Lit Hub Daily: January 26, 2023
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by Lit Hub Daily
22h ago
TODAY: In 1938, Zitkala-Sa dies at 61.   Helen Betya Rubinstein asks if copyediting is worse than meaningless and actually causes harm. | Lit Hub Lauren Fleshman on the problem at the heart of women’s sports culture: “The message to me at 14 was that compliance, coachability, and even beauty might be more important than health and safety.” | Lit Hub Sports How silent film icons Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks helped popularize fettuccini alfredo. | Lit Hub Food When Georges Lemaître, physicist, mathematician, and Catholic priest, presented a “crackpot” theory: the expansion o ..read more
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Against Copyediting: Is It Time to Abolish the Department of Corrections?
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by Helen Betya Rubinstein
22h ago
I copyedited for five years in the offices of an esteemed book publisher, and during that time I became an expert in the most trivial things. Minor details occupied my workdays, which I spent in a dusty, windowless room, in an office where tall file cabinets topped by unruly stacks of manuscripts still lined the halls. There, I sometimes chewed a raisin-walnut roll from the Union Square farmer’s market while I worked, or got up to refill the paper cup of water I sipped from all day just to give myself a break. The adverb hyphenated mid-syllable on page 15 needed tending, as did the orphan—tha ..read more
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How a Catholic Priest Discovered the Expansion of the Universe
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by Dan Levitt
22h ago
On a cold, uncharacteristically dry London day in September 1931, a short, stocky man with slicked-back hair, a piercing gaze, and a hell of a lot of nerve walked along Storey’s Gate Street. He entered Central Hall, Westminster, a large assembly place near Westminster Abbey. It’s hard to imagine that this man, a thirty-seven-year-old Belgian professor of physics, did not feel some trepidation. The soaring dome of the Great Hall imposed grandeur on the proceedings: a celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Many of the world’s most emi ..read more
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Life Advice for Book Lovers: Reading for the Reclusive
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by Dorothea
22h ago
Welcome to Life Advice for Book Lovers, Lit Hub’s advice column. You tell me what’s eating you in an email to deardorothea@lithub.com and I’ll tell you what you should read next. _______________ Dear Dorothea, I’ve recently moved into a new neighborhood, into an apartment by myself. My friends and family see it is as independent, but they’re not really around, and the truth is I’m lonely.  I don’t know when I became such a sad, anti-social person. Maybe it has something to do with the pandemic? (It definitely has something to do with the pandemic.) I used to like going out ..read more
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5 Book Reviews You Need to Read This Week
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by Book Marks
22h ago
This week’s quintet of quality reviews includes Danez Smith on Paul Harding’s This Other Eden, Scott Bradfield on Bob Blaisdell’s Chekhov Becomes Chekhov, David L. Ulin on Paul Auster’s Bloodbath Nation, Ron Charles on Aleksandar Hemon’s The World and All That It Holds, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on Selby Wynn Schwartz’s After Sappho. Brought to you by Book Marks, Lit Hub’s “Rotten Tomatoes for books.” * “All are rendered humble, human, particular and luminous in Harding’s long, poetic sentences … started to tense, weary of wading deeper into this story that I knew must end in violenc ..read more
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Chatbot vs. Writer: Vauhini Vara on the Perils and Possibilities of Artificial Intelligence
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by Fiction Non Fiction
22h ago
Novelist and journalist Vauhini Vara joins V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell to discuss how ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot developed by OpenAI, may—or may not—impact publishing, education, journalism, and the humanities in general. Vara explains differences between ChatGPT and another OpenAI tool, GPT-3, which she used as a way into writing about the death of her sister, a topic she had previously found unapproachable. She reads from the resulting essay, “Ghosts,” which was published by The Believer and anthologized in Best American Essays 2022. Check out video excerpts fr ..read more
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“It’s Almost Like the System Fails to Invite.” Angie Cruz on the Bureaucracy of Immigration
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by Book Dreams
22h ago
In this episode, we talk to author Angie Cruz, whose latest novel is the widely acclaimed How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water. This irresistible book inspired a conversation about a myriad of topics: how the unconscious mind influences the creative process, the lengths women will go to escape a dangerous situation, invisible labor as it pertains to women—especially immigrant women—friendship, partnership, motherhood, and more. Take a listen! From the episode: Angie Cruz: I think that the personal is political. For me growing up, moving through so many of these documents both as a child of i ..read more
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Aubrey Gordon on Debunking Myths About Fatness
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by The Maris Review
22h ago
This week on The Maris Review, Aubrey Gordon joins Maris Kreizman to discuss her new book, “You Just Need to Lose Weight”: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People, out now from Beacon Press. Subscribe and download the episode, wherever you get your podcasts. * On reading the science closely: MK: A big project of Maintenance Phase that also runs through all of your other work, including this book, is debunking studies that I might have once read and took to be fact. And overall being more critical of data. AG: First of all, that’s the thing that I feel like I have picked up from Michael Hobbes, s ..read more
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The Invention of Fettuccine Alfredo: A Love Story
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by Luca Cesari
22h ago
A history of Italian pasta can only start here, with the legendary fettuccine Alfredo. A very simple dish, with just three ingredients, that has been wildly successful: it turns up in over 800 American cookbooks published from 1933 to the present. So why will your Italian friends tell you they’ve never heard of the stuff? It’s not their fault. Alfredo is by no means a household name in our country, which is why those of us who have heard of it put it in the same category as spaghetti and meatballs—which we’ve only ever seen in Lady and the Tramp—or carbonara with bacon, garlic, mushrooms and ..read more
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The new Daisy Jones & the Six trailer reveals one of 24 (!) original songs.
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by Eliza Smith
2d ago
Prime Video dropped an official teaser trailer for the new Daisy Jones & the Six series today, featuring “Regret Me,” one of 24 original songs created for the show based on song lyrics written by the book’s author, Taylor Jenkins Reid. (Lesson in point: if you’re going to write song lyrics in your novel, make sure they’re good. Lookin’ at you, Tolkien!) The song feels appropriately reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, and the show’s 70s vibes are strong. Riley Keough as Daisy Jones is ageless, and adaptation-darling Sam Claflin as Billy Dunne looks like someone who’d definitely be in a ..read more
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