Michiko Kakutani

Michiko Kakutani

former chief book critic, The New York Times; author of "The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump" (coming July 17, 2018)

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A plan to repatriate the remains of James Joyce and his wife Nora Barnacle and finally observe their last wishes, has been proposed by Dublin city councillors more than 70 years after the author’s death. via @GuardianBooks 

As the Middle East reels from President Trump’s erratic foreign policy, Russia is savoring a fresh chance to build its status as a resurgent world power and cast itself as a force for stability. via @nytimes 

“Agent Running in the Field” by John le Carré: the master of the spy genre takes aim at Brexit and Trump in a thriller about political ideals and deception.

European Bibliomania and Libraries in the 18th and 19th Centuries via @lithub 

Flannery O’Connor Documentary Wins New Award From Library of Congress: the filmmakers Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco awarded the first Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film

An @AP  investigation - drawing on hundreds of court documents, immigration records & interviews - shows that state court judges can use holes in the system to grant custody of migrant children to American families — without notifying their deported parents

Tim O’Brien: On the Scars of War and the Bonds of Vietnam via @lithub 


This is Orwellian: Trump admin gives CDC, the nation's top public health agency, a list of words/phrases it is prohibited from using. Words/phrases are: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based" & “science-based”

American Dream: Dad of gold medal winning snowboarder Chloe Kim came to LA from So.Korea in 1982 w $800. Got job as a dishwasher at fast-food franchise, saved money, got an engineering degree. Drove Chloe 5 hours on wkends 2 mountains so she could practice

AP story: officials scolded "a group of 5-year-olds for playing around in their cage, telling them to settle down. There are no toys or books." One boy was "quiet, clutching a piece of paper that was a photocopy of his mother's ID card" "IN THEIR CAGE"

During assault weapon ban, the number of gun massacres fell by 37 percent. After the ban lapsed in 2004, the numbers shot up again — an astonishing 183 percent increase in massacres and a 239 percent increase in massacre deaths.

Hannah Arendt in “The Origins of Totalitarianism”: “totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.”