Good evening readers. Here's your round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.
- 2016, worst year ever? Not so fast. The New Yorker
- Muntazer al-Zaidi threw a shoe at George W. Bush eight years ago. This is why. The Guardian
- On Caravaggio, the groundbreaking painter whose style ‘belonged not to him, but to nature’ The London Review of Books
- Portrait of the Alcoholic Three Weeks Sober: Poetry by Kaveh Akbar. The Nashville Review
- Valeria Luiselli profiles a female FARC guerilla dealing with the end of an era. Guernica
- Don't touch black people's hair: comedian Phoebe Robinson explores hair-specific micro-aggressions and much more in her first book. The Los Angeles Review of Books
- A Bell, Still Unrung: Poetry by Safiya Sinclair Academy of American Poets