“Russian aluminum workers are apparently worthy of special protection”: Lawrence O’Donnell has been reading Seth Hettena

In case you missed it, in yesterday’s New York Times, Seth Hettena brought down some serious truth. In an opinion piece for the Times, Hettena—the author of Trump / Russia: A Definitive History—writes of Russian oligarchRead more »

Anatomy of a (Translated) Page: Basma Abdel Aziz’s The Queue

August is Women in Translation Month — an opportunity to celebrate the hugely important work done by women writers and women translators to make international literature accessible in English. Today, we’reRead more »

Freshman Move-In Day: Why it still sucks for all

“Move-in Day” is the term used to describe an obscure national rite of passage that is loathed by all and sundry. Each year on this occasion, hundreds of thousands ofRead more »

Fall for the Book announces a new award for writing by immigrants

We are, as we always have been, a nation of immigration. According to Jie Zong, Jeanne Batalova, and Jeffrey Hallock of the Migration Policy Institute, almost 14% of all people living in America wereRead more »

Nike founder Phil Knight’s memoir Shoe Dog is coming to Netflix

In 2016 Phil Knight–the founder of Nike–published his memoir Shoe Dog. It jumped to #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list, and moved hundreds of thousands of copies. Now,Read more »

It’s Saturday O’Clock Somewhere

So, anyone notice it’s been kinda hot out? Clock these rising temperatures: impeachment articles against Rosenstein, the reunification of some—and very much not all—migrant families, the death at thirty-one of Femen founder Oksana Sachko, andRead more »

Murakami’s new book faces restrictions in Hong Kong

Haruki Murakami is one of Japan’s most celebrated authors, selling millions of prize-winning books across the world. His new novel Killing Commendatore went on sale in Japan and China lastRead more »

Audits: They’re not just for Al Capone anymore!, Or, How the Carnegie Library got its books back

Great news for people who hate scumbag book thieves: the culprits of the Pittsburgh Carnegie Library book heist have finally been caught. As a devoted MobyLives reader, you’ll remember thisRead more »

The New York Daily News slashes its newsroom in half, calling into question the future of local news

This Monday, the Tronc-owned New York Daily News—one of three dailies still operating in the city—laid off half of its newsroom, another major blow to local news in the twenty-firstRead more »

Help us debut on the New York Times Best Sellers list and impeach this dangerous president!

We’ve written about it before, and we’ll write about it again: we need to impeach this president. Yes. Veteran constitutional attorney and legal scholar Ron Fein put it pretty well inRead more »

Congressman Keith Ellison asks Amazon why they’re still selling Nazi merchandise

As we wrote last week, Amazon is, right now, profiting from the sale of racist and Nazi merchandise, via third parties using their Marketplace platform to move products that include books, clothing,Read more »

Well now, there was a week that started, continued a while, and ended

“Self-portrait with Skeleton” by Lovis Corinth, born 160 years ago today. Here we are again: Saturday. We always seem to run into each other here. That was one serious monster ofRead more »

Strange Stars: An Interplanetary Tour Diary (Part I)

When my book Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded was about to come out earlier this year, I had plenty of discussions with Melville House’sRead more »