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Items of note this quarter:
Time-lapse of Venice
Rediscovering Hermann Adler
The USA is no more
A foreword to Dialogos
Irish poets of today
Here Comes Everipedia
Five complaints from Madrid
Girls' Adventures of Long Ago
The battle for Sanskrit
Videos of medieval bookmaking
Kinnell contra Deconstruction
The cover for Sourdough
A punctuation vigilante
Burgess slang notes found
The Bob sestina
Is your dictionary wrong?
Cigale translating Guschin
Bob Dylan's Nobel lecture
Omni archive now online
Spon-con for Maine lit culture
Zahhak pop-up book
Archambeau on Bourdieu
Arrested for poetry
Free Shakespeare web course
Sonnet cognitive poetics
Literary arts audio archive
The Arts Fuse Mentorship
Adroit Journal, Issue 21
"A Ticket to Write"
Chhetri's "Reclamation"
Honey & Wax competition
Typewritten animation
Back to the mixed-up files
Gorgeous Cthulhu
Booksellers trump Ivanka
What Latin sounded like
Great Wikipedia of China
Why there's no Jewish Narnia
Writing better won't help
Science paper browser helper
Her favorite thing is monsters
Baghdad's wheeled bookshop
Translation slays dragons
A Nazi-punching syllabus
Here comes Liartown
How libraries clean books
Best novel/poetry of 2017?
Pick books for the vault
An English/Farsi Hamlet
A book is a start-up
Cavafy in English accents
A terrarium of language
A new Manhattan Project
New directions in Thai theatre
Quartz on sensitivity readers
Jan Schomburg's debut novel
"We also have anti-fear"
Stix Hiscock, Hugo nominee
An appraisal of lit crit
Adonis awarded PEN prize
Doyle dons Stevenson's voice
Wilde leaves UCLA
After the death of the book
Happy 100th, Leonora C.
African kid lit art award
Monuments and memory
R.I.P. João Gilberto Noll
Whitman's daily routine
A simple postscript
Contra schoolbook publishers
On a yellowed Bible
Abusing the apprentice
Trump's fictional America
Queen of Air, a film poem
Abu Dhabi book fair schedule
Right Hand Pointing #109
Entrancing bookstore tunnel
Michael Collins, midnight writer
Beautiful Losers launch
Books Alive 2017
Didion at home in 1977
Word avalanches & holorimes
Poems in Tolkein's voice
Literary subscription boxes
And so we beat on
Four collections with feeling
Introducing Bovy's Law
Trump inspires! (Limericks.)
Carter bio extract
Poetry after Shoah
The World of Words podcast
Story: "The Last Novelist"
For sale: Strand Hotel & Bar
Make Spain great again
"Have You Got Any Castles?"


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06.20.17: Jamey Hecht reviews a clutch of three chapbooks from Hollyridge Press. link>>

06.19.17: "An honest endeavor to chronicle the few highs and many lows of the Dems’ effort to retain the White House." link>>
06.16.17: Reviewer unsurprised that writers in the Indian sub-continent seek to redress the balance in accounts about the British did there. link>>
06.19.17: "His name itself is a power"; an 1888 commentary on Michel Angelo, his art and era, from Blackwood's. link>>
06.14.17: Grace Cavalieri's May 2017 round-up review of poetry publications. link>>
06.13.17: Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy's long-awaited second novel. link>>
06.12.17: Sean Nam on Adam Kirsch's "informative, if ultimately wanting" pamphlet-length study, The Global Novel. link>>
06.09.17: At a time when the meaning of American greatness is in question, a student of the classics looks back to O’Connor's The Athens of America. link>>
06.08.17: Anjali Nerlekar’s new history is rich with depictions of the Bombay literary scene of the post-1960s period. link>>
06.07.17: The vignettes in Christine Stoddard's Chica/Mujer merit our attention. link>>
06.06.17: Adil Jussawalla’s new poetry collection is an extraordinary comeback. link>>
06.05.17: Is João Gilberto Noll the Brazilian literary phenom we've been waiting for? link>>
06.02.17: David Bowles on poetry collections by Jan Seale and Ángel María Garibay Kintana. link>>
06.01.17: Tilly Nevin reviews Mary Ruefle's "stunning and startling" new collection. link>>
05.31.17: "This is a book recommendation, but it is also a NY story, a publishing story, and … a ghost story." link>>
