Good evening readers. Here's your daily round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and writing.
- Hospitality and The Hairworm: What it means when the language of parasites is used to talk about human beings. (The New Inquiry)
- Her Mother/Herself: A memoir paints an empathetic portrait of a circle of elderly women who pass their days palying cards. (LA Review of Books)
- Jean Rhys Speaks: The distinctive, Dominican-accented voice of the author of Wide Sargasso Sea. (The Paris Review)
- Playing Dead: A new novel by Yuri Herrera explores contemporary Mexico through fantasy and gallows humor. (Bookforum)
- When a Character Returns: Recurring presences in Edward P. Jones' short stories. (Catapult)
- Tracy K. Smith on God, poetry, and parenting in New York City: "There are so many rooms within a self. So many versions of our real selves." (Lithub)
- Screaming Notes the Human Soul Seldom Makes Audible: On Raul Brandão’s ‘The Poor’: Portugal's first Modernist novelist finally makes it to America. (The Millions)