• John Lewis, 1964. Photo: Marion S. Trikosko/Library of Congress.
    March 31, 2021

    John Lewis’s posthumous graphic novel; Jane Hu on anti-Asian violence and police surveillance

    John Lewis’s last graphic novel, Run, will be published posthumously in August. The book follows Lewis’s bestselling series, “March,” which ended the story with the author’s historic march from Selma when he was twenty-five. Lewis, who died in July, said of the new book, “In sharing my story, it is my hope that a new generation will be inspired by Run to actively participate in the democratic process and help build a more perfect Union here in America.”

    At The Verge, Jane Hu writes about anti-Asian violence and the police-surveillance videos that often capture the attacks. Hu observes, “These

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  • Wayne Koestenbaum. Photo: Ebru Yildiz.
    March 30, 2021

    Wayne Koestenbaum book event tonight; Duke University Press workers form a union

    The workers at Duke University Press are forming a union. In a series of tweets, the DUP Workers Union outlined some of the reasons why they’re organizing: “We all want to see DUP continue to be successful. . . . However, working conditions have been a problem for years now. We've seen constant turnover, extended vacancies, disruptive reorganizations, patterns of discrimination, inconsistent enforcement of policies, & low compensation.” The union has released their mission statement here.

    The American Academy of Arts and Letters has posted its 2021 Literature Award winners.

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  • Richard Wright. Photo: Gordon Parks/Library of Congress
    March 29, 2021

    Benjamin Kunkel files a report from Boulder; Richard Wright’s lost novel

    At the London Review of Books, Benjamin Kunkel files a dispatch from Boulder, after the shootings. “In A Room with a View, E.M. Forster complains of ‘the ghoulish fashion in which respectable people will nibble after blood.’ The era of gun massacres in the US has coincided with the rise of social media, and the respectable way to nibble after blood is now to use the dead as ideological counters in posts on Facebook and Twitter. It isn’t enough to reiterate the plain truth that the assault weapons used in mass shootings must be banned and confiscated. Instead, every fresh atrocity must be

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  • Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood. Photo: Rutgers University
    March 26, 2021

    Book workers declare solidarity with Amazon workers in Alabama; National Book Critics Circle Award winners announced

    Workers from two dozen publishers including 7 Stories Press, Archipelago Books, and Haymarket, along with employees at multiple bookstores and literary agencies, have declared solidarity today with Amazon workers organizing a union drive in Bessemer, Alabama. “We in the book industry talk a lot about Amazon as a troublesome but insurmountable inconvenience while decrying its adverse effects on independent publishing and bookselling,” said Daley Farr, a publicist at Coffee House Press. “But to truly transform our work and our industry in the ways we say we want to, we have to confront Amazon,

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  • Danielle Belton. Photo: D. Finney Photography
    March 25, 2021

    Danielle Belton named new editor of HuffPost; the latest round of Substack discourse

    The New Republic is returning to Washington, DC. The New York Times also reports that Michael Tomasky, editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas will take over as the new editor. Chris Lehmann will stay on as editor at large.

    At New York magazine’s Intelligencer, Eric Levitz writes about the latest round of Substack discourse, as the newsletter platform was recently in the news again because of its Substack Pro platform. The company was criticized for offering pay guarantees to high-profile writers (some of whom have written anti-trans rhetoric), which, Levitz observes, some people thought was

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  • Diane Wilson. Photo: Sarah Whiting
    March 24, 2021

    The winners of this year’s Bancroft Prizes; A roundtable talk on climate change and fiction

    At NiemanLab, Natasha Ishak looks at how mainstream media’s coverage of the Atlanta-area shootings ultimately “cast doubt on racist intent behind the mass shootings—despite the facts that the businesses attacked were Asian-owned, the majority of victims were of Asian descent, and the shootings took place amid an uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes across the country.” Mainstream outlets were quick to publish stories about the gunman, including an interview with his grandmother, instead of quoting eyewitnesses and locals as some Korean outlets did. Ruth DeFoster, who researches how American media

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  • Emily Stokes. Photo: Taryn Simon.
    March 23, 2021

    The “Paris Review” announces its new editor; Gayle King interviews Abby Phillip

    The Paris Review has named Emily Stokes as its new editor. Stokes has previously been an editor of the New Yorker, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, and the Financial Times. She is taking over for Emily Nemens, who resigned recently to work on her fiction. Stokes said in a statement on the magazine’s website: “After a year in which we have been alone and driven mad by the news, the Review’s mandate, to publish ‘the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters and the non-axe-grinders,’ is a timely calling.”

