“The financial promise of email newsletters has launched countless micropublications — and created a new literary genre.”
I admit that I receive a number of these newsletters every day, although I stick to the free versions. But many of them also offer a paid version that promises to be even bigger and better than the paltry version that I’m reading.
I’m a frequent advocate of slow reading. Here Robert DiYanniis, professor of humanities at New York University, explains “how to increase your enjoyment of literary works, how you might amplify literature’s value, and savour more fully the pleasures of language and form, of idea and insight that works of literature offer.”
In this excerpt from Stories Are What Save Us: A Survivor’s Guide to Writing about Trauma, David Chrisinger discusses the types of stories he has found to be most useful in helping people deal with trauma.
In “Cruel Optimism,” [literary scholar and cultural theorist Lauren] Berlant moved from theorizing about genres of fiction to theorizing about “genres for life.” We like to imagine that our life follows some kind of trajectory, like the plot of a novel, and that by recognizing its arc we might, in turn, become its author. But often what we feel instead is a sense of precariousness—a gut-level suspicion that hard work, thrift, and following the rules won’t give us control over the story, much less guarantee a happy ending.
In The Guardian, Stephen Moss profiles Matt Haig, “novelist, self-help guru, periodic endurer of depression and anxiety.” Haig’s most recent book, The Comfort Book, is “a collection of aphorisms and inspirational stories of survival against the odds” born of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Digital literature, or electronic literature, has been an emerging genre for decades now. But what exactly is it?” Rey Rowland works toward a definition.
If you like to keep your finger on the pulse of the publishing and literary world, check out this list of the year’s outstanding debut books.
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