• H. D. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
    October 31, 2022

    Rumors about Prince Harry’s forthcoming memoir; A reissue launch and screening for H. D.’s HERmione

    The Center for Fiction has a special exhibition of Beowulf Sheehan’s portraits of Cormac McCarthy, which will be on display until December 13.

    Poet Gerald Stern—whose This Time: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for poetry in 1998—has died at ninety-seven. In an obituary for the New York Times, Neil Genzlinger writes that Stern “drew on nature, history and his own experiences to write prizewinning poetry laced with wistfulness, anger and humor.” 

    George R. R. Martin says that Winds of Winter, the next Game of Thrones novel, will be more than 1,500 pages long, and that he’s

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  • Percival Everett. Photo: Michael Avedon/Graywolf Press
    October 28, 2022

    Hernan Diaz and Tanaïs win Kirkus Prizes; Leo Robson on Percival Everett and naming

    Elon Musk has completed the deal to buy Twitter he initiated back in April after quietly accumulating shares starting in January. Musk reportedly has plans to unsuspend permanently banned accounts, like that of Donald Trump, and has little interest in moderating content and disinformation. In his recent Bookforum review of Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou’s Speculative Communities, Max Read wrote about Musk’s chaotic takeover “strategy”: “He hasn’t been pursuing a clear program, laid out from the beginning in the manner of a mergers-and-acquisitions banker, but embracing confusion and volatility and

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  • Hua Hsu 
    October 27, 2022

    Hua Hsu on Mike Davis; Prince Harry’s memoir

    For the New Yorker, Hua Hsu remembers historian and writer Mike Davis, who died this week at the age of seventy-six. Hsu pushes back against the idea that Davis was “a prophet of doom,” instead arguing that the Marxist intellectual was at heart an optimist, dreamer, and fearless truth-teller. Hsu writes, “His books were so prophetic about the nature of terror. We must also trust that he was right to have faith in the future—in those who followed.”  

    On Thursday, November 3, The Drift will celebrate the release of its eight issue with a party in Brooklyn. The event is free for print subscribers.

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  • Mike Davis. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
    October 26, 2022

    Remembering activist and historian Mike Davis; Toni Morrison and Ernest J. Gaines honored on USPS stamps

    Mike Davis, the activist, historian, and scholar, has died at age seventy-six. Jon Wiener, the coauthor of Davis’s latest book, offers a remembrance in The Nation. According to Wiener, “Mike hated being called ‘a prophet of doom.’ Yes, LA did explode two years after City of Quartz; the fires and floods did get more intense after Ecology of Fear, and of course a global pandemic did follow The Monster at Our Door. But when he wrote about climate change or viral pandemics, he was not offering a ‘prophecy’; he was reporting on the latest research.” Back in July, Davis talked with the Los Angeles

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  • Peter Schjeldahl. Photo: Ada Calhoun 
    October 25, 2022

    Remembering Peter Schjeldahl; a profile of IranWire

    Author, critic, and poet Peter Schjeldahl—whose books include Let’s See and Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light—has died at age eighty. The New Yorker has collected some of his signature pieces, including his essay from 2019, “The Art of Dying,” and David Remnick has written a remembrance. Yesterday, in his newsletter, Sasha Frere-Jones wrote, “I like The Hydrogen Jukebox but it’s not at all that important which collection you choose. Schjeldahl was relentlessly consistent. From his first column in the ‘70s on, you could not sell him a bill of goods or extinguish the love he gave to art. He was cowed by

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  • Bette Howland. Photo: Jacob Howland/A Public Space
    October 21, 2022

    Lynn Steger Strong leads a group reading of Bette Howland’s W-3; Hannah Black on Diane Arbus

    Online at n+1, Ava Kofman writes a remembrance of Bruno Latour, the French philosopher and sociologist who died earlier this month. “In a sense, Latour’s career was a matter of insisting that he meant most of the things he said, however unlikely they might sound,” Kofman writes. “Still, he occasionally found himself ‘squashed’ by the number of activities he’d thrown himself into. The CV he posted on his personal website was 112 pages long. His philosophical project didn’t lend itself to paraphrase, but one theme he returned to again and again was that reality, as we know it, is always vulnerable

