The Male vs. Female Perspective
The London Book Fair is in full swing and a lot of debate on gendered writing has been swirling around. “Although the majority of readers are women, many publishers are more interested in reaching male readers,” writes Susan Harris for Words Without Borders. “Because publishers assume that women will read anyone, but men will read only other men, they tend to choose work by male writers—the message being, of course, that male experience is universal, while the female perspective is niche.”
The CIA and Doctor Zhivago
Declassified documents were released this week detailing how CIA operatives printed and circulated copies of the banned book to sew seeds of dissent in the USSR and the Eastern Bloc.
The Legend of Vera Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov wrote some of the most brilliant books of the 20th century, but his wife, Vera, made that possible by taking care of every other aspect of his life. The Atlantic looks at the importance of a a supportive spouse for writers—and why this may be hindering gender parity in literature.
The Wisdom of Adrian Mole
The sad news of the passing of British novelist and playwright Sue Townsend prompted The Telegraph to revisit her brilliant Adrian Mole series and select some of the best quotes. To wit: “I was racked with sexuality but it wore off when I helped my father put manure on our rose bed.” We’ve all been there.
Top Ten International Novels
The 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominees were announced this week. Five novels in translation made the cut, making the award truly international. Nominees include: Absolution by Patrick Flanery, The Garden of Evening Mist by Tan Twan Eng, and A Death in the Family: My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Read this Magazine: The Cleaver Quarterly
Our pals at The Cleaver Quarterly, a Chinese food magazine, aim “to tell you everything you wanted to know but never knew to ask about Chinese food.” From longform journalism to gorgeous photos and illustrations, this new print gem is the bastard child of Lucky Peach and your favorite Chinese takeout. Check out their Kickstarter to get involved.
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