Electric Literature: 9 Short Story Collections About Women’s Bodies

Electric Literature: 9 Short Story Collections About Women’s Bodies

Short stories can do things novels cannot because they’re short. They’re limber and can dart in and out of close-fitting places. They can be weird and daring in ways that novels cannot always sustain. Joy Williams writes in, “8 Essential Attributes of the Short Story (and one way it differs from a novel), “A novel […]

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Electric Literature: 9 Books that Center Deaf and Hard of Hearing Characters 

Electric Literature: 9 Books that Center Deaf and Hard of Hearing Characters 

Growing up with a pair of hearing aids, it never occurred to me that deafness was an experience. Mostly it was a problem that I was taught to hide. When I started meeting other deaf people my own age, and learning British Sign Language, I began to see deafness from a new perspective. Books, when […]

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Electric Literature: 9 Fun Murder Mysteries You Should be Reading

Electric Literature: 9 Fun Murder Mysteries You Should be Reading

Putting the words “fun” and “murder” next to each other in a conversation is a great way to give off the impression that you are gleefully maladjusted. But I’d wager if you tried it (the conversation starter, not the murder)—go ahead, show up at a party and say, “Isn’t murder fun?”—people would know just what […]

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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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Literary Hub: Lit Hub Daily: March 22, 2024

Literary Hub: Lit Hub Daily: March 22, 2024

“When the noise and ugliness got so loud, I focused in on a point of beauty.” Maniza Naqvi on saving Karachi’s oldest bookstore. | Lit Hub Bookstores María Alejandra Barrios Vélez recommends ghost stories by Juan Rulfo, Amparo Dávila, Isabel Allende, and more. | Lit Hub Reading Lists “Like rifling through a thrift store bin […]

Electric Literature: 7 Novels that Illuminate the Dark Side of Corporate Culture

Electric Literature: 7 Novels that Illuminate the Dark Side of Corporate Culture

“I am a lawyer,” I nodded humbly, breath bated for the reaction I wanted—no, needed—to receive.  I said this to most people I met, as opposed to “I work in a law firm.” An innocuous difference at first, but one which belied a deep reliance on my job for my self-worth. I didn’t merely work […]

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Literary Hub: Lit Hub Daily: March 21, 2024

Literary Hub: Lit Hub Daily: March 21, 2024

Should you start writing under the stars? Annabel Abbs-Streets on how night skies inspire creative thoughts. | Lit Hub Science James Goodhand recommends Kate Atkinson, Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Georgi Gospodinov, and more books about time travel. | Lit Hub Reading Lists “The routine was not all that remarkable for her, but from the outside looking in, […]

Electric Literature: 7 Books That Show Storytelling Has Consequences

Electric Literature: 7 Books That Show Storytelling Has Consequences

There’s an old Talmudic injunction: “Your friend has a friend, and your friend’s friend has a friend; be discreet.” Living through a primitive age, when gossip was limited by oral transmission, the rabbinical sages feared loose talk—unkind words about neighbors, confessions of forbidden desire. Had those sages laid down one night and dreamed up modern […]

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