The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of a handful of writers/bloggers that I greatly admire and make an effort to read on a daily basis — he’s that good. Yes, much of his writing is on race in America, but what makes him so good is that he’s able to spin his writings on race [...]
Ken Liu’s incredible story “Paper Menagerie” just became the first work of fiction to win all three of science fiction’s major awards: the Hugo, the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award. However, Liu’s story is more magical realism than it is science fiction. You can read the entire thing over at io9. And by “can”, [...]
Load up Instapaper! Conor Friedersdorf just published his annual list of the best nonfiction writing from 2011. The list is so good, I’m not even sure where you should start, but you probably can’t go wrong making an effort to work through all 101 pieces.
From the Atlantic Wire: A previously unpublished 22,000 word Kurt Vonnegut novella called Basic Training is getting the Kindle Single treatment, courtesy of RosettaBooks. According to the publisher, Vonnegut wrote the book “about 60 years ago” and intended to publish it under the pseudonym Mark Harvey, so as not to upset the apple cart at General Electric, [...]
You know what’s fairly remarkable? I’ve never actually read The Phantom Tollbooth. Somehow, I just never read it as a kid. And I’ve decided after reading this New Yorker retrospective to finally remedy that failure in my life. It’s a commonplace of scholarship to insist that children’s literature came of age when it began to [...]
From Open Culture: Set for release on October 4th, The Magic of Reality will be unlike any book written by Richard Dawkins before. It is illustrated for starters, and largely geared toward young and old readers alike. Perfect, he says, for anyone 12 and up. When it comes to the structure and gist of the book, Dawkins does a [...]
The Guardian compiles their list of the 100 best non-fiction books ever written. Certainly not definitive by any means, but bookmark it for that moment when you’re looking for something to balance out that crime thriller or sci fi novel. Really glad they included Michael Herr’s Dispatches, which along with Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, [...]
Do yourself a favor: stop what you’re doing and go read “The Last Post” by Derek Miller and then go call every single person you love and tell them. Life is too short and this gave me a basket full of emotional weepies.
The New York Times releases it’s annual list of their 100 notable books. These are the ten books that sound most intriguing to me (and omitting the obvious ones like Franzen’s Freedom, or Steig Larssen’s The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, etc.): THE ASK. By Sam Lipsyte. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25.) A deeply [...]
There’s nothing better than a good whodunit for a Saturday afternoon. In this case, it’s even better, because the story of a Florida woman found raped and beaten in a ditch (and with no memory of the events to boot), is a true crime story from Mark Bowden. After a woman living in a hotel [...]