Lit List: Tuesday November 29, 2016

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

  • Vladimir Putin, Supervillain: the book All the Kremlin's Men attempts to deconstruct the myth of the Russian leader as a larger-than-life evil genius. Bookforum
  • Blaise Cendrars' Paris: why the modernist Swiss poet chose Paris as his adopted home. Lithub
  • Jane Austen's continued relevance: A geographic detail in the novelist's work is disputed as millions of British taxpayer pounds hang in the balance. Electric Literature
  • No Future: Maggie Nelson, Hanya Yanagihara, and why the future will be queer or will not be at all Los Angeles Review of Books
  • Hillbilly Elegy: the book some liberals have touted as a primer on the "White Working Class" relies on noxious racial myths. The New Inquiry
  • Ivanka and The Trump Card: The First Daughter has always lent her father an air of elegance and gentility, but her book reveals her as a chip off the old block The New Yorker
  • Writing to Save a Life: In his latest book, John Edgar Wideman writes about the fate of Emmett Till's father and the condition of all black fathers and sons in America. The Nation
  • 2016's Word of the Year: According to, it's "Xenophobia" Buzzfeed
  • Cosmopolitanism and Patriotism: Why we'll need both to save the world Asymptote