For PBS, Rion Amilcar Scott, author of the story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You, explores how the familiarity of clichés can comfort those in the midst of grieving. “Look, as a writer, all my training has taught me to be allergic to cliches,” Scott says. “If I were to somehow write that my mother’s death caused me to cry my eyes out, in revision, I would perhaps replace that stock phrase with a description of words lost in the crack of a voice trying to stifle back tears. Death, in all its devastating finality, though, won’t wait for a revision. Death won’t wait for you to dig through your soul in search of a blazing truth that will put a grieving spirit in order.”
“[I]t’s important that people begin to understand that whiteness is not inevitable, and that white dominance is not inevitable.” Claudia Rankine talks to The Guardian about her plans for the Racial Imaginary Institute, a think-tank-cum-gallery that she’s founding with all that MacArthur Genius cash. See also: why Americans love poetry, but not poetry books.
London is the most popular literary city. Graphic designer Edgard Barbosa made an infographic that visualizes the number of English-language books written about 10 international cities from 1800 to 2000. The locales include Rome, New York City, London, Paris, Tokyo, Madrid, Beijing, Chicago, Cairo, and Mumbai.