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Olivia Colman is your new Miss Havisham.

Down your blacksmith tools and shake the moths out of your wedding dress, because Olivia Colman (The Favorite, The Father) and Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders, Spencer) are bringing Big Dickens Energy back to our TV screens. Great Expectations—an upcoming BBC/FX period drama miniseries based on Charles Dickens’ 1861 bildungsroman in which a orphan named...

Pedro Pascal has pretty good taste in books.

Everyone’s talking about Pedro Pascal this week—probably because of his star turn as Eddie in the 1999 season premiere of season four of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (“The Freshman”), right? As you no doubt remember, in that episode, Eddie tells Buffy that his “security blanket” is a copy of W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage, which he has read “like,...

Viola Davis attains EGOT status with her audiobook win at last night’s Grammys.

Viola Davis, one of the best actors of her generation, achieved EGOT status last night at the Grammys when she went home with the hardware for Best Audiobook (Narration and Storytelling), for reading her own memoir, Finding Me. (EGOT is when someone has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony). Next to what seems like an otherwise achievable* trifecta...

Who Really Was Margaret Fuller Before Her Sudden Death?

For tens of thousands of years, human beings have been using fictional devices to shape their worlds and communicate with one another. Four thousand years ago they began writing down these stories, and a great flourishing of human achievement began. We know it today as literature, a term broad enough to encompass everything from ancient epic poetry...

Lit Hub Daily: February 6, 2023

TODAY: In 1939, Raymond Chandler’s first full-length novel, The Big Sleep, is published by Knopf.    “Will this book, like so many cultural products made by creatives of color, be expected to somehow prove the viability of Black novels in the marketplace?” Debut author Laura Warrell on publishing while Black. | Lit Hub Memoir Rapid-fire reviews...

Literary Dispatches from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival

As the first major festival of the year, Sundance has the honor of giving a first glimpse of what cinema has to offer in the forthcoming months. Making its return to Park City, Utah, after two years of virtual editions, Sundance’s expansive lineup features a blend of high-profile titles and low-key indies equally worthy of attention. This year’s festival...

Laura Warrell on Publishing While Black

The young Black woman giggles behind her hands as she sits in the furthest corner of the lecture hall at the DC public library where I’m launching Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm, my debut novel about a cast of women, of all ages and backgrounds, who become entangled with a freedom-loving jazz musician. I assume she’s amused because she, too, has been seduced...

Queer Correspondence: On the Radical Potential of Epistolary Poetry

In the beginning of Swann’s Way, Proust’s narrator recalls an evening of childhood anxiety, sequestered in his bedroom as his parents host a dinner party downstairs. Overcome with loneliness, the boy writes a letter to his mother. Proust describes the immense relief of this act: as soon as the letter is created, the boy feels connected to his addressee,...

Bedtime Stories From Toni Morrison: Priscilla Gilman on Her Singular Literary Upbringing

Family memoirs are never about one thing. There’s always a compelling domestic story; in her new memoir, The Critic’s Daughter, Priscilla Gilman tells a fascinating story about her dynamic parents and the literary world that they inhabited. But good memoirs always involve a secondary subplot (or several) that undergirds the memoir’s dramatic arc—otherwise,...

“At the Crossroads,” a Poem by Dana Gioia

Here are the crossroads where old women come Under the quarter moon to cast their spells, And where young lovers meet to argue out The secret terms of their surrender. It is a place that each sees differently— The salesman scouting, soldiers tramping home, The scholar napping by the riverbank While someone else’s fortune drifts downstream. But...

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