Books

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Even before the halfway mark in “Trump Sky Alpha,” it’s clear that “Trump” is just another paragon of the overworked, poorly-veiled pandering that seems to have soaked into the pages of some new wave literature.

Maria Popova

Popova examines the lives of the people — mostly queer women — usually excluded from science writing, and in doing so, crafts a narrative about the way people move through history and the way they perceive the scope of the universe. As Virginia Woolf would describe it, “Figuring” is, “no longer rooted, but gold flowing.”

Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker can wring purpose and power from anything, rendering creativity and resilience one and the same. And she knows she’s got it.

Emily Yang

In 1978, the acclaimed novelist Yuko Tsushima published “Territory Of Light” a chapter at a time in the Japanese monthly literary magazine Gunzo, each chapter representing one month in a year.

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From the food the characters eat to the clothes they wear and the places they live, readers are exposed to a part of the world and way of life they may not be familiar with.

Verity Sturm

I mentioned this briefly in person, but I’m very certain that much of the pause “Crudo” gives me is due to how personally attacked I felt while reading it.

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She was a deeply complicated person who carried with her a lot of talent and a lot of trauma, and her life bore the weight of both. And yet, despite every good attempt to sketch her many facets in full three dimension, Benedict’s novel ultimately flattens Lamarr.

A Tribe Called Quest

No matter how you feel, Abdurraqib makes you think about your relation to the Tribe, however idiosyncratic it is.

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Tim Johnston opens his book with a Hemingway quote: “He whispered this last so low that it was inaudible to anyone who did not love you.” It’s short. Poignant. Tinged with melancholy. The book is the same way. Slow and sure.

Yiyun Li

Time wasn’t made for us to touch, but Li knows better. She doesn’t dare toy with tomorrow; instead, she strangles a fever dream out of today.