What a prescient title: In his new novel - after "Beartown" and "A Man Called Ove" - Backman again captures the messy essence of being human, and what it's like to be pushed to the brink emotionally. "Anxious People" is ripe with dark humor, a layered tragicomedy about a would-be bank robber with six degrees of separation from a motley crew of hostages. It's clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry. … [Read more...] about New reads to look forward to this fall
True history of the confederate flag
"He was the first major party candidate they had ever supported who got elected," Pitcavage said. "They were quite jubilant when he won, but ... this would have an effect on the militia movement because it couldn't maintain its level of anger and hate against the federal government when the guy you love is at the head of the federal government." … [Read more...] about Militias say they protect rights, critics call it a sham.
Eleven other publishers agreed with him before a firm called Cape and Smith took it on, though only if Faulkner could first slice it by 40,000 words. But he couldn’t—the cutting was simply too painful. A friend named Ben Wasson took the job on instead and told Faulkner what the problem was: “You had about six books in here.” In it he had invented the world he called Yoknapatawpha County and written down everything he’d imagined in a way that no reader could entirely follow. Wasson’s version was more coherent, and appeared early in 1929 under a new title, Sartoris, the family name of its main characters. The original text of Flags in the Dust saw print only in 1973, a decade after Faulkner’s death, and that’s the book one buys today. For the novel makes perfect sense now—provided you’ve read a lot of other Faulkner first. … [Read more...] about You Need to Read Faulkner Right Now but You Might Need a Map