05.30.17: Making the case for A Hologram for the King as representative of postcolonial literary escapism. link>>
05.29.17: Why you should read Kafka’s Curse by Achmat Dangor, published in 1997. link>>
05.26.17: "In five symmetrical acts, the arc of Dimitrov's bicoastal book lifts like a plane from the earth." link>>
05.25.17: Cassie Jones, double-booking, reviews The Weirdness and The Diabolic. link>>
05.24.17: Paul Byrnes reviews Pablo Larrain's fabulous fantasy biopic about Pablo Neruda. link>>
05.23.17: In a new essay, Bill Marx connects Trumpism to Diane Paulus and the Boston Theater Critics Association. link>>
05.22.17: Everything in Tóibín's retelling of the Oresteia, House of Names, "glows with the special radiance of antiquity." link>>
05.19.17: In Augustown, Kei Miller suggests that everything to know about human beings can be found in the tiny parish of St. Andrew, outside Kingston. link>>
05.18.17: The Gray House, Mariam Petrosyan's 800-page debut novel written over eighteen years, is finally available in English. link>>
05.17.17: "Books like Nobody Killed Her are a striking and important reminder that it is the arts that keep us human." link>>
05.16.17: Bethany W. Pope's Silage presents poetry as salvation, language as a place of private escape. link>>
05.15.17: Ruth Graham's sympathetic review of Set in Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments by historian Jenna Weissman Joselit. link>>

05.12.17: Tabish Khair reviews a collection of Urdu stories that question notions about writings from small towns. link>>

05.11.17: Thomas Dilworth's latest on David Jones is a marvelous account of an artist and poet that time forgot. link>>
05.10.17: Lital Levy's Poetic Trespass, newly in paperback, examines the work of Jews who write in Arabic and Palestinians who write in Hebrew. link>>
05.09.17: Burnett's edition of Larkin is not the first or only, but it is a supreme example of the art of scholarly editing. link>>
05.08.17: The Rise of the Memoir traces the influence of Rousseau, Woolf, Orwell, Maxine Hong Kingston et al. link>>
05.05.17: A review of Héctor Abad's Traiciones de la memoria (in which the antiquarian makes for an unlikely superhero). link>>
05.04.17: In Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, "refugees escape through surreal dark doors that transport them to real places." link>>
05.02.17: In the stories of The Dogs of Inishere, "Alannah Hopkin demonstrates a near impeccable sense of craft." link>>
05.01.17: Leila Slimani's best-selling, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller is plotted with needle-sharp precision. link>>
04.28.17: A review of Sigh the Beloved Country, in which Thato Rossouw explains why Bongani Madondo is a literary jedi. link>>
04.27.17: "The scope and scale of Capitalism… invite comparison with Marx’s Capital itself." link>>
04.26.17: Ryne Hager reviews stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, after whom Japan's greatest literary prize was named. link>>
04.25.17: Mary Germaine reviews Soundings, essays and responses to the work of Massachusetts poet Melissa Green. link>>
04.24.17: Looking back at a uniquely dialogical review of George Kalogeris' Dialogos. link>>
04.21.17: "Starr’s story echoes the real-life narratives…ignored by the news when it comes to police shootings of POC." link>>
04.20.17: Rayyan Al-Shawaf reviews a new translation of Dorit Rabinyan's All the Rivers. link>>
04.19.17: Heather Treseler on Don Paterson's work with the sonnet, "an architectural fixture as germane to Western thought as the flying buttress." link>>
04.18.17: From the now-archived Found Poetry Review blog, a review of Obliterations. link>>
04.17.17: The Locofo Chaps series proves that "politically-oriented" poetry need not be didactic or banal. link>>
04.14.17: Richard Florida moves on from the creative class to tackle inequality, segregation, and infrastructure. link>>
04.13.17: "Rarely do first books feel so in control of their subject matter and in their understanding of the speaker’s self." link>>
04.12.17: "If you read it, your exhaustion might be rewarded with a… masochistic joy." link>>