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  • Morgan Parker. Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths.
    October 20, 2022

    Charlie Tyson on dance and everyday movement; Morgan Parker on Toni Morrison

    For The Atlantic, Charlie Tyson looks at two new books—The Choreography Of Everyday Life by Annie-B Parson and Martha Graham: When Dance Became Modern by Neil Baldwin—to explain how dance and everyday movement inform each other. Writing about Parson, Tyson observes, “For her, dance is not a rarefied form. It is more like the natural, everyday motion of strolling down the street, which, after all, involves considerations of line, space, and tempo. City life, especially, requires dancelike coordination.” For more on Graham, see Claudia La Rocco’s review of Baldwin’s book in our current issue

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  • Namwali Serpell. Photo: © Jordan Kines Photography
    October 19, 2022

    Hua Hsu and Namwali Serpell read from their new books; John Jeremiah Sullivan on Cormac McCarthy’s portentousness

    On the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog, Jane Hu writes about Hilary Mantel’s double vision. Hu describes Mantel’s health issues and the way that these infirmities fed her writing process: “Writing enabled Mantel to locate herself in a body that felt increasingly alien. In the face of confusion and loss, she began to tell stories.” 

    In Gawker, a breakdown of how the new global news site Semafor is breaking down the news

    Sophie Haigney interviews Nancy Lemann for the Paris Review. Describing her first novel, The Lives of the Saints, Lemann says, “It took three months to write it and seven years

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  • Shehan Karunatilaka
    October 18, 2022

    Shehan Karunatilaka wins the Booker Prize; News site Semafor launches today

    Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka is the winner of the 2022 Booker Prize for fiction. You can watch the announcement on the Booker Prize YouTube channel. 

    LitHub has three short essays by poet Ross Gay. His new book of essays, Inciting Joy, will be published later this month. Gay contributed an essay to Bookforum’s summer issue on basketball, and took part in our video panel on sports and literature

    For Slate, Imogen West-Knights reports from a Gone Girl–themed cruise: “While I was on the boat, people at home texted me with concern, as though I was doing jury duty on some

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  • Manuel Muñoz
    October 17, 2022

    George Saunders to discuss Manuel Muñoz in his "Story Club"

    This week, on his Substack “Story Club,” George Saunders will be leading a discussion of Manuel Muñoz’s “Anyone Can Do It,” which appears in his story collection The Consequences, out from Graywolf Press this week. In addition to Saunders’s discussion, Muñoz will drop in to answer some reader questions. 

    Sadie Stein has been hired as the preview editor at the New York Times Book Review. A longtime contributor, Stein has also worked at Jezebel and the Paris Review. According to the paper’s announcement of Stein’s new position: “Preview editors must read hundreds of unreleased books each year

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  • Serge Daney. Photo: Jean-Paul Fargier/Wikimedia Commons
    October 14, 2022

    Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair; Los Angeles’s Mezzanine film series and Semiotext(e) host a tribute to critic Serge Daney

    The T. S. Eliot Prize has announced its shortlist of ten new poetry collections. The winner will be announced in January. 

    Printed Matter’s 2022 NY Art Book Fair started yesterday and will continue all weekend on 22nd Street in Manhattan. The fair has a full slate of events, special projects, and programs, including a free block party on Saturday. The exhibitors include galleries, magazines, booksellers, artists, collectives, and more. 

    Los Angeles’s Mezzanine film series is hosting a tribute to the French film critic Serge Daney on Sunday. Ticketholders will receive a zine by Semiotext(e)

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  • Kiese Laymon
    October 13, 2022

    Kiese Laymon is among the 2022 MacArthur Fellows; Noor Qasim on Annie Ernaux and the millennial sex novel

    In the New York Times Magazine, Ismail Muhammad asks, “Can Black Literature Escape the Representation Trap?” Looking at recent fiction, and considering the debates about Black representation in literature stretching back to Baldwin, Wright, Hurston, and Morrison, Muhammad defines the stakes and limits of representation in literature, writing: “This is representation’s trap—the whittling down of Black life’s full scope into marketable, digestible facsimiles that are then thrust onto Black writers.” 

    The 2022 MacArthur Fellows have been announced

    In a preview of the new issue of The Drift,

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