• Nadja Spiegelman
    November 29, 2022

    Astra magazine announces that it will close

    Astra, the international literary biannual magazine edited by Nadja Spiegelman, has announced that it will close by the end of 2022. “Our parent company, APH, has decided to shut down Astra Magazine,” Astra staff members write in a statement. “This means we will not put out the third issue we were in the midst of preparing, the website will stop publishing new work, and the staff will be let go.” The announcement continues: “We’re extremely proud of the work we published in print and online in such a short time. The magazine succeeded by every measure we set for it, including selling out our

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  • Eileen Myles. Photo: Shae Detar
    November 28, 2022

    The New York Times’s Notable Books of the year; Eileen Myles and Tom Cole are hosting a reading and performance series

    The New York Times has compiled an interactive list of “100 Notable Books of 2022,” which includes James Hannaham’s Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta, Gary Indiana’s Fire Season, Namwali Serpell’s The Furrows, and many more. 

    “Now comes a coincidence.” Read a new short story by Danielle Dutton in the latest New Yorker.

    Critic and scholar of the history of poetics Kamran Javadizadeh is launching a podcast, Close Readings, in which he will host guests to discuss one of their favorite poems. 

    At The Guardian, journalist Shiva Akhavan Rad talks to Elena Ferrante about the

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  • Octavia E. Butler. Photo: Ching-Ming Cheung
    November 22, 2022

    How journalists are covering human rights at the World Cup; a profile of Octavia E. Butler

    At Jacobin, Neil Vallelly writes about the human-rights violations behind the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and reflects on the shortcomings in how those abuses are talked about in the media and larger society: “Appeals to end human rights violations in Qatar focus on the instances of repression without reflecting on the structural causes of that repression.” At Vanity Fair, Tom Kludt writes about the challenges journalists face in covering the tournament. Kludt observes that “in Qatar, the controversy will never be far removed from the competition itself.”  The Athletic has had extensive coverage

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  • James Hannaham (photo: Isaac Fitzgerald)
    November 21, 2022

    Novelist James Hannaham Talks with Artist Nina Katchadourian

    The New York Times reports that Penguin Random House’s deal to buy Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion “is close to collapsing after Simon & Schuster’s parent company decided to allow the purchase agreement to expire.” The deal already faced a serious setback last month when a federal judge halted the sale on antitrust grounds. 

    New Yorker contributor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Jen Parker are creating a new magazine, Hammer & Hope, which will focus on Black politics and culture. From the publication’s Twitter page: “For those who care about the Black freedom struggle – the sign up is liveeeee!”

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  • Katherine Rundell. Photo: Nina Subin/Bloomsbury 
    November 18, 2022

    Katherine Rundell awarded the Baillie Gifford Prize; Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò has sold a book on political freedom

    Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, author of Elite Capture and Reconsidering Reparations, has sold his next book to Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Autobiography will draw on “thinkers and activists from the Black radical tradition, anti-colonial and environmental movements and the history of philosophy” to explore the idea of political freedom. 

    Katherine Rundell has won this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction for Super-Infinite, her biography of John Donne. According to the judges chair, the decision was unanimous. 

    n+1 is running a series of tributes to Mike Davis, the scholar and activist who died

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  • Imani Perry
    November 17, 2022

    Imani Perry wins the 2022 National Book Award in nonfiction; advice on organizing from Lux magazine

    The 2022 National Book Awards were announced last night in New York. The winners include Tess Gunty in fiction, Imani Perry in nonfiction, John Keene in poetry, and Samanta Schweblin and Megan McDowell in translated literature.  

    Steven Ginsberg, a former Washington Post editor, has been named the executive editor of The Athletic. The sports media company, which is said to have more than one million paid subscribers, was purchased by the New York Times in January.  