04.11.17: In the debut review for Tourniquet, John Ebersole looks at Broder's Last Sext. link>>
04.10.17: Paul Rowe reviews Zachary Mason's challenging, breathtaking sophomore novel, the dystopian Void Star. link>>
04.07.17: The Dictator's Dilemma aims to explain why China hasn't collapsed, despite the tensions between political risks and the strain of economic growth. link>>
04.06.17: "Questions of faith and absolution" in The Saints of Rattlesnake Mountain. link>>
04.05.17: Lesley Nneka Arimah's first collection is cohesive, varied, and defiantly original. link>>
04.04.17: Norwich's history of four early modern rulers displays the skill of an able storyteller. link>>
04.03.17: Anis Shivani's comments on American poetry in an "Age of Constriction" remain relevant more than a decade later. link>>
03.31.17: "Beauty in their offset"; Al Kratz on the characters of Alice Kaltman's Staggerwing. link>>
03.30.17: "Kaminski creates a boundless repository for our… ever-shifting experiences of the present moment." link>>
03.29.17: In a double-barreled review for The Electronic Intifada, Sarah Irving looks at two new histories of dragomans. link>>
03.28.17: Stories in new antho of Iraqi sci-fi show how imagination feeds resistance. link>>
03.27.17: "Jewels of sonic invention" in new translations of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. link>>
03.24.17: A heartfelt memoir of Syria before the war, reviewed in The National Book Review. link>>
03.23.17: It's time to review The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia by SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch. link>>
03.22.17: "Gary Lutz has made it perfectly clear that the sentence is where words go to feast or famine." link>>
03.21.17: "Jamison’s book isn’t a biography", but rather a look at Lowell's genius and mania. link>>
Excerpts, Features
and Interviews
06.20.17: What if what we teach as plot is yet another result of the Western project of the individual, and is not representative of how most of us actually experience causality? link>>
06.19.17: MassPoetry gets to know Fred Marchant and his new book, Said Not Said. link>>
06.16.17: This is about the confluence of poetry, Paterson, and Patricia Jones (winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize). link>>
06.15.17: CNN talks with Seth Abramson, the lawyer, poet and professor whose analysis points to Trump's corruption. link>>
06.14.17: An archive of the video content from Robert Pinskys Art of Poetry MOOC. link>>
06.13.17: Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned ably demonstrates that the practice of rewriting fairytales predates feminism and postmodernism. link>>
06.12.17: "I write for purely selfish reasons"; a conversation with darkly comic novelist and storyteller Brian Alan Ellis. link>>
06.09.17: Read Onaiza Drabu's ongoing coverage of South Asian poetry in the Daak blog. link>>
06.08.17: A trio of new poems by the Boston-based writer and scholar Meg Tyler. link>>
06.07.17: "I now possess two things: a sheaf of poems that I am deeply invested in, and a desire to share these poems with the wider world." link>>
06.06.17: Talking about Toad Press with chapbook publisher Genevieve Kaplan. link>>
06.05.17: "Black People Don't," a new short story by Maria Pinto in Great Jones Street. link>>
06.02.17: Reading Seamus Heaney's poetry around Galway Bay, and thinking about transportation of the spirit. link>>
06.01.17: A Boston University magazine profiles Robert Pinsky in seven vignettes. link>>
05.31.17: A new poem from Chris Siteman, from his forthcoming Pen & Anvil chapbook. link>>
05.30.17: David Loftus's deep dive into Harlan Ellison's Deathbird Stories. link>>
05.29.17: Baloch literature as a repository of wisdom, knowledge, love and romanticism. link>>
05.26.17: Book cover goals? "One gobsmackingly clever idea executed with awe-inspiring skill." (h/t Burn Magazine). link>>
05.25.17: In the autumn issue of Meanjin, Leah Swann talks with Ben Okri about the uses of enchantment. link>>
05.24.17: Arundhati Roy's second book is "a densely populated contemporary novel in the tradition of Dickens, Tolstoy, and García Márquez." link>>
