Lit List: Tuesday August 23, 2016

 Kanye West (Source: Wikipedia)

Kanye West (Source: Wikipedia)

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

  • My Cancelled Detectives: An excerpt from the postscript to Patti Smith's M Train that appears in the paperback edition of the book, published this week by Vintage. (The New Yorker)
  • What Percival Everett’s ‘Erasure’ Can Tell Us about Authenticity: Everett posed a question that remains unanswered 15 years later (The Millions)
  • The French Fries Had a Plan: Is Kanye’s McDonald’s poem a parable of class struggle? (The Paris Review)
  • The Secret History of Holywell Street: Home to Victorian London’s Dirty Book Trade: Historian Matthew Green uncovers the sordid story of 19th-century London’s epicentre of erotica and smut. (The Public Domain Review)
  • Criticism’s Sting: The Author Curtis Sittenfeld on Book Reviews (The New York Times)