Literature

TODAY: In 1931, Australian novelist, short story writer, and essayist Shirley Hazzard, is born. Happy weekend: here’s (one of) Joan Didion’s seminal essay(s), “Why I Write.” | Lit Hub Astrophysicist Avi Loeb investigates that giant interstellar object that passed through our solar system (please tell us you haven’t forgotten about ‘Oumuamua!). | Lit Hub Science “Much of what has been created to
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TODAY: In 1763, French Enlightenment poet Louis Racine dies. “Much of what has been created to give purpose to lonely, empty hours will not be seen by future generations—the muffins eaten, the gardens remodeled or abandoned. Words on the page, though, have longevity.” Anne Youngson considers pandemic hobbies and writing fiction. | Lit Hub What
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January 28, 2021, 1:41pm Despite the struggles quarantine posed for musicians, 2020 was a breakout year for 20-year-old singer-songwriter Arlo Parks—from releasing six singles to being named BBC’s Introducing Artist of the Year to to winning the AIM Independent Music Award for One to Watch to teaming up with Phoebe Bridgers on a memorable Radiohead
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TODAY: In 1939, W. B. Yeats dies. “In the years when Christa and I grew up, women didn’t get to be astronauts. They married or gave birth to them.” Joyce Maynard reflects on the day she spent with Christa McAuliffe before the Challenger disaster, 35 years ago today. | Lit Hub History Now that the
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TODAY: In 1898, the first part of the 12-part serialization of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw is published in Collier’s Weekly Magazine. “By the early 1950s, female sexuality, once hailed as explosive, now seemed almost as frightening as communism.” Gabrielle Glaser on the history of “girls in trouble.” | Lit Hub History
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January 26, 2021, 2:30pm Drop your buffs! The reality TV show contestant Stephen Fishbach, most well-known as the strategically gifted runner-up of Survivor: Tocantins and slightly less well-known as one of People’s hottest bachelors of 2009, is now a full-time fiction writer, completing a low-residency MFA at NYU; taking workshops with Nathan Englander and Garth
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TODAY: In 1784, in a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expresses his unhappiness over the eagle as the symbol of America. Also on Lit Hub: A brief history of the death penalty in America • Danielle Gellar traces her mother’s footsteps through artifacts left behind • Read an excerpt from Tove Ditlevsen’s newly translated
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TODAY: In 1950, novelist Gloria Naylor is born. When you have no models to start with, how do you write a Saudi American novel free of stereotypes? Eman Quotah reflects on creating her own literary tradition. | Lit Hub Soledad Fox Maura asks if it’s finally time to ditch the label “domestic fiction.” | Lit Hub
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TODAY: In 1893, Kawatake Mokuami, Japanese dramatist of Kabuki dies.  Turns out, there’s a long and shady history of doctors encouraging anti-vaxxers. | Lit Hub History That hollow feeling when Trump left? That’s because he’ll never, ever feel remorse. | Lit Hub Politics “On careful inspection, it is surprisingly difficult to tell what makes a
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