Lit List: February 8, 2017

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

 Jane Jacobs. Credit: public domain via New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress

Jane Jacobs. Credit: public domain via New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress

  • Jane Jacobs's Vital Little Plans introduced humanism to how we think about cities The Nation
  • Fred Korematsu Speaks Out is a children's book about Japanese internment in the 1940s The Los Angeles Review of Books
  • Migration and bearing witness in Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Refugees NPR 
  • César Aira reimagines and unravels the literary traditions of his native Argentina in The Captive Bookforum
  • Fariha Róisín on what borders really mean and how they come to be Hazlitt 
  • By Saladin Ahmed, a short story about a djinn named Qumqam who doesn't meddle in human affairs...usually Slate
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on two books about Muslims and the 400-year history of Muslims in America The New York Times
  • The history the oceans tell, from Derrida to Glissant The New Inquiry