TODAY: In 1870, Alexandre Dumas, author of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, dies.
“The election of Donald Trump has flattened the poetry in America’s founding philosophy:” A call to action by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. | The New Yorker
Zadie Smith on Ahmed Naji and the “readerly premonition” that she would love his work. | NYRB
Not a political artist but a citizen: Notes from a conversation between Glenn Ligon and Claudia Rankine at Art Basel Miami Beach. | Hyperallergic
“Sex is a part of life. Art is supposed to mirror life.” Garth Greenwell, Jade Sharma and Rebecca Schiff offer advice about writing sex and recommendations of authors who do it well. | The Huffington Post
It is about human connection: Idra Novey, Hannah Sanghee Park, Gregory Pardlo, and Mark Richard on switching literary genres. | Los Angeles Review of Books
“Social and political criticism, especially of the current government, often gets writers jailed, but rarely when it appears between two covers.” On Turkey’s crackdown on writers, which hasn’t extended to novelists. | The New York Times