05.23.17: Is it possible to read Shakespeare's summer's day sonnet as a love poem in the hot hot heat of India? link>>
05.22.17: Cory Doctorow has an essay in a new antho on Frankenstein, sci-fi, the present, and the future. link>>
05.19.17: Marta Chudolinska discusses the 'zines she and her colleagues are making openly available to everyone through Shared Shelf. link>>
05.18.17: "Where the Woods Burn Black" by Stephen Scott Whitaker, a story of violence in a rural community. link>>
05.17.17: Marc Estrin tells of "the collaboration and dispute that transforms a first draft into a published work." link>>
05.16.17: Later-in-life debut novelist Laura McBride discusses the art of spinning stories. link>>
05.15.17: "It's easier to hire a journalist and teach them content marketing than to teach a content marketer to do journalism." link>>
05.12.17: In this talk, Tom Shippey explores sources of literary creativity in myth, fairy-tale, and modern fantasy. link>>
05.11.17: The science of poetical pleasure, as reported in an article published last month. link>>
05.10.17: Tara Laskowski advises length, language, and lingering for lovely little fictions. link>>
05.09.17: Read Bongani Sibanda's story "The Preventer of Disasters" at Munyori Journal. link>>
05.06.17: Heretics! by father-and-son team Steven & Ben Nadler tells of the 17th-century thinkers who fell afoul of the church. link>>
05.05.17: Writers of color get asked to address identity, not craft. Enough omission! Here's De-canon's long list of POC writers talking nut-and-bolts. link>>
05.04.17: Nearly twenty years on, let's look back at Lex Williford's urging for "a more open, democratic workshop." link>>
05.03.17: Of orphan works, universal libraries, fairness hearings, and the death of the Google Books Search Amended Settlement. link>>
05.02.17: "What editors want shouldn't be a secret; here's how to pitch Fusion." link>>
05.01.17: An interview with 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize shortlisted poet, Richard Oduor Oduku. link>>
04.28.17: A lyrical travelogue by physician and poet Uzo Dibia visiting literary Chile. link>>
04.27.17: Cassandra Jones lists ways 2017 grads can prepare to land a job in publishing. link>>
04.26.17: "Celebrating the song and the singer is part of Zeina’s resistance to claim back the beauty of the Arab world." link>>
04.25.17: The Lofoco Chaps poetry project is sending bagfuls of chapbooks to Trump, c/o The White House. link>>
04.24.17: Cormac McCarthy on language, with the same type of rigor Robert Graves brought to his study of history and myth. link>>
04.21.17: Hannah Macauley-Gierhart on the complicated reality of gender bias in the realms of writing and publishing. link>>
04.20.17: At Lit Hub, an excerpt from the novel God's Ear by Rhoda Lerman (1936-2015). link>>
04.19.17: In this micro-chapbook, Zachary Bos confesses to a poetic preoccupation with Trump. link>>
04.18.17: Vagabond City interviews Talin Tahajian, former editor of Polyphony mag. link>>
04.17.17: Common errors seen in American children's books with South Asian content. link>>
04.14.17: Borges, most important writer of the 20th cent. link>>
04.13.17: A defense on the possibility of world-building, or, how and why to write realistic aliens and magic. link>>
04.12.17: Critic and scholar Christopher Ricks on James's "The Modern Warning." link>>
04.11.17: At Asymptote, a profile of Chad Post, publisher of Open Letter and Three Percent. link>>
04.10.17: Gina Tron talks about writing first-person trauma, over at Hunger Mountain. link>>
04.07.17: Donna Seaman talks with The National Book Review about underappreciated women artists, the struggle to make art, and the role of the critic. link>>
04.06.17: Adam O'Riordan interviewed David Shook for KPFK Radio in Los Angeles. link>>
04.05.17: Interview with Hannah Tinti, editor of One Story and author of a new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. link>>
04.04.17: Tariq Ali argues Lenin’s love of literature helped to shape the Russian Revolution. link>>
04.03.17: Niall O'Sullivan's essay on researching and taxonomising spoken "poet voice." link>>
