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Items of note this quarter:
Cops troll crooks w/Xmas rhyme
a Borgesian puzzle video game
Boston police quoting Hughes
from punk to Persian poetry
Jolabokaflod's coming
pobiz discussion thread
audiobook subway car
frisket bite and other book terms
Manson's hideous self-help
on deranged realism
call for submissions of failure
Stranger Things bookcovers
craven thoughts and prayers
unjudgeable covers
The Punch Escrow
the linguistics of poet voice
interesting people read poetry
library buses in Ankara
stock price poetry
against art world sexism
boatloads of books
Kushner the aliterate publisher
indomitable orphans
poets stepping on poets
Boston Anarchist Book Fair
a horrible terrible book
sci-fi and philosophy CFP
bad ideas about writing
Papyrus madness
we are all Thingum Bob
editorial pity licks
Sentilles on suffering
Rosetta Stone on Sketchfab
pasta-maker printing press
Plath's lost novel

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Reviews and
Criticism
12.01.17: Future Home of the Living God is "grippingly credible saga", in part due "to the nagging unease some feel in the current political environment." link>>
11.30.17: The latest book from historian Mark Mazower is a family memoir set during the Russian Revolution. link>>
11.29.17: Isabel Galleymore reads a poem "that emphasises the impossible slipperiness of interpretation." link>>
11.28.17: Lucy Scholes‏ reviews Nicola Pugliese's Malacqua, trans. by Shaun Whiteside. link>>
11.27.17: A pocket history and appreciation of Spanish sci-fi in the 21st century. link>>
11.24.17: Gig Ryan reviews two poetry collections elegizing the ideals of home. link>>
11.23.17: "Perhaps nothing gets more in the way of reading and writing as the raw shock of violence." link>>
11.22.17: Jasanoff explores Conrad’s world "with the compass of a historian, the chart of a biographer, the navigational sextant of a fiction reader." link>>
11.21.17: Volume III is "a kaleidoscopic collection of the juiciest Tamil pulp fiction." link>>
11.20.17: How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas "is too clever for its own good." link>>
11.17.17: On Robyn Sarah's exquisite, untrendy poetry of leaves, rain, snow, wind, sidewalks and shadows. link>>
11.16.17: The selected prose of Franz Kafka, reviewed by Eric Andrew Newman. link>>
11.15.17: "Jeet Thayil is arguably the last of the meaningful bridge figures in Indian letters." link>>
11.14.17: "There is so much there that it is difficult to convey an idea of the scope of the poems"; Joe Green on Ben Mazer. link>>
11.13.17: The stories of Carmen Maria Machado's debut collection interlace the quotidien with otherworldly disquiet. link>>
11.10.17: The nightmare of 2016 "haunts every page" of Todd Swift’s new collection. link>>
11.09.17: Mani Rao reviews Available Light, new and collected poems by C.P. Surendran. link>>
11.08.17: Reviewed in DRB, an exceptional novel from an Angolan writer details brutality, cynicism and tragedy of war. link>>
11.07.17: One of Jeet Thayil’s major achievements is his way of rendering irrelevant distinctions between fact and fiction. link>>
11.06.17: Meia Geddes' The Little Queen is a gentle, graceful allegory of self-discovery. link>>
11.03.17: Biography tracks the rags-to-riches evolution of Oriana Fallaci into a bombastic, chain-smoking author. link>>
11.02.17: Anne Compton’s essays trace themes of ekphrasis, home, childhood, beauty, etc. link>>
11.01.17: From the Kyivan Rus’ to the height of Soviet power, Lost Kingdom explains the Russian drive to expand. link>>
10.31.17: Jim Swearingen reviews the Trump campaign memoir of political journalist and road warrior, Katy Tur. link>>
10.30.17: Dibyajyoti Sarma reviews Manohar Shetty's Morning Light for Indian Literature. link>>
10.27.17: Two recent comics with female protagonists help make the case that YA isn't only for young adult readers. link>>
10.26.17: Michael Vatikiotis gives a personal, accessible examination of the politics of modern Southeast Asia. link>>
Excerpts, Features
and Interviews
12.01.17: “The Go-Between”, an excerpt from a novel by actor and writer David Tacium. link>>
11.28.17: Russell Bennetts odes the holistic egg-and-eggplant pell-mell in Clover Food Lab. link>>
11.27.17: "Poetry is late for meetings"; an interview with New Delhi's Medha Singh. link>>
11.24.17: An interview with Columbia MFA grad Emily Skillings, about prompts, and dance, and teaching, and writing. link>>
11.23.17: Steven Lewis sides with Ginsburg on the matter of making poetry transparent. link>>
11.22.17: Meet Otis Kidwell Burger, aged 93, writer, sculptor, and literary salon host. link>>
11.21.17: Months after the fact, a self-deprecating interviewer tries to reconstruct her chat with Jeremy P. Bushnell. link>>
11.20.17: Mike Maggio talks poetry and process, polemics and ekphrasis, and the power of collaboration. link>>
11.17.17: A performance by Moroccan slam poet Moniem Slameur, on the Maghrib in Past & Present podcast. link>>
