April 22, 2014

Publishers Weekly looks ahead to the best books of the summer, including John Waters’s hitchhiking memoir; an updated Philip Marlowe novel from John Banville (writing as Benjamin Black); another Bolaño; and NYRB classics from Jean-Patrick Manchette and Alberto Moravia.

Elon Green talks to Adam Begley, whose biography of John Updike was just published, about writing the book’s vivid deathbed scene.

Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison

An interview with Leslie Jamison, author of the The Empathy Exams: “I think shame is a powerful signal—like a fever—of some internal struggle. I mean, shame comes attached to many things—often traumatic things, and I would never want to reduce those traumas to mere sites of interest—but there are kinds of shame that are like arrows pointing to something tangled and subterranean, a faltering defense of self or an ache that hasn’t yet figured out its origins.”

Felix Salmon considers Gideon Lewis-Kraus’s new Kindle short about a Silicon Valley startup.

Claudia Rankine has been awarded Poets & Writers’ Jackson poetry prize.