Here we are again. Another week, another roundup. Most of the articles I loved this week come straight from LitHub: the greatest lit website you or I will ever encounter. My keen interest in the work of Jia Tolentino led me to a review she wrote of the song “Rude” by Magic! It was published a few years ago, but never have I witnessed such sweet vivisection. Otherwise it’s a mixed bag of true crime, elegy, and writing about writing/writers.
Here are the things I loved this week:
- “The Perils of Pearl and Olga” by Clair McKelway appeared in the New Yorker this week. The sinister and twisted story will satisfy any true crime aficionado.
- Jessica Vestuto ponders the connection between past and present tenants of shared living spaces in “Living at Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’ ‘Poetical’ Boston Address.”
- The great Jia Tolentino discusses Ling Ma and Edith Wharton in an interview with Book Marks.
- Also from Jia Tolentino: the greatest take-down of a song I’ve ever read.
- Another from LitHub: “Gabriel García Márquez Remembers His Dearest Friend, Julio Cortázar.” A beautiful elegy.
- Ten tips for writing from Rebecca Solnit.
- Tommy Tomlinson’s deeply moving piece about weight in “Weight Loss is a Rock Fight” for The Atlantic had me in tears.
- Open Book explores the complex legacy of John Steinbeck for BBC Radio 4.