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Myth-Busting Books: 13 Antidotes to 'Alternative Facts'

Myth-Busting Books: 13 Antidotes to 'Alternative Facts' | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Telling the truth in a time of alternative facts is an act of resistance. Be a rebel and arm yourself with one of these alt-fact-busting tomes.
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Samuel Johnson's Essays: A great website dedicated to them, following the exact chronology of their original publication

Samuel Johnson's Essays: A great website dedicated to them, following the exact chronology of their original publication | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
This site posts Samuel Johnson’s essays in the same way his original readers found him – in a semi-frequent way, posted 260 years after Johnson wrote them.
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Award-Winning Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Takes on the Trump Presidency

Award-Winning Author Ta-Nehisi Coates Takes on the Trump Presidency | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his upcoming book on the Obama administration, Coates constructs an incisive look at Donald Trump's political ascent.
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American Xenophobia: Each Generation Must Write the Wrongs of History

American Xenophobia: Each Generation Must Write the Wrongs of History | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Shortly before the birth of Christ, the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus took a moment to reflect on a practice that was still not very widespread in the
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New Crime Fiction: Bad Neighbors, Bad Husbands and Very Bad Behavior

New Crime Fiction: Bad Neighbors, Bad Husbands and Very Bad Behavior | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Two new crime novels travel back to the not-so-placid 1950s, while a third visits 19th-century Appalachia. Another tries to escape in a hot-air balloon.
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Classic Appreciation: 75 Covers of Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ From Around the World

Classic Appreciation: 75 Covers of Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ From Around the World | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
This weekend marked the 30th anniversary of the publication of Toni Morrison's masterpiece Beloved, a novel about a woman who kills her own child rather than
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Literary Awards: Man Booker Shortlist Is Half American

Literary Awards: Man Booker Shortlist Is Half American | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Novels by Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund, Mohsin Hamid, Fiona Mozley, George Saunders and Ali Smith made the list. The prize will be announced Oct. 17.
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Appreciation: On John Ashbery - Kimberly Quiogue Andrews reflects on the late poet and why he endures

Appreciation: On John Ashbery - Kimberly Quiogue Andrews reflects on the late poet and why he endures | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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Biography & Science: 'Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker' by AN Wilson – Written with Dickensian gusto

Biography & Science: 'Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker' by AN Wilson – Written with Dickensian gusto | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
AN Wilson writes with ‘Dickensian energy’ but seems determined to cast his subject in a bad light
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Biographies of Samuel Johnson by Peter Martin and Jeffrey Meyers

Biographies of Samuel Johnson by Peter Martin and Jeffrey Meyers | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Two new biographies celebrate Samuel Johnson’s tercentenary.
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FYI, I'd recommend not to bother with Martin's - it's shockingly tedious and poorly written. Meyers' biog is engaging and thoughtful, as are all his biogs of literary subjects.

The greatest biographies and studies of this great man remain those by:

James Boswell (to this day, probably the most famous, renowned biography of any person, living or dead). I confess I found it really only became alive from 1763 onwards, when Boswell first met him and then began scrupulously to take detailed notes of - he claimed - verbatim conversations with Johnson - so many of the best anecdotes about Johnson and situations are those where Boswell was in attendance.

W. Jackson Bate

James Clifford

John Wain

Christopher Hibbert

John Hawkins 
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Who was Samuel Johnson? The father of the modern dictionary's funniest entries

Who was Samuel Johnson? The father of the modern dictionary's funniest entries | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Samuel Johnson, who wrote the English language's most comprehensive dictionary in the 1750s, has been honoured by a Google Doodle on what would have been his 308th birthday.
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Essay-Review: On William Carlos Williams, one of America's great poets - by Adam Kirsch, poet and critic

Essay-Review: On William Carlos Williams, one of America's great poets - by Adam Kirsch, poet and critic | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
If you look at the lingua franca of American poetry today—a colloquial free verse focused on visual description and meaningful anecdote—it seems clear that William Carlos Williams is the twentieth-century poet who has done most to influence our very conception of what poetry should do, and how much it does not need to do. Why is it, then, that almost fifty years after his death, the reputation of Williams still seems to be haunted by a ghost of uncertainty?
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The essayist is Adam Kirsch, a poet and critic. His most recent book is The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century. (June 2017) 

