Lit List: Tuesday November 1, 2016

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

  • Why do certain books pique your curiosity and not others? Like Goldilocks, we want just the right amount of novelty Nautilus
  • In Park Chan-Wook's The Handmaiden, two women find liberation in playing with the clich├ęs of erotica The New Yorker
  • Elissa Washuta: on Native American Heritage Month and being "too Native" or "not Native enough" Electric Literature
  • The Goncourt brothers' aspirations to literary immortality The Paris Review
  • Scenes from a gender-flipped universe: "If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women" McSweeney's
  • "Beyond the question of her government-issued ID, who is she?": Elena Ferrante's Frantumaglia The New York Times
  • What it's like to train dogs in a words where dogs are used as weapons Catapult
  • What "free indirect discourse" is and why it's so important in fiction The Millions
  • Girls in the fridge: A disturbing tendency in books with "girl" in the title The Guardian