Tuesday, December 18, 2018
The disaster of the Great Fire of London was keenly felt by those who had lost everything to the blaze in early September 1666. Among them were the women who worked the capital’s streets distributing the only newspaper of the time, ‘The London Gazette’. In letters preserved at The National Archives one of these women, Mrs Andrews, pointed out that she had lost all her worldly goods and had ‘noe more cloathes than shee had on her back’.
More: The National Archives blog
Emily Temple counted 52 lists from 37 sources, which added up to a grand total of 880 books and figured out which individual books were the most often recommended.
Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and Tommy Orange, There There, appeared on the most lists (19 of 52).
More: Literary Hub
Monday, December 17, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She's pursued by a paramilitary known only by the milkman, and despite her efforts to avoid him, rumors spread and danger looms. Read an excerpt from Anna Burns' 2018 Man Booker Prize winner, Milkman.
The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat andContinue reading
Monday, December 10, 2018
Sunday, December 09, 2018
Heidi Sopinka, author of ‘The Dictionary of Animal Languages,’ recommends ‘coming of death’ novels.
Read about them here
|LUCIA, JEFF, AND MARK, ACAPULCO, 1961. |
PHOTO: BUDDY BERLIN (© 2018 LITERARY ESTATE OF LUCIA BERLIN LP).
Author Lucia Berlin called many different places home during her lifetime. She compiled a list in the late eighties detailing the pitfalls of some of them.
- Juneau, Alaska—Avalanche the day I was born, wiped out a third of town.
- Deer Lodge, Montana—No heat, just the oven. Earthquake.
- Helena, Montana—Splinters in the cellar door. Blizzards.
- Mullan, Idaho—River right outside, too dangerous to play. Mill right by. Stay inside. Flood.
- Sunshine Mine, Idaho—Paper-thin walls. Mama crying crying. Woodstove smoked. Avalanches.
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
"Grenfell Tower, June 2017"
By Ben Okri
It was like a burnt matchbox in the sky.
It was black and long and burnt in the sky.
You saw it through the flowering stumps of trees. You
saw it beyond the ochre spire of the church. You saw
it in the tears of those who survived.
You saw it through the rage of those who survived.
You saw it past the posters of those who had burnt to ashes. You saw
it past the posters of those who jumped to their deaths. You saw it
through the TV images of flames through windows Running up the
You saw it in print images of flames bursting out from the roof. You
heard it in the voices loud in the streets.
You heard it in the cries in the air howling for justice.
You heard it in the pubs the streets the basements the digs. You
heard it in the wailing of women and the silent scream Of orphans
wandering the streets.
You saw it in your baby who couldn’t sleep at night Spooked
by the ghosts that wander the area still trying To escape the
fires that came at them black and choking. You saw it in your
dreams of the dead asking if living Had no meaning being
poor in a land
Where the poor die in flames without warning.
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Saturday, December 01, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Yes indeed to those who asked: I’m writing a sequel to The #HandmaidsTale. #TheTestaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and is narrated by three female characters. It will be published in Sept 2019. More details: https://t.co/e1umh5FwpX pic.twitter.com/pePp0zpuif— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 28, 2018
In her new film “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a frustrated aspiring poet who discovers that a boy in her kindergarten class may be a budding literary genius, and begins co-opting his verses as her own.
Read more: The New York Times