Lit List: January 18, 2017

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

 Elif Batuman: Source: Baruch College

Elif Batuman: Source: Baruch College

  • The lifelong embarrassment of writing poetry Poetry Foundation
  • Why Shakespeare's Othello feels "truly, viscerally American" MTV 
  • Confronting the ignoble side of bipartisan hero Atticus Finch The Paris Review 
  • So you're getting published. This is definitely the least obnoxious possible way to announce it McSweeney's 
  • How and why an immigrant family lost its culture Catapult
  • Black American artists' search for a utopia Hazlitt
  • "Inaugural Poem for [REDACTED]," by jay dodd Lithub 
  • Wole Soyinka swore to tear up his green card, and he kept his word--here's why The Atlantic
  • Lemony Snicket, nĂ© Daniel Handler, talks TV adaptations and writing enigmas that are solvable, but not too solvable The Observer
  • Elif Batuman on Proust, Dostoevsky, and the "ridiculous age" that is adolescence The New Yorker