Lit Hub Weekly: August 1-5, 2022


TODAY: In 1917, Barbara Cooney, illustrator of over 100 children’s books and National Book Award winner (Miss Rumphius), is born.   

Also on Lit Hub:

Mary Ruefle: “I am not ashamed to take what joy I can in writing.” • Aimee Bender on stones as secret-keepers • Joseph Osmundson considers the visual side of virology • Michelle Tea on embracing (unconventional) motherhood • Searching for the ghosts that haunted Malcolm Lowry • Jillian Medoff on breaking up with her literary agent • Lynne Tillman on watching a mother’s final days • What conventional wisdom gets wrong about cancer • Jenny Bhatt considers the politics of translation • To write fiction with a psychotherapist’s mind • Are contemporary novels that don’t acknowledge the pandemic just alt-history? • E.B. Bartels on the disenfranchised grief of losing a pet • Bill Glose on drawing from his own life to write stories of war • Looking at the long tradition of humans swallowing bugs in fiction • What’s the point of a jellyfish? • Emma Seckle on the Celtic legend of an airborne fairy • Susan Coll on falling in love with (and at) a bookstore • 18th-century Vienna through the eyes of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu • Adam Langer on high school rumors and storytelling • On the Muslim women who fought for a forbidden love: the game of futsal • Before the wedding, divulging family secrets • Chrysta Bilton tells the story of her birth (with a very brief appearance from her father)

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