Lit List: Thursday October 13, 2016

Good evening readers. Here's your daily round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.

  • Not all is as it seems in Margaret Atwood’s earthy adaptation of The Tempest: Atwood's retelling is the story of prisoners and a warden rehearsing and performing the Shakespearean play. The AV Club
  • No Apologies: A Look at The Mothers and the Choices Women Make: In Brit Bennett's novel, "women make their decisions and do not apologize for them. Even the more difficult ones." Electric Literature
  • Out of Their Love They Made It: A Visual History of Buraq: The journey of a winged horse from Qur'anic legend to history, art, poetry, and truck ornaments. Public Domain Review
  • Forever Words: The collected poetry of Johnny Cash finds "deathlessness" through pared-down, anonymous verse. Poetry Foundation
  • Election Diary Part Three: Novelist Rick Moody works through his feelings about our long national nightmare. The Believer
  • Skeletons In The Closet: What Ghost Stories Reveal About America's Past: Ghostland by Colin Dickey explores what haunts different American cities. NPR
  • Madaya Mom: Marvel's latest hero is Syrian mother trapped in besieged town: The comic--drawn by Dalibor Talajic of Deadpool--isn't "a war comic," but the story of a powerless civilian. The Independent
  • I Don't Like your Tone: In this short story by Muhammad El-Hajj, an altercation breaks out on the Cairo metro. Catapult
  • In Jonathan Lethem’s ‘A Gambler’s Anatomy,’ a Hustler’s Luck Turns Cold: The author of Brooklyn has penned a "tragicomedy" about a shady backgammon player. The New York Times