Lit List: Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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

  • Marlene Dietrich, avid reader and annotator The New Yorker

  • Jason Stanley's 2015 How Propaganda Works is a timely warning about "mangled facts; false claims; and reductive, Manichaean storytelling." The New York Times

  • Rebecca Solnit looks onward to January 20th and back to America's unfinished civil wars Harper's

  • Pondering "the fragility of civil liberties" at the sites of Japanese-American internment camps Buzzfeed

  • Sneakers have always been political shoes The Atlantic

  • Sarah Nicole Prickett on growing up evangelical in London, Ontario, and losing her faith in Midland, Michigan The Towner

  • Richard Adams, interviewed: the author of the children's classic Watership Down passed away on December 27th, 2016 The Guardian

  • Novelist Ahmed Naji on being part of the "contradictory, vagabond, incongruous mosaic...of the greater Middle East" Arab Lit

  • "Last time we met we named all our favorite authors": poetry by Hsia Yu Asymptote

Rebecca Solnit. Credit:  Charles Kremenak

Rebecca Solnit. Credit: Charles Kremenak