03.31.17: Droll lines to redirect a current climate of doomsday logic; poems by Gregory Lawless. link>>
03.30.17: Hugo Award winner Nnedi Okorafor on book cover whitewashing. link>>
03.29.17: Photos of vintage book preservation, at the Smithsonian Libraries blog. link>>
03.28.17: "To live in Trump’s America is to live in a world that is stranger than fiction." link>>
03.27.17: Alireza Abiz on the Kafkaesque experience of publishing poetry in Iran. link>>
03.24.17: "The myth of the Writer is that aloneness is inherently literary"; more in SRL. link>>
03.23.17: Brittle Paper's round-up of recent must-reads for an African literary experience. link>>
03.22.17: From 2014, an interview with Dennis Maloney about translation, editing, and forty years of White Pine Press. link>>
03.21.17: Atlas Obscura returns to the Cherubina de Gabriak poetry hoax of 1909. link>>
New Books and
Literary News
06.20.17: Exile Books and the Sackner Archive are hosting a chi-chi dinner tonight in Miami to support the print publication of concrete poetry. link>>
06.19.17: Matthew Zapruder wonders if the intuitive, associative powers of a good poem fail to connect with readers who have been taught about poetry all wrong. link>>
06.16.17: In 2014, Vice took a look at how Tunisians poets were fighting free speech limitations with slam performances. link>>
06.15.17: Sheezy Bo Beezy and Gabrielle Knox, co-founders of Detroit Poetry Society, are profiled in the Metro Times. link>>
06.14.17: The new issue of Modern Poetry in Translation, "Songs of the Shattered Throat," features poems from Indian languages. link>>
06.13.17: Thom Young's social media trolling is the Emperor's New Clothes of pop poetry in the modern moment. link>>
06.12.17: Human-Ghost Hybrid Project is a collaborative poetry publication by Carol Guess and Daniela Olszewska. link>>
06.09.17: What to do now that the Czech Ministry of Culture has cancelled grant funding to a number of lit mags. link>>
06.08.17: College student, unhappy about profane and pro-LGBTQ content on the syllabus, asks court to change her grade from an F to an A.. link>>
06.07.17: The inaugural issue of UConn's journal New Poetry in Translation has landed. link>>
06.06.17: Rare books community programming at the Bentley Rare Book Museum. link>>
06.05.17: Jason Bayani explores the lives of Pinoy immigrants through poetry and story. link>>
06.02.17: A free clip from the audio book of Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles. link>>
06.01.17: The Boston Globe's Dorchester printing plant, finally, goes dark. link>>
05.31.17: Indie publishing house Wave Books "rides the Pulitzer wave." (Get it?) link>>
05.30.17: Scholars studying carbon paper in an old notebook discover two unknown poems by Sylvia Plath. link>>
05.29.17: Congratulations to Jowhor Ile, the first Nigerian to win the Etisalat Prize. link>>
05.26.17: The poems in Ishmael Hope's Rock Piles Along the Eddy explore personal experience and indigenous thought. link>>
05.25.17: Nicaraguans pay posthumous tribute to Carlos Rigby, who championed oral poetry for the people. link>>
05.24.17: Chinese broadcast station CCTV has launched "The Voice"-style reality competition for amateur poets. link>>
05.23.17: Anthology of translated Persian poetry sheds light onto Iranian culture. link>>
05.22.17: RIP Denys Johnson-Davies (1922-2017), late of Cairo, patron saint of Arabic literature in English translation. link>>
05.19.17: Move over, Big 5 publishers. Indie houses aren’t going anywhere! Watch out for a Stalking Horse. link>>
05.18.17: US House of Representatives votes to remove copyright powers from the Librarian of Congress and give them to Trump. link>>
05.17.17: Props and big ups to Julia Fleming, 12-year-old winner of an Alabama state literature title! Keep writing, kiddo. link>>
05.16.17: Clueless or incisive? Hal Niedzviecki tells writers to go ahead and appropriate. link>>
05.15.17: Everyone should expand beyond the Anglo-centric world, and dig into the writings of Mexico's Juan Rulfo. link>>
