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Lit Hub Weekly: May 23-27, 2022

TODAY: In 1849, Anne Brontë (far left, with sisters Emily and Charlotte) dies at 29. Yan Lianke explores the overlooked contemporary Chinese literature of mythorealism. | Lit Hub Criticism What writing a novel and tending a garden have in common: Naheed Phiroze Patel in praise of lifelong projects. | Lit Hub Who was Leonardo da Vinci in...

Maggie Shipstead on Dealing with Mistakes in Writing

The following first appeared in Lit Hub’s The Craft of Writing newsletter—sign up here. * Maybe five years ago I read a novel in which a man drowns in a lake, and, a few minutes later, his body is found floating on the water’s surface. If any of my writer friends are reading this, they’re probably groaning because they’ve heard me harp on this example...

Frances Ha is All Grown Up

I wrote a version of this essay, about the Noah Baumbach-Greta Gerwig film Frances Ha, when I was 21 years old. It was 2013, a year and a half after the film came out. I wanted to write about how the film frames its main character’s coming of age, which happens when she is in her late twenties and involves a reevaluation of what it means to properly...

What Should You Read Next? Here Are the Best Reviewed Books of the Month

Elif Batuman’s Either/Or, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Translating Myself and Others, Colin Barrett’s Homesickness, and Ali Smith’s Companion Piece all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Month. Brought to you by Book Marks, Lit Hub’s “Rotten Tomatoes for books.” * Fiction 1. Either/Or by Elif Batuman (Penguin Press) 13 Rave • 7 Positive • 1 Mixed...

Lit Hub Daily: May 27, 2022

TODAY: In 1819, Julia Ward Howe, a prominent American abolitionist and author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” is born.     “It is a fact that if you are looking to raise llamas with another person, you are seriously considering a lifelong commitment to each other.” Aileen Weintraub on finding love in upstate New York. | Lit Hub Memoir ...

Finding Love (and Marriage) by Accident in Upstate New York

Saugerties, a sleepy Hudson Valley town with big shop windows, narrow streets, and an old-fashioned movie theater, surrounded by large tracts of farmland, was known as “the place time forgot.” Two hours north of New York City, it was too far for commuters, so it felt like a world away. This was where I planned to grieve, heal, and write. I rented a...

Visiting My Feminist Foremothers in a Mostly Inaccessible City

In the days before my first-ever trip to London, many friends and acquaintances asked me if I was excited to go. I responded that I was; my husband and I had planned this trip to celebrate our having finally paid off the loans incurred on the way to my earning a doctorate in British Renaissance literature. But now, I confessed, I was apprehensive: How...

When London Got the Marilyn Monroe Fever

On her arrival in England, Marilyn Monroe expressed how much she wanted to meet two people—poet Dame Edith Sitwell and dramatist Sean O’Casey. The latter was thrilled to hear this news, and told the Stage newspaper, “I would love to see her, and I would like to meet her husband, Arthur Miller, one of the greatest American playwrights.” In the end, despite...

Interview with an Indie Press: Dzanc Books

Dzanc Books—a nonprofit independent publisher based in Ann Arbor, Michigan—was once described by one of its authors as publishing the “books that don’t want to be movies.” In addition to pursuing this mission with an eclectic mix of publications—including those by Roy Kesey, Laura van den Berg, Teresa Svoboda, and others—the press runs a residence program...

“Deciding to Put My Writing Out There Has Changed My Life.” A Conversation with Jillian Luft

Micro is a podcast for short but powerful writing. Each week features a few short pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry read by the author. In the accompanying interview series, 5 Qs with Kirsten, Kirsten Reneau chats with a featured reader. * Bars are popular locations in stories, for good reason. We have a shared collective knowledge...

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