Best of the Web 10/10/16

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.


After Banned Books Week, The Atlantic explores the idea that banning books could be harmful to the very group it often aims to protect: young readers.

"How Banning Books Marginalizes Children"


Junot Diaz doesn't think the short story is just an "intermediate form" on the way to a novel. Literary Hub, with his introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2016.

"Junot Diaz: On My Way to the Novel, I Fell in Love With the Short Story"


Kaitlyn Greenidge, #Muse16 presenter, responds to the renewed conversation about cultural appropriation in literature in The New York Times. (For more on this conversation, check out our Writers of Color Discussion.)

"Who Gets to Write What?"


For a bit of literary levity in your long weekend—or just to procrastinate your writing project—find out if you can identify the source of these opening lines in a quiz from Buzzfeed. 

"Can You Guess Which Classic Books These Opening Lines are From?"


"Her tone says she is joking, but the underlying incredulity is there: checking out 20 books at once is a little extreme, especially if you have 30 out already. I shrug, accidentally jostling the books." How mental illness and reading coexist, via Book Riot.

"How My Mental Illness Affects My Reading Life, and Vice Versa"

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