September 5, 2017

Aaaaaaand we’re back


Hello out there! As we promised just a month ago, MobyLives has taken a much-needed hiatus. And now, as that racing in your chest is telling you: you’ve made it. The wait’s over. We’re back.

Even though our regular writers have had August off, it’s been a busy month! For one thing, we celebrated a couple amazing books:

On August 8, we published Ladee Hubbard’s The Talented Ribkins, the amazing debut  of which none other than Toni Morrison says, ““For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard’s original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself.” So, yeah, we were excited. (At MobyLives, we also published W.E.B. Du Bois’s seminal essay The Talented Tenth, part of Ladee’s inspiration for the book.


On August 15, we published Kate Hamer’s The Doll Funeral, the follow-up to her wildly successful The Girl in the Red Coat. The Guardian writes that it “evoke[s] both Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan… This is an elegiac and uplifting novel about the indissoluble bonds between mothers and daughters and a reminder of how the imagination can set you free.”


Today, we’re delighted to be publishing A.S. Patrić’s Black Rock White City. A debut novel that has already won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in Australia, it’s described by Pulitzer-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks as “haunting and haunted, but above all, humane.”


As August was drawing to a close, after seeing the hatred loosed on the streets of Charlottesville, and hearing Cornel West say he and the clergymembers he marched with “would have been crushed like cockroaches if it were not for the anarchists and the antifascists who approached,” we made the decision to accelerate publication of Mark Bray’s Antifa: The Anti-fascist Handbook as fast as we could. The book has continued to generate controversy. The New Yorker called it “focused and persuasive.” The Washington Post said it was “impeccably timed,” adding, “Insurgent activist movements need spokesmen, intellectuals and apologists, and for the moment Mark Bray is filling in as all three.”


We also published some new writing by Melville House authors:

From Curtis White, author of The Science Delusion and We, Robots, we published The PEPpy Peeps of Bi-Coastal Privilege Plot Their Own Undoing! “Forget Ulysses between Scylla and Charybdis. We’re Leopold Bloom between Molly and Blazes Boylan — fucked!”



From Susan Bordo, author of The Destruction of Hillary Clinton, we published What Keeps Happening: On the media’s preemptively panning Hillary Clinton’s book. “After a second interview with journalist Christiane Amanpour in which Clinton owned ‘absolute personal responsibility’ but also cited Nate Silver’s research on the impact of James Comey’s October 28 revival of the ‘email scandal,’ Gersh Kuntzman, in the Daily News, told Clinton to “shut the f— up and go away already.” Joe Scarborough, on ‘Morning Joe,’ described Clinton’s account of her loss as ‘pathetic.’”

From Lynda Schuster, author of Dirty Wars and Polished Silver, we published Open Veins of Journalism: How I Came to Terms with Writing in the First-Person Singular. “That journalists can, virtually on command, spew out reams of copy is a veritable article of faith. As a book editor once told me: The great thing about you reporters is that you write fast. Not well, but fast.


From Chris Lehmann, author of The Money Cult, we published Joel Osteen at the Drowning Point. “Given the range of theological explanations for the catastrophe forced on Osteen by the logic of his own preaching, is it any wonder that the megapastor has retreated into a Sphinx-like silence — and a Charles Foster Kane-style retirement from a horrible calamity afflicting the earnest believers in his adopted hometown?”


That wasn’t all — there was Susan, who absofuckinglutely could not stop cursing; Nikki, who came with some in-depth reporting on Fixed Book Pricing in the UK; and our amazing interns Delia, Peter, and Sarah, who updated us on the welfare of Chinese poet Liu Xia, told us marvelous tales of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan being recorded by Allen Ginsberg, and shared Restless Press’s restless fundraising drive.

Now that September has come at last, we’ll be back to our regular schedule tomorrow — we’ve got, as usual, lots of exciting plans, with pieces forthcoming about the state of free speech, Amazon’s recent foray into the elite brick-and-mortar grocery arena, the devastating loss American literature has suffered with the passing this weekend of revered poet John Ashbery, and much more.

We’re excited to be back in the saddle, returning to our full schedule of book news, opinions, weird jokes, crazy videos, and Saturday morning cartoons as of tomorrow. Stick around, everyone. It’s going to be great.