Lit List: Tuesday October 18, 2016

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

  • Ottessa Moshfegh explains her process for writing "An Honest Woman," in which an aging man has questionable intentions towards his young neighbor The New Yorker
  • Kristopher Jansma's painfully realistic take on the New York coming of age novel emphasizes that "The city, as wonderful as it is, does not care" Hazlitt
  • How should a poet make money? The Point
  • A Chinese journalist feels a cultural inferiority complex when he travels to Germany Guernica
  • Nell Zink talks birdwatching, sexual apathy, and (unusually for a writer) the exact amount she was paid for her latest book New York Magazine
  • As we consume ever more information, it starts to consume us The New Republic
  • Francine Prose's "buoyant, dynamic" new novel goes behind the scenes of a terrible school play The New York Times
  • Jean Cocteau's new biography is over 1000 pages...none of which have a dull moment The Los Angeles Review of Books