Lit List: Friday September 23, 2016

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

  • How (Yes) Cardboard Is Revolutionizing The Latin American Book Industry: In the wake of an economic crisis, books made from cheap and sustainable materials are in vogue. (The Establishment)
  • Spain: Searching for Garcia Lorca: The grave of the anti-fascist poet is lost to time partly because of contemporary politicans' unwillingness to revive the country's brutal past. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Is Anne Carson the First Poet with More Fans than Readers? "Bad writing can do nothing to curtail Carson’s fame—because that fame no longer depends on good writing." (The Walrus)
  • Mirror from Damascus: Two Syrian-British writers have written a new book chronicling the art and artists of the Arab Spring in Syria. (Guernica)
  • ‘There Has To Be Less School’: An Interview with Nicholson Baker: A substitute teacher dissects how  schools drain the joy from learning. (Hazlitt)
  • How a Museum Reckons With Black Pain: the National Museum of African American History and Culture is dense, immersive, and emotionally devastating. (The Atlantic)
  • Alexandra Kleeman Writes Like an Alien on an Anthropological Mission to Earth: The author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine displays her cerebral oddball voice in a short story collection. (The New York Times)
  • The Best-Seller Code Tells Us What We Already Know: Algorithms that quantify why books are successful are just approximations of the judgments we make instinctively. (The New Yorker)
  • The Afro-Feminist Coloring Book Is Here: Makeda Lewis's line drawings blend ancient mythology, ordinary daily life, and queer iconography. (Lithub)
  • First Kurdish Novel Published in English? ‘It Is Unfortunate That We Still Talk About This’: For a language long banned by law, a turn in the Western spotlight. (Arab Lit)