Lit List: Tuesday November 8, 2016

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

  • Salvador Dalí's surrealist cookbook features illustrations and recipes of the opulent meals served at his dinner parties Food52
  • Is Colin Kaepernick's decision to protest being judged by the content of his character? N+1
  • How The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, a book of spirited Persian Islamic verse, laid the foundations of secularism The Nation
  • On Fannie Lou Hamer, a voting rights activist who was tired of being "threatened daily because we want to live as decent human beings" Lenny
  • Fiction by F.C. Brown Cloud: a scientist tries to prove that it's not inevitable that lobsters must die. The Offing
  • "Why bother with poetry?": Maybe it's one of "the necessary non-essentials that are themselves the mark of being human." The Times Literary Supplement
  • How Barry Jenkins' Moonlight illuminates black love instead of pathologizing it The Paris Review
  • Teju Cole talks politics...and life beyond politics Lithub