11.16.17: "Just know, wild eye, which of us is truly wild"; a new poem from Corey Howard." link>>
11.15.17: This week's Smarty Pants podcast focuses on literature in translation. link>>
11.14.17: Adriana Delgado talks with journalist-turned-novelist, Elizabeth Day. link>>
11.13.17: The debut episode is now available of Bulaq, a podcast about contemporary writing from and about the Middle East and North Africa. link>>
11.10.17: "The waves made her believe there was something bigger than herself"; a story by Joanna Valente. link>>
11.09.17: "Kirkus has somehow managed to misapprehend both the nature of reviewing and the nature of books." link>>
11.08.17: "The poets, and the crocodiles, were territorial to the extreme;" an interview. link>>
11.07.17: A poem in Berfrois by Moroccan teacher, writer, and scholar, El Habib Louai. link>>
11.06.17: "... byzantine caged substations"; a new poem from Rob Chalfen. link>>
11.03.17: The Rumpus talks with Maggie Smith, whose “Good Bones” went viral last fall. link>>
11.02.17: From the Fulcrum archives, Philip Nikolayev and Marc Vincenz chat about accessibility in contemporary poetry. link>>
11.01.17: Can new fairy tales warn and ready us for the perils of the present day? link>>
10.31.17: On Americanness and self-translation in the exile poetry of Joseph Brodsky. link>>
10.30.17: A wide-ranging discussion of Rupi Kaur and the status of insta-poetry. link>>
10.27.17: A mountain poem by Meghan Lamb. link>>
10.26.17: Mortician takes readers on a multi-cultural quest to find "the good death." link>>
10.25.17: Anne Carson: ‘I do not believe in art as therapy’. link>>
10.23.17: From the SF Signal archives, an interview with Hugo Award-winner Peter Watts. link>>
10.02.17: Meeting the string woman; an excerpt from Meia Geddes' The Little Queen. link>>
New Books and
Literary News
11.28.17: Per Indiana Gazette, IUP to remove 170,000 unused books from its libraries. link>>
11.27.17: Librarians and authors petition UK Education Minister to preserve school libraries. link>>
11.24.17: What does it mean for writers and scholars of African literature to be unaware of their literary past? link>>
11.23.17: Alas, this enticingly instagrammable show-stopper in China is a Potemkin library. link>>
11.22.17: An Istanbul University symposium remembers the Iranian poet Shahriar. link>>
11.21.17: Sales for the smallest indie publishers in the UK are up 79% in the last year. link>>
11.20.17: A dispatch from Boundless, a festival devoted to Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers. link>>
11.17.17: Eminent Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Kunwar Narayan, 1927-2017. link>>
11.16.17: Vidigal literary festival brings books and poetry to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. link>>
11.15.17: Emi Mahmoud fled war in Darfur, now uses poetry to put a human face on crises many feel too remote to. link>>
11.14.17: "You are only their accidental creator"; Manohar Shetty on his new collection of old and new material. link>>
11.13.17: A terrifically credulous report highlights a publishing competition run by an amateur press in Hong Kong. link>>
11.10.17: Celebrations and commemorations as Grolier Poetry Book Shop hits 90. link>>
11.09.17: At Ron Slate's On the Seawall, eight poets recommend new books. link>>
11.08.17: Against the outcry of scholars and cultural nationalists, estate auctions Yeats materials to private buyers. link>>
11.07.17: Sydney’s proudly left-wing Gould’s Book Arcade readying to close, following "white bread" gentrification. link>>
11.06.17: Seattle, Washington, is the second US city to be named a UNESCO city of literature. link>>
11.03.17: A Russian teacher faces new trial for poems in praise of the Ukraine. link>>
11.02.17: Preeminent Chinese e-book publisher raises over a billion dollars in shares value. link>>
11.01.17: Are the editors of Asymptote journal of translation behaving badly? link>>
10.31.17: Organizer intends the Ghana Writers Awards to be the ‘Ghanaian Pulitzers’. link>>
10.30.17: Shanghai museum exhibit blends poetry with music, dance, and dino fossils. link>>
10.27.17: Poems addressing corruption in Zimbabwe to be read at NYC rights festival. link>>
10.26.17: Historian finds that children of Communist elites in the 1930s read Goethe, Kipling and Wilde, not Marx. link>>
10.25.17: The Czech State Prize for Literature has been awarded to novelist Jáchym Topol. link>>
10.24.17: The Ransom Center is now home to the Echenberg War Poetry Collection. link>>
09.26.17: On the decline and recent new interest in China of translations of Russian lit. link>>
09.25.17: The Australian Book Review announces its open letter in support of marriage equality, signed by writers, artists, and other public figures. link>>
09.21.17: Preview the literary events on deck for the South Dakota Festival of Books. link>>

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