    In the New York Times, Ben Smith profiles Ibram X. Kendi

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  • Ijeoma Oluo. Photo: Basic Books
    March 22, 2021

    HarperOne acquires Ijeoma Oluo’s Be a Revolution

    Denise Oswald, currently the executive editor at Ecco, has been hired to be the new editorial director at Pantheon Books.

    Haruki Murakami fan Masamaro Fujiki has made a playlist of every song the author has written about in his fiction and on his website. The list currently features 3,500 songs.

    The New York Times is looking to hire a new Sunday Review Editor. According to the job posting: “You need to be creative and ambidextrous, with strong editorial judgment and an obsession for Times standards. You will work with Opinion’s editors and writers, as well as our award-winning graphics and

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  • Kazuo Ishiguro. Photo: Andrew Testa
    March 19, 2021

    The Asian American Journalists Association on coverage of the Atlanta shootings; Kazuo Ishiguro discusses artificial intelligence

    Alexi McCammond will not be assuming the role of editor in chief of Teen Vogue, after anti-Asian tweets she wrote in 2011 resurfaced. In a statement posted yesterday, McCammond wrote that the tweets “have overshadowed the work I’ve done to highlight the people and issues that I care about—issues that Teen Vogue has worked tirelessly to share with the world—and so Condé Nast and I have decided to part ways.”

    In the latest episode of “Artists On Writers | Writers On Artists,” presented by Artforum and Bookforum, painter Laura Owens talks to Édouard Louis.

    The Asian American Journalists Association

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  • Connie Mae Oliver. Photo: Marc Basch
    March 18, 2021

    A people’s history of COVID-19 in New York City

    This afternoon, the Brooklyn Rail hosts an event, “A People’s History of the Pandemic in NYC,” featuring poet Connie Mae Oliver, Meral Agish and Lori Wallach of the Queens Memory Project, and Denise Milstein and Ryan Hagen from the NYC COVID-19 Oral History, Narrative, and Memory Archive.

    At The Atlantic, Morgan Ome talks with Cathy Park Hong about her book Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, anti-Asian racism in America, and coalition building: “The rhetoric has changed from We want more Asians in Hollywood. It’s not just about representational politics. It’s also about confronting

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  • Pola Oloixarac. Photo: Denise Giovanelli
    March 17, 2021

    An excerpt from Pola Oloixarac’s novel Mona; Aída Chávez joins The Nation as DC correspondent

    Leo Robson reviews Sarah Moss’s new novel, Summerwater, for the New Yorker. The novel is something of a study of Brexit Britain, and follows characters in postindustrial northern towns. But, Robson notes, “the novel is powered not by the local tensions it depicts but by the existential conflict underpinning them. When we write about the behavior of a society, Moss seems to say, we are also talking about the workings of the individual mind; collective myths—nostalgia for a pre-industrial past and an unmixed populace, the dream of a sovereign future, some settled story about our present moment—are

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  • Cathy Park Hong
    March 16, 2021

    Cathy Park Hong on Americans and race; A new live series from the New Yorker

    For Gen, Alexander Chee talks with Cathy Park Hong about her book Minor Feelings, racial triangulation, and anti-Asian discrimination. Hong sees her book as a “very subjective portrait of an artist as an Asian American,” and reflects: “I also think that there were a lot of thorny subjects that I just touched upon, and that was just the tip of the iceberg. And I think I’ll probably delve deeper into that. What form it’s going to take, I don’t know. Americans are not really ready to look at race; they can only look at race in these basic building blocks.”

    The New Yorker has announced a new live

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