FROM Joseph Stromberg
Kindle Highlights “Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.” That’s a quote from Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games book, by Suzanne Collins. It’s also the most-highlighted passage on Amazon’s Kindle. The Hunger Games, the Bible, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen top Amazon’s list of books with the most highlighted quotes. We discuss what this kind of data tells us about our reading culture and the future of books.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.