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