Best of the Web 7/4/16

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.


Americans were hardly the first group — or the last — to fight for their freedom. Enjoy this list of revolution-themed works from Electric Literature between fireworks shows and hot dog eating contests on this 240th Independence Day. 

"Revolutionary Novels." 


In the mood for a sweeping epic? A Scandanavian thriller? Something murderous? This flowchart from Strand Bookstore has all the bases covered for your summer reading needs. 

"How to Choose a Book to Read this Summer."


"My America opens its arms to the world rather than sells the world its arms. My America has a capacious hunger and the humility to wonder if it is right": Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on how immigrants are uniquely suited for the job of "creating and re-creating the U.S., over and over."

"The Immigrant's Fate Is Everyone's."


Greece has The Iliad. Italy, The Divine Comedy. Even Finland has one — The Kalevala. In the spirit of the holiday, Ed Simon embarks on the quest for America's own epic poem. 

"Songs of Ourselves: Searching for America's Epic Poem."

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