Lit Hub Weekly: October 13 – 16, 2020


TODAY: In 1892, David Edelstadt, anarchist poet and editor of the Yiddish anarchist newspaper Fraye Arbeter Shtime, dies at age 26 from tuberculosis.

Also on Lit Hub:

Claire Messud considers what constitutes an essay, that most elusive of forms • Americans abroad, a reading list • How does Dolly Parton write a song? • Rumaan Alam talks to Lynn Steger Strong in conversation • Mariana Enriquez and an affair to rememberJulius Margolin on his life in the gulag • Young John Berryman is just like us! • How a young John Brown became the legendary militant abolitionist • Anaïs Duplan offers a brief history of the classification of Black music • Read from this year’s Cundill History Prize longlist, from the Aztec Empire to the birth of modern Greece • Forget the polls, here is every Mr. Darcy ranked • From Napoleon to Trump, Liesl Schillinger on the tyrant as troll • What happens when literary events move online? • On missing just about everything to do with the biggest bookish gathering in the world • Roger Berkowitz on Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and how might ever exist again in a shared reality • Magda Montiel Davis on the anticommunist Cuban exiles who struck terror in Miami • A letter from Dorothy Gallagher to her late husband Ben Sonnenberg • James K.A. Smith on the delight of Daniel Mendelsohn • Johanna Hedva takes an unconventional approach to putting words on paper

Stephanie Kent on what she found out interviewing booksellers from all 50 states • Barry Yourgrau on publishing a pandemic collection in Japan • Maureen N. McLane on the work of Louise Glück

Best of Book Marks:

New on CrimeReads:

Christopher Chambers gives us a brief history of nontraditional voices in crime fiction, from Poe to Himes • Stephanie Kane analyzes Edward Hopper’s iconic blonde as a noir archetype • Olivia Rutigliano on The Westing Game as ghost story • Christopher Chambers gives us a brief history of nontraditional voices in crime fiction, from Poe to Himes • Michael Puchner on Rotwelsch, the Central European language of beggars, travelers and thieves • How the 1969 murders of a labor leader and his family changed coal country forever, from Mark A. Bradley • Six true crime books you should read this October • Chloe Maveal on the quiet history of lesbian pulp fiction • Seven great heist novels, recommended by art dealer Carol Orange • Lisa Jewell celebrates the fact that in crime fiction, anyone can be a murderer

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