Lit List: Thursday October 27, 2016

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

  • The great American taboo: How fear of black men's sexuality is linked to their constant dehumanization throughout history and in popular culture. The New York Times
  • 10 radical history books: One angry young woman's syllabus for questioning what she was taught in school The Guardian
  • "This Is Lara Pawson, Reporting for the BBC": an excerpt from the memoir of an African journalist bucking the pressure to give in to cliché. Africa Is A Country
  • Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra: a satirical blend of poetry and fiction takes its form from a standardized test. The New Inquiry
  • On The Sellout, a "scatological narrative submitted with demonic energy and angelic grace" Bookforum
  • Why all animals practice cannibalism: a book subtitled "A Perfectly Natural History" explains. Publishers Weekly
  • While the Nightjar Sleeps: A haunting story about a twelve-year-old Welsh boy and a powerful bird. Granta
  • A TV series based on JK Rowling's crime novels will air on HBO Vulture
  • Understanding the Beach Boys: fifty years after the band's heyday, what is its legacy? The New York Review of Books
  • Etgar Keret imagines what life would be like as a soldier fighting the wars of the Trump administration: Buzzfeed Reader
  • A brief history of spooky magic shows, from Houdini to the present day The Believer