Briefly about William Carlos Williams, from the PoetryFoundation.org:

has always been known as an experimenter, an innovator, a revolutionary figure in American poetry. Yet in comparison to artists of his own time who sought a new environment for creativity as expatriates in Europe, Williams lived a remarkably conventional life. A doctor for more than forty years serving the New Jersey town of Rutherford, he relied on his patients, the America around him, and his own ebullient imagination to create a distinctively American verse. Often domestic in focus and "remarkable for its empathy, sympathy, its muscular and emotional identification with its subjects," Williams's poetry is also characteristically honest: "There is no optimistic blindness in Williams," wrote Randall Jarrell, "though there is a fresh gaiety, a stubborn or invincible joyousness."
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Essay: Award-winning novelist Junot Díaz on Trump, immigration, and community

Essay: Award-winning novelist Junot Díaz on Trump, immigration, and community | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
“From the bottom will the genius come that makes our ability to live with each other possible. I believe that with all my heart.”
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Interview (Podcast): Joe R. Lansdale, Master of Crime Fiction & Comic Horror (Hap and Leonard, and Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers)

Interview (Podcast): Joe R. Lansdale, Master of Crime Fiction & Comic Horror (Hap and Leonard, and Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers) | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In this podcast Joe R. Lansdale talks about Hap and Leonard, Growing Up in East Texas, Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers, and much more. About Joe R. Lansdale Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lans…
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Imagining the Future of Nigeria: Accessing Africa Through Science Fiction

Imagining the Future of Nigeria: Accessing Africa Through Science Fiction | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
In 2016, an old scam began circulating on Facebook about a man who needed to collect money to rescue his cousin, a Nigerian astronaut, from space. One Dr.
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US Power & Geopolitics: ‘Notes on a Foreign Country,’ in which Suzy Hansen investigates the power structures of American imperialism

US Power & Geopolitics: ‘Notes on a Foreign Country,’ in which Suzy Hansen investigates the power structures of American imperialism | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
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Biography: A History of Mike Bloomberg’s Successes and Failures

Biography: A History of Mike Bloomberg’s Successes and Failures | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Chris McNickle’s biography of Mike Bloomberg shows how New York’s mayor for 12 years used data and analysis to successfully transform the city.
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Philosophy: Emerita Quito, 88, the Philippines' greatest female philosopher, has died

Philosophy: Emerita Quito, 88, the Philippines' greatest female philosopher, has died | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
At 12:40 am today (Sept. 17), Emerita Quito, one the Philippines's greatest philosophers, finally got her wish. The 88-year old former De La Salle University dean and author of more than 20 books died of respiratory failure in Manila. She was a trailblazing scholar, a prolific writer, and a sought-after lecturer. She was als
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Poetry: On Whiteness Visible - Three Poets Explore the Grammar of Racism 

Poetry: On Whiteness Visible - Three Poets Explore the Grammar of Racism  | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
What is the impact of racism on those who perpetuate it? Three white poets explore and confront the implicit ways racism is bound up in the daily transactions, judgments, and assumptions of their everyday lives.
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Inspired: A Japanese Writer’s Reveries Inspire ‘Four Nights of Dream’

Inspired: A Japanese Writer’s Reveries Inspire ‘Four Nights of Dream’ | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
The opera has much to admire, but its music and plot weighs down the feather-light beauty of Natsume Soseki’s stories
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Samuel Johnson, In Our Time - BBC Radio 4: Authors discuss the magisterial writer

Samuel Johnson, In Our Time - BBC Radio 4: Authors discuss the magisterial writer | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Available to play online and to download for free
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Entertaining and recommended.
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The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page: The most comprehensive collection of Samuel Johnson quotes on the web

The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page: The most comprehensive collection of Samuel Johnson quotes on the web | Writers & Books | Scoop.it

Over 1,800 quotes from the great English lexicographer and essayist Samuel Johnson, indexed by topic.

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Samuel Johnson’s 308th Birthday - Celebrated with a new Google doodle

Samuel Johnson’s 308th Birthday - Celebrated with a new Google doodle | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
Samuel Johnson's 308th Birthday #GoogleDoodle
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Great, new books on Jane Austen

Great, new books on Jane Austen | Writers & Books | Scoop.it
On July 18, the Bank of England marked the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death by officially unveiling a new £10 note in her honor. It would be nice to imagine that someone at the bank had been reading Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century and thought this an appropriate way of acknowledging the woman who figures in it as one of our most clear-sighted guides to the origins of current economic arrangements. But Austen’s shrewdness about money seems to have been far less on anyone’s mind than a desire to rectify the absence of women other than the queen on British currency.
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