Good evening readers. Here's your round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.
- "It’s very hard to review one’s past without cheating a little": an interview with Simone de Beauvoir, who was born of Janaury 9th, 1908 The Paris Review
- The Rastafari are more than Jamaica's tourist-friendly mascots: the anti-colonial, radical roots of the long-persecuted Rastafari movement The New York Review of Books
- For modern couple Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, love was essential; monogamy was contingent The New Yorker
- In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir deals brilliantly with ambiguity Slate
- How to write about Africa: "always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title." Granta
- On the eve of Obama's farewell speech, remembering George Washington's last address to the nation NPR