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Gary Shteyngart's new novel; Teju Cole's old one

Teju Cole

The New Yorker excerpts Teju Cole’s new/old novel, Every Day is For the Thief. Cole originally published the book in 2007 with Nigeria’s Cassava Republic Press; yesterday, Random House released it in revised form. Yasmine El Rashidi reviews the book in our new issue.

The U.K.’s new prohibition on sending books to prisoners has met with outrage. The classics scholar Mary Beard called it “crazy”; the novelist Mark Haddon vowed to get "every writer in the UK publicly opposed to this by tea time." A petition has already garnered nearly 15,000 signatures.

Zoë Heller and Mohsin Hamid consider the dictum to “write what you know.” As Heller reminds us, “the injunction is only to know; the business of how you come by your knowledge is left quite open.”

Gary Shteyngart describes his next novel, to be published by Random House in 2017, as “a family drama set in the high-stakes world of global finance.” On Twitter, he implored “people in finance and law enforcement” to help him write it.

At The Believer, Gideon Lewis-Kraus interviews the filmmaker Mike Mills about his short experimental documentary, A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone, which features the children of Silicon Valley tech workers talking about their ideas of the future. Most of the kids that Mills filmed, he reports, have a “well-informed and negative outlook.”