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Items of note:
Tajik poet vexes village
denying NY prisoners books
keep it up, Malawi poets
Doodle to tribute Farouk Shousha
Lily Cole vs Brontė acolytes
the best reader in London
papercraft bookcovers
support Dave's reviewing
men are fake poets
restoring books lost in Baghdad
"we are wasting our time"
can we trust Wolff's reporting
Fry reads Douglas Adams
the Black Mirror ur-episode
Sci Fi World translation issue
UK libraries going staffless
against facing books backwards
Scarriet's 2018 Poetry Hot 100
hidden songs of the Shah
poem with a northern accent
praising strange books
resolutions for resistance
year's best booze books
some genre faves for 2017
a wayback review of Andalucia
Urbivore, a spec-fic story
loving Trader Joe's circular
Lovecraftian Netflix show
Slug Mag on slam

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01.16.18: Jessica Sequeira has some thoughts on a first novel by Chilean writer Fe Orellana. link>>
01.15.18: Paul Rowe on power in obscurity, in Léann Herlihy's Self-Sacrifice as Success. link>>
01.12.18: Rayyan Al-Shawaf sees where the creepy stuff begins to seep out in Leila Slimani's The Perfect Nanny. link>>
01.10.18: "Stephen Spender all too often comes across as a slightly ludicrous figure." link>>
01.09.18: Jon Maniscalco reads Lords of St. Thomas, the debut novel of Jackson Ellis. link>>
01.08.18: Gary Saul Morson on the literary works, the cathedrals, of Solzhenitsyn. link>>
01.05.18: A brief review of Kaveh Akbar’s debut full-length collection, "an incisive look into addiction and sobriety." link>>
01.02.18: The essays in The Death of Public Knowledge point up the ways neoliberalism erodes the resources which undergird the general intellect. link>>
01.01.18: The fascinating tale of the Great Northern Expedition, which laid the Russian path east through Siberia. link>>
12.29.17: In DRB this month, Nessa O’Mahony reviews new collections by Clairr O’Connor and Máiríde Woods. link>>
12.28.17: The life and work artist Bas Jan Ader shadow Niña Weijers’s brilliant debut novel, The Consequences. link>>
12.27.17: Death: A Graveside Companion delivers morbid tidbits and illuminating essays by death industry experts. link>>
12.26.17: Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach demands patience of the reader. link>>
12.25.17: "… to frame Cuban independence as a process that evolved in Cuba and in relation to the United States alone is to constrain the past." link>>
12.22.17: Thinking ahead to Mortal Engines, we look back to Inverted World. link>>
12.21.17: A collection of Ayub Khawar’s poems shows evidence of translation as an exercise in damage control. link>>
12.20.17: Cassie Jones, double-booking, reviews The Weirdness and The Diabolic. link>>
12.19.17: A new history of the IWW explains how the Wobblies were many things to many people across the globe. link>>
12.18.17: This nonfiction study of a string of arsons in rural Virginia reports but doesn't feel. link>>
12.15.17: Missing Hitch, we look back to this 1990 review of Blood, Class, and Nostalgia. link>>
12.14.17: Alex Nichols on Ready Player One, an apex of "self-satisfied male nerdism." link>>
12.12.17: Cassandra Nelson on Elizabeth Bishop and "the work of preservation." link>>
12.11.17: A new biography of the brilliant, courageous, and iconoclastic Oriana Fallaci. link>>
Excerpts, Features
and Interviews
01.16.18: At the PSA website, Emily Skillings explicates her own poem "Matron of No". link>>
01.15.18: At Read African Books, an interview with Shiraz Durrani and Kimani Waweru about radical publisher Vita Books. link>>
01.12.18: Science-fiction novelist Samuel R. Delany talks with Slate about the work habits of his queer career. link>>
01.11.18: Why Dan Kieran of Unbound is giving up reading books by white men. link>>
01.10.18: An interview, touching on good carpenters and God-culture, with the publicity shy Robert Bringhurst. link>>
01.09.18: "Loss", a microfiction by Danijela Trajković, is now online at Modern Literature. link>>
01.08.18: In this story by Shilpi Suneja, a Hindu girl encounters Christianity in her dorms. link>>
01.05.18: AQR's film version of "Shaawatke'é's Birth", in Tlingit and English, is now online. link>>
01.04.18: Abhay Kumar makes the case for why India needs a national poetry library. link>>
01.03.18: "Sometimes on a whim, I google writers who committed suicide;" a poem by Abhijit Khandkar. link>>
