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Lit Hub Weekly: March 13–17, 2023

  • Ursula K. Le Guin’s son and literary executor,  Theo Downes-Le Guin, reflects on why he decided to update language in her children’s books—and the note she left that guided his decision. | Lit Hub

  • A more interesting autofiction: DK Nnuro examines how Black writers are “appropriating” their way into a literary movement. | Lit Hub Criticism

  • Book cataloguing is less an art, not really a science, and more of a completely unstandardized, decentralized carnival fire.” Oliver Darkshire on the rare book trade. | Lit Hub

  • Why Oscar Wilde is a ghost twice over in Dublin. | Lit Hub History

  • Idra Novey’s Take What You Need, Ann Napolitano’s Hello Beautiful, and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s A Stranger in Your Own City all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Week. | Book Marks

  • Olivia Rutigliano has some questions about Guy Ritchie’s Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre. | CrimeReads

  • Thirteen things you need to know about the longlisted books for the International Booker Prize. | The Booker Prize

  • Would you steal hundreds of unpublished manuscripts simply for the pleasure of reading them? | The New York Times

  • “I’m an absolute hobbit.” A profile of the genius Kelly Link. | Vulture

  • “Sensitivity reading ‘on the fly’ is an invaluable tool for parents reading to children. It can even be a useful exercise for authors who revisit their work at a later stage. It is less helpful, I think, when it is used by commercial entities to obscure the cultural history of storytelling.” Jan Grue on the disabled villain and sensitivity reading. | The Guardian

  • Here’s what travel writers think you should be packing on that trip you desperately need. | Travel & Leisure

  • The Toni Morrison stamp is finally here! | CNN

  • Sara Youngblood Gregory looks at femininity and gender roles in post-apocalypse narratives, from The Last of Us to Octavia Butler. | Cosmopolitan

  • D.T. Max chronicles the many reinventions of H. G. Carrillo, a novelist whose writings on the malleable nature of identity made him a star in the world of contemporary Latino literature—until a family member’s correction to his obituary revealed that he wasn’t Latino after all. | The New Yorker

  • “Coulette was, at least for formal poets, the first one who was entirely at home in the chaotic and rich diversity of Los Angeles.” Remembering Henri Coulette, a forgotten voice of Los Angeles. | Los Angeles Daily News

  • The Secret Garden emphasizes the interconnectedness of all of life, something I’ve never felt more aware of than in this perilous, plague-weary period.” Meaghan Mulholland reflects on reading The Secret Garden to her daughter while receiving treatment for Long COVID. | Electric Literature

  • ChatGPT might be able to help with your science homework, but it still can’t pass English class. | The Toronto Star

  • “Fosse grabs hold of us, intellectually and physiologically, and asks that we cleave to a state of mind largely lost to secular modernity: paying attention.” A deep dive on the great Jon Fosse. | The Point

  • The week in book bans: Two people were arrested in Hong Kong for carrying children’s books · A Michigan school superintendent apologizes for randomly pulling LGBQT books from shelves · Parents are freaking out about “sexually explicit” books in Illinois · Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give is… back on shelves in Mississippi! | The World But Mainly America

  • Are all of Shakespeare’s plays about race? | The Atlantic

  • Would you dump your fiancé if he wouldn’t read Middlemarch? Mona Simpson did. | The New York Times

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