Lit Hub Weekly: May 15–19, 2023


TODAY: In 1899, French actress Sarah Bernhardt premieres an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with herself in the title role.   

Also on Lit Hub:

Samantha Irby takes the Lit Hub Questionnaire (and makes us laugh) • Abraham Verghese on marrying medicine with literature • Emma Cline recommends baths as productive procrastination • Why the Spanish Civil War mattered to writers on distant shores • On the “most horrible, vexed, unspeakable subject in the history of English literature”—Shakespeare’s identity • Luis Jaramillo on the unlikely discovery of an old family recipe • Tim Mohr on being the translator and being translated • A call for returning to a more radical approach to the reproductive movement • From Hamlet to The Sound of Musicwhat makes meta-performances so compelling? • What animation can do for Murakami adaptations that live action films cannot • Emily Wells considers celebrity patient Augustine Gleizes, chronic illness, and the male medical gaze • Matthew Binder on making sense of an absurd world • Jane Wong on poetic ambivalence • Anne Berest on collecting the stories of elders • Breanne Mc Ivor against altering Caribbean fiction for American audiences • Obsessing over UFO videos • Read the winning poems of the 92 Street Y Discovery Contest • Jolene McIlwain on rural America and storytelling • Daisy Florin on creating fictional structures to write about troubling experiences • Cassandra Jackson on the invisibility of fertility treatments • How screenwriting can help you write stronger fiction

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