TODAY: In 1932, children’s author Katherine Paterson, whose novel Bridge to Terabithia ranks number 8 on the American Library Association list of most commonly challenged books in the United States for 1990–1999, is born.
The effect is more often grotesque than terrible: Read an 1897 review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. | Book Marks
“We outsiders must take full possession of our demographic specificity and our collective rage to define ourselves, and therefore our country.” Antoinette Nwandu on reading Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider after Charlottesville. | LARB
“What has the Big Data approach to literature added up to?” A look back at what critic Franco Moretti’s “distant reading” strategy of literary scholarship has and hasn’t accomplished. | The New York Times
“There are aspects of an inquisition I would really enjoy. The collaborative invention of the world we all wish were true would be one part.” Kathryn Nuernberger on witchcraft, interrogation, and the psyche. | The Paris Review