Lit List: January 4, 2017

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

  • Barack Obama's thousands of speeches paint a picture of America that America has not lived up to N+1 
  • Sci-fi in China goes as far back as Jules Verne, and now those works are coming to American readers. Asia Times 
  • In Mexican modernist art, a "fine and decadent abuse" of European aesthetics and a mockery of death Hyperallergic 
  • When adaptations get too clever for their own good: "What I want from a Sherlock Holmes adaptation is Holmes and Watson solving crimes together." Lithub
  • Roxane Gay talks with NPR's Audie Cornish about Difficult Women and difficult men NPR 
  • From acid to Adderall, how each generation gets the drugs it deserves Aeon 
  • An old woman extends a strange welcome in a poem by Jacob Shores-Argüello Poetry Foundation 
  • Samantha Schweblin's novel "Fever Dream" instills a sense of mysterious horror The New Yorker 
  • How Puccini has been appropriated by Donald Trump, as if to make what is old new again MTV

 

 Barack Obama. Credit: Pete Souza

Barack Obama. Credit: Pete Souza