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on Mutants, selected essays by Toby Litt (Seagull Books)

“Literary Fiction is Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” writes Toby Litt, “without being spun round and round, and without the blindfold.” And that’s just for starters. In Litt’s world, you either advocate for the disruptive power of literature or are its misguided adversary. He adds, “Literature makes you realize that you are not an established fact.”

on Writers and the Writing Life, Book Burning, and the Fate of Ideas

Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art & Craft of the Writing Life, edited by Katrina Roberts (Lost Horse Press)
On the Burning of Books by Kenneth Baker (Unicorn Press)
The Fate of Ideas, essays by Robert Boyers (Columbia University Press)

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on This Number Does Not Exist, poems by Mangalesh Dabral (BOA Editions)

In October 2015, Hindi poet Mangalesh Dabral was awarded the Sahitya Akademi prize by India’s National Academy of Letters. He turned down the award and its cash prize in protest over the death of the scholar M.M. Kalburgi, a progressive voice among a caste group called the Lingayat. Dabral was objecting to a wave of intolerance and increasing violence against minorities and dissenters.

on Angel of Oblivion, an autofiction by Maja Haderlap, tr. by Tess Lewis (Archipelago Books)

Born in 1961 in Eisenkappel, Austria, Maja Haderlap worked for twenty years as a dramaturg, university lecturer, and cultural critic. In the 1980’s, her three books of poems drew attention for their unique lyricism and perspective on the experiences of Slovenian Austrians.

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