Lit Hub Weekly: May 16-20, 2022


TODAY: In 1910, French author Colette begins to publish her novel The Vagabond in serial form. 

Also on Lit Hub:

Emma Straub’s advice for what to wear to a book launch • Spending time in Joy Williams’s celestial waiting rooms • What we’ve lost (and gained) with virtual reading tours • Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey on finding creative freedom in The Office • Why is Italo Calvino so beloved outside Italy? • When Biggie Smalls and Puff Daddy made Ready to Die • Unearthing the history of pre-NBA African American basketball • Natalie Diaz on the Mojave language and where English fails us • How “My Old Kentucky Home” became ubiquitous • Rachel M. Harper on learning a love of libraries • The tale of an unlikely American odyssey • On the “gnostic ironies” of Nathaniel Mackey and Fanny Howe • Victoria Shorr on the art of the novella • Peter Serpico on connecting to his Korean heritage through food • TANAÏS on the politics of caste and feminine joy in Satyajit Ray’s Charulata • Finding the spirit of Ukrainian resistance in the poetry of Marjana Savka • How Greenwich Village bohemians found their way to Provincetown • On Willa Cather’s long-term relationship with Edith Lewis • The quick and dirty on foot fetishes • Putsata Reang on telling her own origin story as a refugee • Naheed Phiroze Patel on the significance of life-long projects • How growing up in the digital age affects young minds • When Sidney Poitier went to the Moscow Film Festival • On the role of stillness in the creative process • What the rise of Insta-poets means for culture • Founding the first English-language library in Gaza • Tracing the evolution of free speech on the internetUsing songs and sermons to structure a memoir about fighting for Black lives • Eimear Ryan in praise of women who compete on their own terms • David J. Dennis Jr. on growing up with a complicated man • Can national service stitch America back together? • How do we give names to nature? • On the many strange uses of the letter X • Why the novelist Ann Hood became an airline stewardess

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