Two reviewers, Christopher T. Fan at the New Inquiry and Diane Johnson at the New York Review of Books, discuss Chang-Rae Lee’s January novel, On Such a Full Sea, a few months after the rest of the crew. Johnson wonders why writers are attracted to dystopic fiction, “an unlovable genre with an inevitably hectoring tone.”
At The Cut, Kat Stoeffel defends the use of trigger warnings, writing from the point of view of someone who used to dislike them: “I publicly joked that sappy songs required trigger warnings, and I privately complained that they were as infantilizing as spoiler alerts.” But lately she’s changed her mind. “When it comes to what’s helpful for, say, survivors of sexual assault, shouldn’t we defer to survivors of sexual assault?”
Laura Miller explains why she “quit” Amazon, and where she finds her books instead: “I’ve bought e-books for my iPad from four different non-Amazon vendors (Apple, Google, Barnes and Noble and Kobo), easy as pie, and I buy used print books from AbeBooks and Powells.com. I subscribe to Oyster, a new Netflix-for-books service. I also belong to Paperbackswap.com, a site that, for a small fee, enables its members to trade in their used books for credits that can be redeemed for the used books of other members.” Bookforum recommends Emily Books, a subscription to which delivers a curated selection of excellent, off-beat novels, one novel per month.
Simon & Schuster has become the second of the big five publishers to offer titles on Oyster and Scribd, two services that allow users unlimited access to their e-books collection for a monthly fee.
Tonight in New York, two literary events worth your time: In Brooklyn, Eric Banks chats with George Prochnik about his Stefan Zweig biography; in Manhattan, Porochista Khakpour talks about her new novel, The Last Illusion.