February 29, 2016

Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

Donald Trump, who feels that he has been mistreated by the media, says that if he becomes president, he will weaken First Amendment protections so that it will be easier to sue journalists for libel.

Douglas Wolk has announced that he’s working on a book about having read 25,000 superhero comics, which will be edited by Ed Park and published by Penguin Press.

This week at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, author Alexander Chee will discuss Max Ophuls’s lavish 1953 movie The Earrings of Madame de… and sign copies of his new novel, The Queen of the Night, which, like Ophuls’s film, is set in Belle Epoque Paris. “The narrative structure of the story—the pair of earrings that move with their own magical life through to the end—has an excellent, fable-like simplicity, and became a model for the eventual structure of The Queen of the Night,” Chee writes.

At The Awl, Eva Jurczyk explains why she has decided, from here on out, to review only books by women. “Male writers don’t receive critical attention because they are good; they get coverage in the New York Review of Books because they are men,” she writes. “And women’s books should be talked about not because they are literary geniuses and men are witless scribes, but because they are creating art from the point of view of fifty percent of the citizens of our planet.”

The late poet Seamus Heaney’s final translation, Aeneid Book VI, will be published in March.

Novelist Darin Strauss is dismayed by the ways that some politicians are currently discussing the first Gulf War, which ended twenty-five years ago. Ted Cruz and John Kasich have held up the first Gulf War as an unmitigated victory, and perhaps a model for how the US should confront ISIS. Donald Trump and Michael Dukakis have also praised the way that President George Bush handled the war. “Yes, of course: a victory,” Strauss notes. “But of what kind?” He adds: “Our having waged that war is precisely what first inflamed the region’s zealots against us.”

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