Happy Friday writers. Looking for something to whet your writerly appetite before heading into Thanksgiving 2014? Look no further. I can’t promise these lit links will guide you to cooking the best turkey ever or mixing a drink like a Pilgrim. But here are some recent (mostly) literary highlights from the past week, plus some general stuff that I find awesome. You’re welcome.
The National Book Award winners were just announced. Check out the winning titles along with the shortlist and longlists as well. But really, aren’t they all winners?
If you’ve read a new book in the past few months, chances are Brad Listi has interviewed the author. For his twice-weekly podcast, OtherPPL with Brad Listi, Mr. Listi interviews fiction and non-fic writers with a new book on the shelves. Recent interviews include Atticus Lish (Preparation for the Next Life–debut novel), Meghan Daum (The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion–Essays), Hannah Pittard (Reunion–novel), Elizabeth McCracken (Thunderstruck & Other Stories), and Frederick Barthelme (There Must Be Some Mistake–novel). Brad Listi also curates The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community.
At last month’s Boston Book Festival I caught Steve Almond (in conversation with Henriette Lazaridis), talking about his newish book Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto. Even if you don’t care about sportsball of any ilk, Almond’s personal, rational dissection of the NFL and the culture of American football as one steeped in greed and avarice, is a wonder. The dichotomy (and fascination) is that Almond is (or was) a fan of the game. For a deep dive into the book, check out Chris Barsanti’s Millions review To Hell with All that Guilty Love: On Steve Almond’s ‘Against Football’. I guess the next step after that would be to actually buy the book. … Continue Reading