Lit List: January 6, 2017

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

 

  • What to read in 2017: A workout plan for your brain. LSP 
  • The true story of the Florida librarians who used electronic trickery to try to keep neglected books on the shelves Electric Literature 
  • Rumi is a beloved poet and mystic, but few of his American readers know him as a scholar and poet of Islam. New Yorker 
  • "Nectar," by Rumena Bužarovska: a woman deflates her gynecologist husband's artistic prentension. Words Without Borders 
  • Geoff Dyer on John Berger, his life, and his influences, from Barthes and Sontag to Benjamin and Spinoza Bookforum 
  • Novelist Randa Jarrar: "My writing is drag, comedy, cinema, a weed flower, glittery bras...a sheesha packed with apple-flavored tobacco." The Los Angeles Review of Books 
  • The silencing of Charlotte Brontë's anger Public Books 
  • In 2017, we need art that looks to the future, not more retrospectives on the hidden gems of the past, says Jerry Saltz Vulture

 

 

 Artistic rendering of Rumi by Molavi

Artistic rendering of Rumi by Molavi