Mother’s Day has come and gone in the U.S., but maybe you’ve still got mothers on the brain. If that’s the case, The Rumpus has you covered with this extensive list of books to read “when you want to rethink motherhood.” The list ranges from Adrienne Rich’s classic nonfiction work, Of Woman Born, to Ada Limón’s more recent poetry collection, The Carrying—and it includes our own Lydia Kiesling’s novel, The Golden State.
At The Guardian, Jhumpa Lahiri recounts the path that led her to write her latest book in Italian, one of the most anticipated books of 2016. As she puts it, “A week after arriving [in Rome], I open my diary to describe our misadventures and I do something strange, unexpected. I write my diary in Italian. I do it almost automatically, spontaneously. I do it because when I take the pen in my hand I no longer hear English in my brain. During this period when everything confuses me, everything unsettles me, I change the language I write in.”
Libraries, if they hope to survive in the digital age, should do away with physical books and become sites of physical interaction instead, argues David A. Bell. For a starkly contrasting opinion, see Charles Petersen’s critique of the NYPL’s plans to do just what Bell recommends.
Though the world may never know whether reading the greats makes you a better person, according to a recent study, those who take an active interest in the arts are more likely to be altruistic.