05.12.17: President of Ireland meets with Duolingo reps, thanking them for their role in helping users connect with Gaelic language learning. link>>
05.11.17: Blackout, Nanni Balestrini's poetry for the Autonomia Operaia, is his first book available in English. link>>
05.10.17: Erika was cataloging in the archives when she noticed an old, double-sided sheet stamped with blackletter type… link>>
05.09.17: The Bosphorus Review of Books is the first English-language online literary magazine based in Turkey. link>>
05.08.17: Many editors get their publishing start as members of the yearbook staff. Is Jostens scamming schools? link>>
05.05.17: Tanzania President John Magufuli, intolerant of press criticism, is further limiting freedom of the press. link>>
05.04.17: This group of Mumbai-based spoken word performers is creating a stir. link>>
05.03.17: An immersive e-book edition of Wilde's The Canterville Ghost, with animation, interactivity, and more. link>>
05.02.17: Nigeria's Romeo Oriogun has won the Brunel Poetry Prize. link>>
05.01.17: A report on the recent activities, growth and successes in the poetry culture of Trinidad and Tobago. link>>
04.28.17: Nairobi-based lit mag Enkare Review has launched their first issue online. link>>
04.27.17: Zapater calls for a poetry "that is read on paper; it seems a little improper to read it on a screen." link>>
04.26.17: A book decried as blasphemous has won the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize. link>>
04.25.17: Writers and creators in Zimbabwe are suffering losses to book piracy. link>>
04.24.17: AmazonCrossing "has in a short time become the most prominent interpreter of foreign fiction into English." link>>
04.21.17: Homeland Security has authorized the release of the list of manuscripts reported stolen from the Archivio di Stato in Venice in the 1950s. link>>
04.20.17: Now trending on social media, a hashtag for "things only women writers hear." link>>
04.19.17: Princeton University will name two campus spaces after black laureates. link>>
04.18.17: What to expect at FILBo 2017, this year's Bogotá International Book Fair." link>>
04.17.17: A podcast discussion from New Welsh Review on the state of Welsh literature. link>>
04.14.17: Florida performers celebrate banned books with burlesque routines. link>>
04.13.17: "If you read it, your exhaustion might be rewarded with a… masochistic joy." link>>
04.12.17: How are professionals in children's publishing talking about Trump? link>>
04.11.17: New book tells the "secret" story of African-American Army unit captured and slaughtered in WWII. link>>
04.10.17: PW polls publishing professionals to ask if they think the industry is too liberal. link>>
04.07.17: An MFA student tells of being reduced to a mere sexual prospect by her instructor, "his beady eyes half hidden." link>>
04.06.17: Corrie Wang's YA debut The Takedown depicts a near future in which technology is both tool and threat. link>>
04.05.17: Some of the numbers from Ben Blatt's statistical analysis of the classics, bestsellers, and our own writing. link>>
04.04.17:, a long-time haven for fans of sci-fi and fantasy, is closing shop. link>>
04.03.17: Korean novel sparks online debate about "parasite moms" and "meat shields." link>>
03.31.17: A rediscovered novel revives the forgotten history encompassing Harlem writers, communism, Russophobia, and black nationalism. link>>
03.30.17: "Gender gap in fiction writing is shrinking, but women still seek recognition." link>>
03.29.17: Found Poetry Review is closing shop, but the editors are moving on to Container. link>>
03.28.17: Lost Southern Voices festival to put focus on forgotten or lesser-known writers. link>>
03.27.17: How investigators got Dr. Fraud on the editorial boards of numerous predatory open-access journals. link>>
03.23.17: Until Friday, Verso's new history of direct action in the US is available for 40% off. link>>
03.22.17: Yunus Emre Institute and French National Library team up to preserve and digitize Ottoman manuscripts. link>>
03.21.17: The spring issue of Rattle features poets who have worked in agencies including the EPA, the FDA and the CIA. link>>

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