Lit List: Wednesday September 14, 2016

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

  • Amaranto by Laia Jufresa: An excerpt from the forthcoming novel Umami. (Electric Literature)
  • Too Much and Too Little: A History of David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King”: The "tornadic" creation of Wallace's third novel. (LA Review of Books)
  • The Story of Charles Darwin’s Artist: An illustrator helped identify bird specimens that played a crucial role in Darwin's research. (Hyperallergic)
  • The Great Secret Creator: The magic one editor wrought on the writings of Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. (Hazlitt)
  • Freezing White Men for Posterity: On Western male neuroses in a changing world. (The Millions)
  • Stumbling Upward: Mark Twain spins a yarn about a soldier, "the supremest ass in the universe," who blunders his way to fame and fortune. (Lapham's Quarterly)
  • Haunted Womanhood: "For headstrong women who know their own desires, growing up in conventional society sometimes feels like inhabiting a haunted house." (The Atlantic)
  • Underneath the Darkness: Yuri Herrera's novels dwell in border spaces and negotiate between Mexico's present and its pre-Columbian past. (The Boston Review)
  • Dying Gaul Is A World Masterpiece About Death: An ancient statue is a "sensuous antecedent" to Michelangelo and echoes Homer's writings about death (New York Magazine)