Literature

TODAY: In 1867, Marx’s Das Kapital is published.   Series creator David Milch explains all that filthy language—delivered in iambic pentamer—in Deadwood. | Lit Hub Film & TV “The silence I’m looking for is not so much a quality of sound as a state of mind.” Kamila Shamsie on finding the perfect writing space. | Lit Hub Why revere
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September 30, 2022, 12:33pm That’s the same perilous American wilderness that almost killed Leonardo DiCaprio, except 200 years younger, sprier and, one would assume, significantly more bear-ful. Now, I don’t know how many bears feature in three-time National Book Award finalist, Guggenheim fellow, and winner of the Story Prize Lauren Groff’s fifth novel, The Vaster
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TODAY: In 1924, Truman Capote is born.    Who could win the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature? Who should? | Lit Hub Lena Dunham adapts a classic childhood text, the Westworld creators take on William Gibson, and three (!) vampire stories get the screen treatment in the Literary Film and TV You Need to Stream in
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If, as the old quip has it, Hamlet is a great play but it has too many quotations in it, a similar charge might be laid against Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. So many lines in the play have become proverbial and are often quoted outside of the context of the play itself.
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September 27, 2022, 10:44am Pull on your cozy reading sweats already! This week, we’re getting new books by Namwali Serpell, Kate Atkinson, Annie Proulx, Hua Hsu, and more. * Namwali Serpell, The Furrows(Hogarth Press) “Its ambiguities and enigmas add up to not more eddying confusions but to a stark reminder that the only reasonable response
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September 26, 2022, 9:42am Why the hell has Pennsylvania’s Central York School District banned four books in the Girls Who Code series, which provides models to young women and girls who might not otherwise see themselves as computer programmers? Yes, the nationwide Republican movement to ban books is repugnant and cruel and deeply hypocritical, but
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TODAY: In 1862, Leo Tolstoy marries Sophia Andreyevna Behrs.  Sample the Toronto International Film Festival’s literary offerings, featuring the latest Brontë biopic and Ottessa Moshfegh’s best work yet (?). | Lit Hub Film Mario Vargas Llosa considers “the invisible work” wrought by Juan Gabriel Vázquez’s novel of never-ending war, Looking Back. | Lit Hub Criticism
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