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How To Write About The Internet

A book critic considers. "Relative to the amount of space it takes up in the collective and capitalist imagination, the internet has had less of an impact on contemporary fiction than one might expect. It is increasingly acknowledged in novels, but it seems oddly difficult to represent well. I don’t know whether that’s because most of us have been...

Smiley Face Eyeroll Laughing Face Could Become Some Of The Clearest Work Communication

At least, that's what one emoji-loving CEO proposes. "Millennials and post-millennials now make up at least 65% of the workforce in the U.S. Emojis are an essential part of how most of this generation communicates in their personal life. Businesses typically view communication skills as highly valuable in employees, so why suppress such an important tool?" Ah. Side-eye surprised...

What So-Called Trashy Novels Can Teach A Reader About Life

Who could put it better than this? "There is much to learn within the pages of the so-called bonkbuster – and, no, not all of it is about sex." - The Observer (UK)

Poetry For The Pandemic

Perhaps some of it might be found in erasure. "Sometimes when it’s hard to write, that constraint gives you a place to start. It’s a bit like a painter working with a limited palette: You have both a solid foundation from which to begin your poem, and the challenge to create something using only what you have in front...

Love Books But Need Your Social Distance Space?

Rent a bookstore for a date. Yes, an entire bookstore. "The experience is BYOB (and food), but the store provides candles—and, of course, exclusive browsing access. What better way to get to know someone that by judging their taste in books?" - LitHub

What It Feels Like When The First Lady Is Touting Your Novel

It's pretty great, honestly. Ask Angie Thomas. "Had you told little Angie that 20-something years ago, she wouldn’t have believed she wrote something that made it that far — that this little Black girl in Mississippi whose family sometimes didn’t know if they would have food would have a book in the White House." - The New York Times

After 30 Years, London Review Of Books Editor Steps Down

Mary-Kay Wilmers was one of LRB's co-founders in 1979, and after co-editing it since 1988 became sole editor in 1992. Two women will take over: "Wilmers will continue at the paper as consulting editor, with the LRB’s deputy editor Jean McNicol and senior editor Alice Spawls succeeding her." - The Guardian (UK)

When Writers Of Color Have To Save Themselves

Brian Lin: "At the start of the pandemic, I emailed friends, colleagues, and mentors, all POC, to ask two questions about their literary lives. What is a recurring situation that’s destabilizing and hard to navigate? What guidance would you offer a fellow person of color for navigating such situations?" - Los Angeles Review of Books

The Greek Language Is Deluged With English Right Now

The word for pandemic is absolutely Greek, but nearly everything else the Greeks discuss about COVID-19 is English - and a leading linguist is worried. "Far too many are entering spoken and written Greek. On the television you hear phrases such as ‘rapid tests are being conducted via drive-through’, and almost all the words are English. It’s as...

The Forgotten Black British Writers That A Booker-Winner Wants To Bring Back

Bernadine Evaristo, author of 2019's Booker prizewinning Girl, Woman, Other, is launching, or relaunching, a series of Black British novels that didn't quite make it into the British canon. "Our appreciation of literature is deepened when we understand the foundations from which each new generation creates literature anew, but because so much of the body of black British literature...

Amanda Gorman Invited To Recite Poem At This Year’s SuperBowl

She will be reciting at the Super Bowl pre-show on Feb. 7, before the Kansas City Chiefs play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. - NPR

A Trump Presidential Library? The Argument Against It

"The danger of Trump using a presidential library to burnish his image is far more serious, with the ex-president and his surrogates still promoting the idea that his electoral loss was somehow fraudulent. That creates an ongoing uncertainty in American public life, which Trump and even more unscrupulous actors will use to further division, inflame tension, exacerbate racism and...

After 30 Years, Co-Founder/Editor Of London Review Of Books Retires

"Mary-Kay Wilmers … was one of the founders of the literary magazine in 1979, along with Karl Miller and Susannah Clapp, became co-editor in 1988, and has been its sole editor since 1992. In 2019, when the LRB celebrated its 40th anniversary, she was dubbed 'Britain's most influential editor' by the New York Times." - The Guardian

New Online Dictionary Tracks History Of Science Fiction Vocabulary

"The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction includes some 1,800 separate entries, from actifan and aerocar to zero-gravity and zine. … A historical dictionary devoted to the history of something as future-oriented (and imaginary) as science fiction may seem like a contradiction in terms. But then science fiction has always had a curious relationship to the real world, said Jesse...

Highlights Of 125 Years Of The NYT Book Review

"In many ways, the Book Review’s history is that of American letters, and we’ll be using our 125th anniversary this year to celebrate and examine that history over the coming months. In essays, photo stories, timelines and other formats, we’ll highlight the books and authors that made it all possible." - The New York Times

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