01.02.18: Jezebel talks with the author of a new bio of Lucy Parsons, a radical and "walking contradiction of terms." link>>
01.01.18: "Serenity of the Moon", a new short story by Iraqi writer Jalal Hasan. link>>
12.29.17: A feature text by Irish performance artist Léann Herlihy, "The sacrificed calf feeds from the swollen udder." link>>
12.28.17: "Not baiting fish but baiting time"; an angling sonnet by Zoë Sather. link>>
12.27.17: Susan McDonald explains why she's been reading Auden for 30 years. link>>
12.26.17: "Its strength comes from the recognition of human frailty"; an interview with poet Mahmoud Darwish. link>>
12.25.17: Reviewing two collections from Commune Editions, a press which views itself as "a raised fist of new activist poetry." link>>
12.22.17: Joanna C. Valente recommends six nonbinary or transgender creators you should know about. link>>
12.21.17: New in The Charles River Journal, U. S. Dhuga's "Sonnets on the Dole." link>>
12.20.17: Three poems by Adi Shankara, trans. from Sanskrit by Philip Nikolayev. link>>
12.19.17: "They remember and the island turns over new leaves"; a poem by Nick Panteli. link>>
12.18.17: Clive James gives Martin Amis a drink and a smoke, to chat about Portnoy's Complaint, morality, and so on. link>>
12.15.17: Two new works from Boston poet Erick Verran. link>>
12.14.17: Emilia Phillips considers the poetics of bewilderment on the Ploughshares blog. link>>
12.13.17: Vlad Savich gets philosophical with the actor and novelist David Tacium. link>>
12.12.17: Useni Eugene Perkins, 85, is the most famous Chicago poet you've never heard of. link>>
12.11.17: A holidays chat with Melissa de la Cruz, author of the new gender-swap novel Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe. link>>
New Books and
Literary News
01.16.18: Boston bids farewell to poet Walter Howard, the open micer's open micer. link>>
01.15.18: The publisher of the Boston Herald walks away with millions, and no apologies. link>>
01.12.18: A new antho redresses the lack of women in other compilations of Irish poets. link>>
01.11.18: Lisa Robertson has won the inaugural $40,000 C.S. Wright Award for Poetry. link>>
01.10.18: 2018 marks a quarter-century of literary production from above/ground press. link>>
01.09.18: A new Korean exhibit of art and poetry responds to the 6,000-year-old Bangudae petroglyphs. link>>
01.08.18: Thinking of Milo, Barbara Fister weighs in on the question of the danger of books. link>>
01.05.18: Fred Bass, the longtime overseer of 18 miles of books, passes away, leaves his daughter to carry on legacy. link>>
01.04.18: A trove in Lithuania has been uncovered, containing Yiddish and Jewish literature hidden from the Nazis. link>>
01.03.18: As goes Book World (RIP), so goes brick-and-mortar book retail nationwide. link>>
01.02.18: The Dipper rounds up news and events from New England's literary north. link>>
01.01.18: Gallimard leaps at the chance to reprint works of Louis-Ferdinand Céline, beloved French author and anti-Semite. link>>
12.29.17: The growing market online in China for literature is feeding a boom of screen adaptations. link>>
12.28.17: "Old timber to new fires"; Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue on their critical edition of T. S. Eliot’s poetry. link>>
12.27.17: How Fatima Al Qadiri uses the Internet to create her protest poetry. link>>
12.26.17: Young writers from India & Pakistan host joint events in New Delhi & Karachi. link>>
12.25.17: Sarah Ruhl reflects on Trump's decision not to attend the Kennedy Center awards. link>>
12.22.17: Coming in February from Bordighera Press, The Arab's Ox: Stories of Morocco. link>>
12.21.17: Congratulations to the young Nigerians who have won the inaugural Kreative Diadem writing contest. link>>
12.20.17: Thanks to Dan Brown, 3,500 occult manuscripts to be made available online. link>>
12.19.17: A petition to convert a literary landmark into a museum of literary Boston. link>>
12.18.17: The famed manuscript library at St. Catherine monastery in Egypt has reopened. link>>
12.15.17: Indie bookstores tell Electric Lit which books are most often shoplifted. link>>
12.14.17: Public art and urban poetry transform the city of Douala, Cameroon. link>>
12.13.17: Former Gawker employees are crowdsourcing to keep the site out of the hands of the man who shut it down. link>>
12.12.17: Tapsalteerie seeks submissions for poetry pamphlets in Scots, Gaelic & English. link>>

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