Good evening readers. Here's a round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.
- How Can I Help?: A call center worker tries not to be judgmental of her colleague. (The New Yorker)
- A Book that Explores the Unjust Abstraction of Disappearance: A memoir by the exiled son of a disappeared Libyan dissident. (The Wire)
- A Nazi, a Fascist, a Communist, a Novelist, a Countrywoman, a Duchess — All Mitford Sisters: A biography of the six infamous British aristocrats. (The New York Times)
- A Forensic Poet For Our Time: In Blackacre, Monica Youn declines to bare her soul, but she defies poetic convention. (Hyperallergic)
- Why Roald Dahl Never Sugar-Coated His Stories For Kids: "What Dahl understood is that the most frightening thing for a child is to be lied to, and to know you’re being lied to."
- (Signature Reads)
- The Quiet Power of Maya Lin: Three books study the early success and understated approach of the architect famous for designing the Vietnam War Memorial. (New York Review of Books)
- Play by Play: A profile of a sports announcer for youth soccer matches. (The Paris Review)
- How Frankenstein became a monster – and what he means to us today: The inception and legacy of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. (The New Statesman)