Daily miscellany

  1. From Los Angeles Review of Books: The Marikana Massacre, five years later.
  2. From JD DeHart: Three questions with author Piers Anthony.
  3. From Paste: The best new young adult books for August.
  4. A Chinese novelist is arrested in 4 murders from 2 decades ago. Liu Yongbiao, author of The Guilty Secret, had planned a novel about a writer who got away with a series of killings.
  5. From The New York Times: The pioneering programmer Ellen Ullman discusses her career and the dangers the internet poses to culture, privacy and civility in her new book Life in Code.
  6. From The New York TimesSue Grafton nears the end of her alphabet mysteries. Kinsey Millhone makes one of her last crime column appearances.
  7. From NPR: Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it’s easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America’s obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.
  8. From Los Angeles Review of Books: A review of Eka Kurniawan’s Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash.
  9. From NPR: The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we’ve got three romances that’ll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.
  10. From Los Angeles Review of Books: A review of Yuri Slezkine’s The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution. You can also read an excerpt from the book.
  11. From NPR: A review of How To Behave In A Crowd.

Author: Ken Booth

I can be found online at kenbooth.net.