Lit List: January 25, 2017

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

 Mrudula Bhavani

Mrudula Bhavani

  • Peter Abrahams, an anti-imperialist South African novelist exiled in Jamaica, dies at 97 The New York Times 
  • Steven Kinzer's The True Flag explains "the birth of American empire" NPR 
  • James Baldwin and the "unbearable tension" between him and the Nation of Islam Catapult
  • Krys Lee, an "accidental activist" turned author, talks about her book How I Became a North Korean Guernica 
  • "Quarantine" by Alix Ohlin: a story of how friends grow apart The New Yorker
  • An unpublished fairytale by Mark Twain titled "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine"--his only surviving children's story--sees the light The Guardian 
  • "Come girl, let's kick up a row" by Mrudula Bhavani:  "Around us are Walls Rails Bridges Interrupted rivers Severed legs Unsold ice cream" Asymptote