What to Read This Week

The Gimme: What to Read This Week, June 9

Gimme Read

ICYMI, News:

Prisoner Swap Bowe Bergdahl Release: updates at CNN, and John Knefel alleges reporting myths about the case in Rolling Stone

Steve Greenhouse reports on the proliferation of “non-compete” employment contract clauses for the New York Times

Mary Bates, Zoologic blog at Wired:  Researchers determine that Rats can Feel Regret (go ahead, quip away).


A Theory of Jerks (“Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude”) by Eric Schwitzgebel, for the redoubtable Aeon magazine


Read Matthew Spellberg’s gorgeous interview with Robert Bringhurst, “Myth Is a Theorem About the Nature of Reality” about Haida (Native American) poetry in Guernica Magazine

From the Archives:

“Mon General McChrystal” Michael Vlahos on National Identity and War, in the Huffington Post

For Fun:

The Writing Workshop Glossary by Amy Klein, New York Times. Madcap translation of euphemistic terms such as “Find Your Own Voice”

Two Poems:

“Before the Storm, The Wind Trapped by Kokoshka” – Ekphrastic poetry by Hedy Habra, via MUSEUMVIEWS blog – (Homa Nasab’s Observations on Art and Culture), Blouin Art Info

Asphodel, That Greeny Flower by William Carlos Williams

Read Gimlet Reader Posts on:

George Saunders – Tenth of December

Overinvesting in the Battle of the Book Titans, Hachette v. Amazon (and a publishing row you should follow).

The Strange, Gothic Tale of Romantic Poet Mary Webb

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