As you’ve probably heard, the third issue of the wonderful Shiny New Books came out earlier this week. I was lucky enough to get to write a post about one of my favorite-ever authors, Mary Renault, for this issue. You can read the post over in their neck of the woods, and feel free to complain to me in the comments about my obvious preference for Hephaestion over Bagoas. I know that’s a point of contention FOR SOME.
While you’re over there, check out the whole issue! The editors and contributors have reminded me again how much I want to read Station Eleven; they’ve sold me on House of Ashes, the story of a fictional coup in a fictional Caribbean country; and they’ve at least come very close to making me reconsider my stance on missing white girls to read Upstairs at the Party. I absolutely loved Victoria’s review of Janet Malcolm’s most recent essay collection, and I’m dyyyyyying to get my hands on a copy of Peter Mendelsund’s book on graphic design, Cover. And whether you know Frances Hodgson Burnett only from her children’s books or you’ve read some of her crazier adult stuff, you’ll get a kick out of Harriet’s post about her life. Enjoy!