February 11, 2016

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is to become a Broadway production, with a script by Aaron Sorkin, of The West Wing, The Newsroom, and The Social Network fame. Given Sorkin’s characteristic line on both the imaginary media and imaginary American politics, Atticus Finch is likely to remain a wise, lovable father figure in this version.

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander

And out there in the landscape of what you might choose to call real American politics, there is reading to be done ahead of tonight’s Democratic debate, starting with Michelle Alexander’s essential piece on Hillary Clinton and race.

There’s also a guide—for the perplexed—to Bernie lit, and a primer from Sarah Leonard on what younger American progressives want and why.

Lisa Lucas, publisher of Guernica magazine, has been chosen as executive director of the National Book Foundation.

A tale of two bestselling fantasy novelists, and how one accused the other (Cassandra Clare, who has had similar troubles before), of plagiarism.

Thanks to the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, starting March 29, you can join in a discussion of George Eliot’s Middlemarch, led by Christine Smallwood.

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