Lit List: January 20, 2017

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

 Zadie Smith. Source: David Shankbone

Zadie Smith. Source: David Shankbone

  • The National Endowment for the Arts may cease to exist; here's why that matters The Chicago Tribune
  • "My President Was Black": the end of an era The Atlantic
  • Zadie Smith on political nostalgia and navigating identity in different times and places NPR
  • On Weather: An excerpt from "In the Wake," by Christina Sharpe The New Inquiry
  • The "Great Refusal": does artists' dissent make a difference? The New Yorker
  • Filthy, unseemly, coarse knavery: the history and linguistics of profanity The New York Review of Books