Lit Hub Weekly: November 30 - December 4, 2020

Lit Hub Weekly
November 30 - December 4, 2020

TODAY: In 1826, from his boarding school, Nikolai Gogol writes home to his mother, describing a “radical new change” in his poetic style. Only two pieces he wrote during this period have survived.
TODAY: In 1826, from his boarding school, Nikolai Gogol writes home to his mother, describing a “radical new change” in his poetic style. Only two pieces he wrote during this period have survived.
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ALSO THIS WEEK ON LITERARY HUB
Isabel Wilkerson on one of America’s original sins • Damion Searls translating Rilke • In which Jeff VanderMeer considers the cephalopod • Anna Badkhen grapples with the climate of evil at Auschwitz • Lizzy Saxe on colonial nostalgia in fantasy writing • Aaron Gilbreath on letting go of a book after 20 years • Doug Mack on the view of America from Belorussia • Wojciech Jagielski on the ghosts of the Chechnyan War • Looking back at Obama in the early senate years: a photo-history by David Katz • How social medicine can help us understand pandemics • On the life of John of Sacrobosco • John Gray goes deep on the philosophy of the feline • The hard luck tale of one of the world’s great libraries • Kelly Link very much thinks you should read Robertson Davies’s great Canadian classic, Fifth Business • Snapshots of 19th-century bohemian New York • Leonardo Da Vinci was one of the least prolific painters of his time • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on his beloved wife Aliya • Wendy Ortiz on the urges that never quite leave us • Delphine Minoui on reading as refuge from a civil war • On the misguided Norwegian exceptionalism underlying the Nobel Peace Prize • On the one and only Harriet the Spy • Sydney Stern, biographer of the Mankiewicz Brothers, weighs in on Mank • Thomas Maltman finds a little humility teaching in the Mojave • On the rise of the NBA game as spectacle • On the loneliness of men • Aubrey Gordon on the pervasiveness of fatphobia • A conversation between Aminatta Forna and Maaza Mengiste
A Mistake Incomplete by Lorenzo Petruzziello
THE BEST OF BOOK MARKS
A year of literary listening: AudioFile's best nonfiction audiobooks of 2020 • Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley recommends five Émile Zola novels about Paris • On her birthday, a classic review of Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem • Black Swan GreenThe Once and Future KingMoominvalley in November, and more rapid-fire book recs from François Vigneault • Jane Smiley’s Perestroika in Paris, Thomas Perry’s Eddie’s Boy, and Ijeoma Oluo’s Mediocre all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Week
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NEW ON CRIMEREADS
Chelsea G. Summers makes a case for the serial killer novel as the new feminist fiction • J. Kingston Pierce on the unconventional private eyes of Stanley Ellin • “The Ferrari. The Hawaiian shirts. The short-short shorts. The mustache!” Keith Roysdon on Magnum, P.I. • Translator Donald Nicholson-Smith reflects on the legacy of Jean-Patrick Manchette, who revolutionized French noir (twice) • An appreciation of David Fincher’s meticulous noir, from Zach Vasquez • Caz Frear with five of crime fiction’s most ambiguous endings • Harriet Tyce looks at the literature of kids under pressure • Clare Mackintosh knows that it’s story, not genre, that makes a book • James Sallis on Golden Age crime writer Todd Downing’s fascination with death in Mexico • Tessa Wegert recommends six mysteries that prove you can’t go home again
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