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Rachel Monroe on Texas's dying swimming holes

Rachel Monroe. Photo: Emma Rogers

At the New Yorker, Rachel Monroe, the author of Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession, reports on how rising population and rising temperatures are causing the state’s legendary swimming holes to dry up

At The Nation, Suchitra Vijayan, a barrister at law and the author of Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India, reports on India’s crackdown on Kashmir’s free press, exhibited most recently in the blocking of the website and social-media pages of the Kashmir Walla, an independent news outlet based in Srinagar.

The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute has released the longlist for its annual prize for Spanish-language books in English translation. 

At McSwenney’s, Jesse Nathan has a one-question interview with poet Timothy Donnelly, author of, most recently, Chariot. The question: “What is thinking?...” After distinguishing between different modes of thought, Donnelly nods at how poetry might capture “a mind set loose”: “For me, poetry more than any art form accommodates the feeling of life as I have lived it; it is the lasting trace of having lived, of having been alive, and not so much because of the facts it might document about the world or about myself or anyone in it, although these obviously make a poem specifically what it is.”

For the latest episode of his WTF podcast, Marc Maron interviews Jeff Sharlet, author of The Undertow: Scenes from a Slow Civil War and This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers.