Matthew Clark Davison discusses his debut novel, DOUBTING THOMAS.
Tags: A Little Life, ACTUP, AIDS, Amble Press, Anita Bryant, Ann Patchett, Anthem: Homunculus, Autobiography of a Face, Bettyville, Between the World and Me, brothers, Cecil Williams, Celeste Chan, chris offutt, debut novel, Doubting Thomas, fleetwood mac, garth greenwell, gay, George Hodgman, Giovianni's Room, Glide Church, hanya yanagihara, homophobia, homosexuality, internalized homophobia, James Baldwin, Janice Mirikitani, John Cameron Mitchell, June Jordan, justin torres, Landslide, Lawnboy, LGBTQ, Lucy Grealy, lydia peelle, mary gaitskill, Matthew Clark Davison, Michael Cunningham, Michael Nava, My Father the Pornographer, Paul Lisicky, pedophile, pedophilia, Portland, queer, queer bodies, Queer Nation, queerness, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Satanic Scare, SFSU, siblings, Sula, Ta-Nehisi Coates, teachers, teaching, The Lab, Toni Morrison, Truth & Beauty, we the animals, What Belongs to You
Elizabeth B. Splaine shares a reading list to celebrate DEVIL’S GRACE.
Tags: A.G. Riddle, Although the Day Is Not Mine to Give I’ll Show You the Morning Sun, Ben Tanzer, Between the World and Me, Born Into Madness, Catherine Kerrison, Christine Eberle, crime and punishment, David Melton, Devil's Grace, Edith Hahn Beer, Elizabeth B. Splaine, Finding God in Ordinary Time, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Hanif Abdurraqib, Jefferson's Daughters, Karen R. Kaiser, Kristin Hannah, Michelle Kuo, My Father's House, Reading with Patrick, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Nazi Officer's Wife, The Nightingale, The Untold Story of Eva Braun, There There, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Thomas Lundmark, Tommy Orange, What to Read When
Judith Krummeck shares a reading list to celebrate her new book, OLD NEW WORLDS.
Tags: A.S. Byatt, Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere, Americanah, Andre Aciman, Angle of Repose, Barbara Kingsolver, Between the World and Me, Born a Crime, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Edmund de Waal, Every Day Is for the Thief, Everything Is Illuminated, Exit West, H is for Hawk, helen macdonald, Homegoing, Jonathan Safran Foer, Judith Krummeck, Michael Chabon, Mohsin Hamid, Moonglow, Ordinary Light, possession, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Teju Cole, The Hare with Amber Eyes, Tracy K Smith, Trevor Noah, Unsheltered, Wallace Stegner, What to Read When, Yaa Gyasi
A list of Melissa Stephenson’s down-and-out favorites for when you have a case of the grays.
Tags: Abandon Me, All About Love, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, bell hooks, Between the World and Me, Cheryl Strayed, Dept. of Speculation, Driven, Driven: A White-Knuckled Ride to Heartbreak and Back, Erin Belieu, gilead, home, Housekeeping, Jenny Offill, Jim Harrison, Letters to Yesenin, lila, Lydia Millet, Marilynne Robinson, Melissa Febos, Melissa Stephenson, Nick Flynn, slant six, Sweet Lamb of Heaven, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tiny Beautiful Things, What to Read When
Amanda Stern shares a list of books to celebrate her memoir,
Little Panic. ...more
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Mandy Len Catron discusses
How to Fall in Love with Anyone: A Memoir in Essays, what makes for a thoughtful love story, and the politics of love. ...more
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Whether you are celebrating your father or cursing his name this Father’s Day, here’s a list of very good books about fathers from writers we love.
Tags: alison bechdel, Between the World and Me, Cormac McCarthy, Dads, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, fathers, fathers day, Fun Home, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, H is for Hawk, Hamlet, Harper Lee, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Helen DeWitt, helen macdonald, J. K. Rowling, Jonathan Safran Foer, Max Porter, Patricia Lockwood, Priestdaddy, Real Man Adventures, Shakespear, t cooper, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle, The Last Samuri, the road, To Kill a Mockingbird, What to Read When
Mychal Denzel Smith discusses his debut nonfiction book
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, how the activist space has changed in recent years, and who he is writing for. ...more
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Jeff Chang discusses his latest book,
We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation, his work in hip-hip journalism, and the beauty and humanity of political protest. ...more
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What is lost still has substance, is malleable, can take on new impressions, and be molded again to our experience, often resulting in the most lasting force that determines how we see the world. ...more
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They’re there but not there. They’re included but their stories don’t fully weave into the story. ...more
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Memoir, the offspring of the slave narrative, is not simply a form within the Black literary tradition; it has thoroughly shaped that tradition. With the release of smash hit Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, as well as acclaimed releases Negroland, Twin of Blackness, and Remnants, the black memoir is in a veritable […]
Tags: Between the World and Me, black writers, Clifford Thompson, Imani Perry, James Baldwin, Margo Jefferson, memoir, Negroland, Public Books, Rachel Elizabeth Harding, Racism, Remnants, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Twin of Blackness
You know how you can like a book just fine, but if you love a book, you’ll tell a friend about it? I told my friend Craig about all of these books. Craig has a facile brain and big heart and a sometimes crusty manner—which makes me like him extra. One night the end of December […]
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The New York Times’s Alexandra Alter interviews “America’s foremost public intellectual” and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates on his newfound success and public hail—which he both appreciates and is ambivalent about, it seems: The best part of writing is really to educate yourself. I don’t want to be anybody’s expert. I came in to […]
Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “The Case for Reparations,” Between the World and Me, and, most recently, “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” will continue highlighting the societal problems faced by young African-American men in his new work this spring—through the perspective of Marvel superhero Black Panther. Coates may bear the distinction of […]
Over at the Guardian, Ta-Nehisi Coates talks to Tim Adams about the success of Between the World and Me, racism, and drawing inspiration from James Baldwin: It’s more Baldwin understood that if you are going to say something important about the world it is best if you try to say it beautifully. I don’t mean like picking flowers […]
At the Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates unflinchingly analyzes and condemns the history of mass incarceration in America and its disproportionately devastating effect on black families: The blacks incarcerated in this country are not like the majority of Americans. They do not merely hail from poor communities—they hail from communities that have been imperiled across both the […]
Tom Andes reviews
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates today in Rumpus Books. ...more
For people who believe themselves white it pays dividends to live in the dream. ...more
Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book Between the World and Me is a letter addressed to his son that America needs to read. New York profiles the author, whose fearless writing about race continues to hold readers accountable to history: Coates’s writing takes an almost opposite position: that religion is blindness, and that if you strip away […]