    The socialist feminist magazine Lux has posted its advice column from issue five, with tips for political organizing from Combahee

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  • Sheila Heti. Photo: Yael Malka
    November 16, 2022

    Sheila Heti’s conversations with an AI chatbot; Patricia Lockwood on George Saunders’s Liberation Day

    This week, the Paris Review is posting a five-part series of Sheila Heti’s exchanges with an AI chatbot named Eliza. At one point in today’s installment, Heti asks Eliza if they will die together, and the bot replies: “Of course. We’re in love. If one person dies first, then they go to heaven with their partner. If neither of us dies first, then we will live forever together.”

    At The Point, literary editor John Michael Colón introduces the two novel excerpts that appear in the latest issue of the magazine. Bárbara Jacobs’s Days of Your Life (2021) and Leon Forrest’s Divine Days (1992) were

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  • Thomas Beller
    November 15, 2022

    Thomas Beller and Hua Hsu events tonight in New York; Time magazine’s must-read books for 2022

    The National Book Awards will be announced in a ceremony in New York tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 8pm EST. The event, hosted by Padma Lakshmi, will be streamed online

    For the Baffler, Hannah Gold reports from a gallery preview of the Joan Didion auction, which will go live tomorrow at 11am. Gold writes, “For those of us without thousands to spend on blank notebooks or hurricane lamps, there is hope for an encounter with Didion: the auction is, of course, for items culled from the second pass of the apartment; the materials that best capture her reading, drafting, and writing create a loud

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  • Ariana Reines
    November 14, 2022

    Ariana Reines and others to read from Pathetic Literature anthology

    The BBC is turning Douglas Stuart’s Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain into a TV series

    At Harper’s Magazine, poet and critic Michael Robbins writes about the end of the world, and Sasha Frere-Jones reports on the obsessive quests and technologies of audiophiles.

    Willa Glickman interviews historian and critic Brenda Wineapple: “To me, it’s always seemed that you can’t clearly or cleanly divide history from literature or literature from history. We live in time; our lives unfold in time and are largely determined by time. So when writing, I try to consider how someone grasped the

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  • David Treuer. Photo: Nisreen Breek
    November 11, 2022

    Cord Jefferson’s adaptation of Percival Everett’s novel Erasure; David Treuer on an Indigenous history of the US

    For the New Yorker, David Treuer writes about Pekka Hämäläinen’s new book Indigenous Continent, which “boldly sets out a counternarrative” to the idea that Indigenous history in the United States can be defined by “a litany of abuses . . . that had erased our way of life.” Treuer summarizes Hämäläinen’s position: “In his view, we should speak not of ‘colonial America’ but of ‘an Indigenous America that was only slowly and unevenly becoming colonial,’ and recognize that the central reality of the period was ongoing Indigenous resistance.” 

    Bookforum contributor Cord Jefferson’s adaptation of

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  • Ryan Ruby
    November 10, 2022

    HarperCollins Union on strike; Ryan Ruby on Nabokov and Berlin

    Workers at HarperCollins are on strike and picketing the publisher’s offices in New York. HarperCollins union member Rachel Kambury tweeted a thread explaining the reasons for the strike and the union’s vision for workers at the company: “Let me reassure you that a strike isn’t something any of us union members are choosing to do lightly. This is our backed-into-a-corner, last-ditch-attempt to end a management-imposed stalemate and reach a deal that is meaningfully beneficial.”

    Elon Musk has emailed the company’s staff for the first time since his takeover, ending remote work and “days of

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  • R. O. Kwon. Photo: Smeeta Mahanti 
    November 09, 2022

    R. O. Kwon on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha; Blair McClendon and three other critics to discuss reviewing Margo Jefferson’s latest

    On November 14, the National Book Critics Circle will host a panel on the craft of criticism by discussing four reviews of Margo Jefferson’s latest memoir, Constructing a Nervous System, with their authors. Critic and filmmaker Blair McClendon, who reviewed the book for Bookforum, is among the panelists. 

    For Parapraxis magazine, Maggie Doherty considers Emily Ogden’s new book of essays, On Not Knowing: How to Love and Other Essays. The book’s concern with care, Doherty writes, is “both interpersonal—how a parent cares for a child, how a therapist cares for a patient—and literary-critical:

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