carby compares Nikole Hannah-Jones’s The 1619 Project to a new HBO series directed by Raoul Peck, Exterminate All the Brutes, and reflects on the limited usefulness of the phrase “the afterlife of slavery” and the term “antiblackness” when used without historical specificity. Carby writes that The 1619 Project’s aim “places it firmly within the conventional narrative of American exceptionalism,” while Peck’s series “refuses to conform to narrative linearity, rejecting the idea that the current resurgence of white supremacist and state violence can be

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  • Eileen Myles. Photo: Shae Detar
    May 18, 2022

    The “Jewish Currents” annual reflection on new Jewish literature; Eileen Myles’s advocacy for East River Park

    At Jewish Currents, Josh Lambert writes about some of the best new Jewish literature published in the last year that deals with questions of gender and sexual politics, including Melissa Broder’s Milk Fed, Sam Cohen’s Sarahland, and Hanna Halperin’s Something Wild

    New York Times city correspondent Alex Vadukul talks with poet and novelist Eileen Myles about their advocacy for the trees of East River Park, which is being demolished. Myles moved to New York in the 1970s, when “there was time to waste, and that’s the thing everybody deserves. And the park is wasted space. Uncontrolled vernacular

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  • Rick Perlstein
    May 17, 2022

    Rick Perlstein’s new book has been announced; The Atlantic has expanded its book coverage

    Historian Rick Perlstein’s next book, The Infernal Triangle, has been sold to Little, Brown. In his new volume, Perlstein plans to track American politics from 2000 to the present, with an eye toward “Republican viciousness, Democratic fecklessness, and media incompetence.” Perlstein tweeted that the book will be available in time for the 2024 conventions. In 2020, Perlstein talked with Leon Neyfakh, Sam Adler-Bell, and Matthew Sitman about how the right keeps on winning.     

    The Atlantic has launched its expanded books coverage with essays by Vivian Gornick, Caitlin Flanagan, Imbolo Mbue,

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  • Jelani Cobb. Photo: Calla Kessler
    May 16, 2022

    Jelani Cobb named new dean of Columbia Journalism School; Patricia Lockwood has won the Dylan Thomas Prize

    Author and New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb has been named the new dean of the Columbia School of Journalism. Cobb, who has worked at Columbia since 2016 and is currently the director of the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights, is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, and other books.  

    Patricia Lockwood has won the £20,000 Dylan Thomas prize for her first novel, No One Is Talking About This

    “We live in a big science fiction novel we are all writing together”:

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  • Sara Nović. Photo: Zach Stone
    May 13, 2022

    Novelist Sara Nović on how ASL made her a writer; “Conjunctions” will be published by Bard College for three more years

    Bard College is reversing its decision to stop publishing Conjunctions, and has committed to publish the literary journal for three more years. Contributors to their forthcoming fall issue include Carmen Maria Machado, Yxta Maya Murray, Can Xue, and more. 

    At The Guardian, Sara Nović discusses the deaf writing community, her second novel, True Biz, and why ASL has been important to her as a deaf writer working in English: “Language bears more than the work of communicating with the mainstream world; it is also the internal vehicle for our thoughts and feelings, the mechanism through which we

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  • A. J. Verdelle
    May 12, 2022

    A. J. Verdelle on blunt writing advice from Toni Morrison; the Washington Post establishes a Kyiv bureau

    The Washington Post is establishing a bureau in Kyiv to help cover the war in Ukraine. Isabelle Khurshudyan has been named bureau chief with Max Bearak as the lead Ukraine correspondent.  

    Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed while covering Israeli army raids in Jenin. Abu Akleh reported for Al Jazeera for twenty-five years. Dalia Hatuqa, a journalist and friend of Abu Akleh said in a New York Times article, “I know of a lot of girls who grew up basically standing in front of a mirror and holding their hair brushes and pretending to be Shireen. . . . That’s how lasting

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