Lit Hub Weekly: November 28-December 2, 2022

Literature

TODAY: In 1857, Joseph Conrad is born.   

Also on Lit Hub:

Paul Lafargue recounts Victor Hugo’s funeral, “the most magnificent of the century” • Ted Conover’s dispatches from off-grid life in Colorado • Paul Feig shares two Bridesmaids­-inspired cocktails • Read from Lu Xun’s experimental prose collection • Tracing Bong Joon Ho’s rise to fame, from secret government blacklist to making Oscars history • The case for selling Simon & Schuster to the employees of Simon & Schuster • Mary-Alice Daniel on understanding where we’re from, “a task of nuance and nuisance” • Michael Kimmelman and Lucy Sante discuss a shapeshifting New York City • Step right up and get your recipe for cricket biscuits • On the writerly need to find ideas in unexpected places • Read a new translation of “The Caucasus” by Ukrainian poet-hero Taras Shevchenko • Pico Iyer on the timeless images of Norwegian photographer Tom Sandberg • How Iain MacGregor followed the curveballs of research to find the untold stories of Stalingrad’s citizens • On the similarities between writing and… turning into a werewolf • On the early days of Sarah Kidd’s marriage to a notorious pirate • Ian Kershaw considers Hitler’s colossal “legacy of ruin and suffering” • Read a 1990 pre-show interview with Kurt Cobain • Baek Sehee on falling through life’s cracks • Yusef Komunyakaa on Etheridge Knight: “Here’s a poet who possessed a genius for surviving the harsh realities of America.” • Silas House recalls grieving, alone and collectively, while on book tour • How diet impacts your mental health • The best old books we read in 2022



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