Lit List: Monday October 3, 2016

 Edna St Vincent Millay (Source: Wikipedia)

Edna St Vincent Millay (Source: Wikipedia)

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

  • The Hidden Benefits of Not Taking a Compliment: Autumn Whitefield Madrano's book Face Value proposes a different approach to thinking about the role of beauty in women's lives. The New Yorker
  • Texas prisons ban books by Langston Hughes and Bob Dole - but 'Mein Kampf' is OK: In an environment where books can make a huge difference, authorities impose arbirtrary bans. The Los Angeles Times
  • Are Muslims the New Blacks? “Native Believer” Rips Open the Post-9/11 World: A novel about a secular Muslim fired for his perceived faith questions who is "allowed" to become an American.  The Los Angeles Review of Books
  • Fiction: "An Inside Hurt Was Supposed To Stay Inside": A teenage crush turns serious. Buzzfeed Books
  • Bluebeard: Why the violation of Elena Ferrante's anonymity spoils the reader's experience, too. N+1
  • How Banned Books Disproportionately Marginalize Children: Schools do students a disservice when they ban books that deal with social problems and difference. The Atlantic
  • Doppel: In a world almost identical to our own, a woman sees herself in a homeless girl who crosses her path. Hazlitt
  • Poet Caleb Femi Named First Young People's Laureate for London: The 26-year-old aims to expose more young people to the joys of poetry. The Guardian
  • A Danger to Others: On Teddy Wayne's Loner: Delving into the psyche of cold and solitary young men. The Millions