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Bookforum’s summer issue is out now; Zadie Smith’s The Fraud and the Gen X novel

Zadie Smith. Photo: © Ben Bailey-Smith

Bookforum is thrilled to share our Summer 2023 issue, the first published with the support of our new partner, The Nation. Online now, read Sarah Nicole Prickett on Jacqueline Rose and mourning, Moira Donegan on Judith Herman’s study of trauma, Christian Lorentzen on Don DeLillo’s Cold War novels, Jane Hu on Emma Cline’s The Guest, Harmony Holiday on Christina Sharpe’s Ordinary Notes, and so much more. 

For Harper’s magazine, Adam Kirsch reviews Zadie Smith’s latest novel The Fraud, considering it in context of the work of other Gen X writers, including Sheila Heti, Tao Lin, Dave Eggers, and Teju Cole: “Writers of this cohort do sometimes try to imagine a better world, but they tend to do so in terms that are metaphysical rather than political, moving at one bound from the fallen present to some kind of messianic future.”

Lit-crit in the podcast world: Christian Lorentzen discusses the state of literary criticism and his new piece for Bookforum with Tejas Srinivasan on Cultural Mixtapes. For the latest episode of the Center for Mark Twain Studies’ new podcast series on literary criticism, Matt Seybold talks with scholars about the history and politics of the New Critical method of close reading.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss is reportedly in talks to buy the UK-based fashion magazine i-D from Vice Media.

n+1 has announced the recipients of its 2023 writing prizes: Christine Smallwood will be awarded the Anthony Veasna So Fiction Prize, and Nicolás Medina Mora will be awarded the n+1 Writers’ Fellowship. Both awards will be presented at the magazine’s annual fundraiser on September 27. 

Dorothy, a Publishing Project’s open reading period for book-length works opens September 1. Their submission guidelines are here