Lit Hub Weekly: May 18 – 22, 2020


TODAY: In 1906, Henrik Ibsen dies.

Also on Lit Hub:

Mike Davis on the inevitably of a pandemic • On Florence’s struggle to get Dante’s body back • Even in retirement, Philip Roth wrote thousands of pages • Olivia Gatwood on Edna St. Vincent Millay’s strength and progressivism • S.D. Chrostowska looks at the intersection of dreamlife and reality amid the pandemic • Even when they hate it, why can’t Americans seem to stop using Amazon? • Maggie Doherty on the creative communities that changed literature • On Daniel Defoe’s fictional account of the London plague • Meet the great Mabel Stark, a true tiger queen ahead of her time • Ben Ehrenreich on radical change in a time of pandemic • Flannery O’Connor: genius or sadist? Let’s ask the one-star Amazon reviews! • Emma Straub hereby abolishes all reading-related guilt • Hal Foster on what comes after Covid-19 • From Perón to Trump, revisionist histories have always been at the heart of fascist populism • Carter Sickels compiles a reading list of queer rural fiction • Porochista Khakpour on loving—and destroying—Barbie Dolls • Celebrate the weekend with round nine of our personalized quarantine book recommendations • Lauren Francis-Sharma on researching historical fiction as a writer of color • With the Olympics canceled, there’s plenty of extra time (sigh) to read up on heroic moments in sports

Best of Book Marks:

Loving Joan Didion, hating Infinite Jest, and more rapid-fire book recs from Stephanie Danler • A month of literary listening: AudioFile’s best audiobooks of May • Fire in Paradise authors Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano recommend five books that offer a master class in reported nonfiction, from Matthew Desmond’s Evicted to Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial • Wuthering HeightsThe TempestWild, and more rapid-fire book recs from Rough Magic author Lara Prior-Palmer • Curtis Sittenfeld’s Rodham, Ivy Pochoda’s These Girls, and Jonathan Bate’s Radical Wordsworth all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Week

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New on CrimeReads:

Travel the world from the safety of your couch with June’s best international crime novels • Zach Vasquez on the great Elmore Leonard Renaissance of 90s-era Hollywood • A Harriet Walker on isolation thrillers, maternity leave, and the strange familiarity of quarantine• Susan Allott rounds up 10 essential Australian novels • Ivy Pochoda on how to make your child a future crime writer  • Time to enjoy May’s best true crime and crime nonfiction • Storyboards from Bong-Joon Ho’s Parasite will help you see the film in a whole new way • Janelle Brown on social media grift and the saving grace of #bookstagram • Rachel Howzell Hall on surviving cancer and finding the courage to finish her novel • Kathleen Bridge looks at the handknit world of seaside cozies

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