Lit Hub Weekly: June 8 – 12, 2020


TODAY: In 1888, Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa is born.

Also on Lit Hub:

A brief history of feminist bike-riding • Nina Lakhani on the late Berta Cáceres, Indigenous land activist • Emeka Joseph Nwankwo explores how women are changing the face of African publishing • Marina Endicott on the forced schooling of Indigenous Canadians, and other racist acts of “white benevolence” • Lessons for 2020 from the films of Studio Ghibli • Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II on the Poor People’s Campaign, and the politics of rejecting those living in poverty • The radical afterlives of William WordsworthTen short story collections you may have missed last month • Stan Cox how we can build a more humane way of putting food on the table • Matt Ortile on Calvin Klein, race, and stereotypes of masculinity • In celebration of bookstores reopening, Monika Zgustova reflects on reading and resistance • On Larry Kramer’s anger, activism, and great expectations • Liam Pieper rereads Nevil Shute’s resolutely nihilist On the Beach, a true end-times classic • Sharon Harrigan recommends eight books told from the collective perspective • Stephanie Danler and Francesca Pellas in conversation • Rachel Moss on illustrating the song lyrics of Peter Tosh, and the role of children’s books in helping parents talk about race

Best of Book Marks:

Fever DreamTHICKThe Boxcar Children, and more rapid-fire book recs from Catherine House author Elisabeth Thomas • John Freeman recommends five poets who center nature in their work, from Alice Oswald to Juana de Ibarbourou • The Catcher in the RyeWuthering HeightsWide Sargasso Sea, and more rapid-fire book recs from Practical Magic author Alice Hoffman • Stacey Abrams’ Our Times is Now, Joyce Carol Oates’ Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars., and Lauren Ho’s Last Tang Standing all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Week

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New on CrimeReads:

Olivia Rutigliano analyzes Mr. Bucket, Charles Dickens’ devious, hypocritical, “nice guy” cop • Paul French asks, is Sydney Australia’s next capital of noir? • Molly Odintz on television’s problem with white suburban criminality • Missing persons, gilded age swindles, and murder at sea: all the true crime you need to read this June • Heather Young reckons with her small Nevada hometown • Angela Marsons debates the merits of real versus fictional settings • Kimberly Belle dives deep into the still waters of the lakeside crime novel • Congrats to the 2020 Anthony Award nominees, announced this week • Catherine McKenzie recommends 7 thrillers about identity and reinvention • Aspen Mattis remembers the first days after her husband’s disappearance

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