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Bad things don’t vanish when you look away. Don't ignore Milo Yiannopoulos | Jeff Sparrow
October 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

We need protest - not only to oppose Yiannopoulos’ odious views but as an alternative to the Trumpish dystopia he exemplifiesYou’ve probably seen the footage: Milo Yiannopoulos crooning an off key version of “America the beautiful”, while, in the background, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer and sundry other preppy goons smirk and give the Hitler…

My friend Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘an artist without ego, with deeply held beliefs’
October 8, 2017 at 3:30 am

Last week, the British novelist was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. His first editor at Faber recalls the rise to greatnessOne minute, the old friend I know as “Ish” was sitting at his kitchen table, doing emails, having not yet showered or washed his hair. Half an hour later, the world’s media was snaking…

Unseen letters show Hemingway’s fight against celebrity and ‘bullshit publicity’
October 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm

‘My private life being an open sewer, I am sometimes a little touchy,’ wrote the authorHis prose matched his macho lifestyle, from wartime adventures to big-game hunting, boozing and bullfighting. But Ernest Hemingway was extremely sensitive about his private life, which he described as “an open sewer”, and repeatedly asked family and friends not to…

Novel rejected as 'too gay' receives flood of crowdfunding support
October 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain was turned down by mainstream publishers more than 30 times, but has won keen backing from readersA novel that was rejected more than 30 times by publishers for being “too gay” has been inundated with backing from names including David Walliams, Mark Gatiss and SJ Watson after its…

Leonard Cohen's last book, finished 'days before his death', due out next year
October 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

The Flame collects unpublished poetry, as well as notebook entries and song lyrics, and offers ‘an intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist’A book of Leonard Cohen’s final poems, completed in the months before his death and tackling “the flame and how our culture threatened its extinction”, according to his manager,…

Yuval Noah Harari's new book to cover global warming, God and nationalism
October 6, 2017 at 2:00 am

The historian’s next book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, will ask ‘what should we teach children today to prepare them for the world of tomorrow’ and promises a sweeping look at the futureFaced with a world stuck in “nostalgic fantasies about going back to the past”, where politicians are “no longer capable of producing…

Super Thursday: with 500 new books out today, what should you read?
October 5, 2017 at 5:49 am

New books from Mary Berry, Dan Brown and Dawn French are out, as part of the mass launch that marks the start of the Christmas season – and there’s another 250 on the way. Here are 10 titles in the running for No 1More than 500 glossy new hardbacks are set to arrive on the…

Rupi Kaur: the inevitable backlash against Instagram's favourite poet
October 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

Kaur’s verses on love, sex and race have made her the most revered – and reviled – of today’s ‘instapoets’. As a new collection The Sun and Her Flowers hits shelves, is the social media star a dark omen for poetry or a fresh voice in literature?Rupi Kaur has achieved a rare feat for a…

'Sexists need not apply': publisher refuses to look at manuscripts addressed to 'Dear sirs'
September 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

Women behind Irish independent Tramp Press say they will no longer consider submissions from authors who assume they are men, or list only male influences“Sexists need not apply” to the “dreaded women” who run Tramp Press, say the trail-blazing Irish independent publisher, which has announced it is closing its doors to “overtly sexist” submissions from…