Literary Hub: Lit Hub Daily: April 19, 2024

Literary Hub: Lit Hub Daily: April 19, 2024

When is enough enough? Ryan Chapman on wants, needs, money, and time. | Lit Hub Memoir “Resets are necessary throughout a writing life.” Julia Alvarez on falling in love with writing again. | Lit Hub Craft What does Lord Byron have in common with Che Guevara “A revolutionary who loves poetry and a poet who […]

Los Angeles Review of Books: Caught in the Middle: On Edward Said’s “Songs of an Eastern Humanist”

IN OUT OF PLACE: A Memoir (1999), Edward Said recalls that after graduating from Princeton in June 1957, he was torn by “differing impulses”: he could pursue a fellowship from Harvard for graduate study or return to Cairo to work at his father’s stationery company. Eventually, Said deferred Harvard for a year and returned to […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: When Tolstoy Met Trollope: On Sophie Ratcliffe’s “Loss, a Love Story”

LOSS, A LOVE STORY: Imagined Histories and Brief Encounters (2024) is a combination of thematic memoir and literary essay that Sophie Ratcliffe sets rolling on the tracks of various train journeys across time, place, and reading. Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2019 as The Lost Properties of Love: An Exhibition of Myself, the […]

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Electric Literature: A Daughter Reclaims Her Mother’s Story From the Sensational Headlines About Her Murder

Electric Literature: A Daughter Reclaims Her Mother’s Story From the Sensational Headlines About Her Murder

When Kristine S. Ervin was eight years old, her mother, Kathy Sue Engle, was violently abducted from a shopping mall parking lot in Oklahoma and murdered. Though Ervin’s debut memoir, Rabbit Heart, does include an eventual resolution to the case in which Kyle Eckardt was convicted, the narrative is not categorizable as true crime, and […]

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Electric Literature: Emily Raboteau on Mothering in the Face of Climate Collapse

Electric Literature: Emily Raboteau on Mothering in the Face of Climate Collapse

Emily Raboteau’s essay collection Lessons for Survival: Mothering Against “The Apocalypse” opens in 2011, with the author on her way to a baby shower for her first child. While passing through Times Square, she spots a sign announcing that the world will end on her baby’s due date. She laughs it off, but as her […]

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Electric Literature: I Don’t Have To Choose Between Writing About Myself And Writing About The World

Electric Literature: I Don’t Have To Choose Between Writing About Myself And Writing About The World

I was balancing a plate of honeydew in the green room of a book festival when I walked by a white man bemoaning the state of the publishing industry. The man wore a suit, and he spoke to a white woman; both of them looked to be in their 40s. As the man speared a […]

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Literary Hub: Lit Hub Weekly: March 18 – March 22, 2024

Literary Hub: Lit Hub Weekly: March 18 – March 22, 2024

“The routine was not all that remarkable for her, but from the outside looking in, it felt momentous.” Mia Manzulli considers proximity, distance, and living next to Joyce Carol Oates. | Lit Hub Memoir “Octopuses had been known to demonstrate rudimentary intelligence, but Mather recognized this as something far more sophisticated.” David Toomey on how […]

Electric Literature: 9 Memoirs That Reveal the Mental Health Challenges of Athletes

Electric Literature: 9 Memoirs That Reveal the Mental Health Challenges of Athletes

After reporting on elite athletes for almost a decade, I have one main takeaway: They’re just like us. No, really. For all the physical strength and dominance they display, athletes on the collegiate, Olympic, and professional levels are still susceptible to the vulnerabilities that plague us all. They fret over their identities and legacies, the […]

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