Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

THREE-MARTINI AFTERNOONS AT THE RITZ: THE REBELLION OF SYLVIA PLATH & ANNE SEXTON, Gail Crowther. The true story of the friendship — and eventual rivalry — between the two legendary poets. “Deliriously fast-paced and erudite, this is highly recommended,” writes Library Journal in a starred review. Bookshop.

UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY, Kristy Woodson Harvey. A journalist discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her friend and his late wife have been deemed “abandoned” — but telling…


And other absurd, hilarious stories about history’s strangest literary objects from Edward Brooke-Hitching’s ‘The Madman’s Library’

In Over Coffee, writer, reader, and haphazard reviewer Angela Lashbrook chats with authors about their recent books, and quizzes them on their hot breakfast takes.

In 1708, under the pseudonym Isaac Bickerstaff, writer Jonathan Swift published an almanac of predictions, titled, helpfully, Predictions for the Year 1708. Contained within it was the prediction that another almanac author, astrologer and Whig-supporter John Partridge, “will infallibly die upon 29 March next, about 11 at night, of raging fever.” Swift quickly followed up his almanac with a pamphlet, The Accomplishment of the first of Mr Bickerstaff’s Predictions. …


Whether you’re beachside, poolside, or air conditioner-side: there’s so much to read this summer, you won’t want to do anything else.

Thank god for publishing. While so much of the world ground to a halt, folks in the book industry — writers, publicists, authors, booksellers — continued their relentless, energetic exercise in delivering the entertainment we all needed to get through the past year — and beyond. Now things are looking a bit brighter, and despite the increased ability many of us now possess to actually go out into the world and do things, the long list of upcoming summer book releases is so painfully excellent I’m a bit nervous I won’t actually end up doing much besides reading in different…


Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

WE ARE WATCHING ELIZA BRIGHT, A.E. Osworth. An elite video game coder finds protection from a mysterious group known as the Sixsterhood after she is doxxed for reporting her harassment. “Osworth offers a sharp take on the deeply disturbing misogyny that lurks online as well as a hopeful look at combatting it,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.

ANTIQUITIES, Cynthia Ozick. An elderly WASP trustee at a now-defunct all boys school prepares his memoirs, remembering the antisemitism that pervaded the school and his encounters with a mysterious older pupil. The New Yorker calls it “brisk,” writing that “Ozick’s book about a man…


Sanjena Sathian’s stunning Gold Diggers calls into question the relentless American pursuit of success

Our plan, I calculated quickly on pen and paper as I sprawled on Anita’s floor one weekday morning, would involve the abduction of a few thousand dollars’ worth of property. Grand theft. Up to ten years in prison.

If you could drink a beverage that imbued you with the ambition, passion, and energy of someone you admired, would you? What if that beverage were infused with liquid gold? What if you had to steal that gold from the person whose ambition you craved? …


👍 or 👎?

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I am staunchly against emoji reactions in online communication. In Instagram direct messages, reaction responses weaken conversations and compel participants to be lazy communicators. One-click communication, as likes and reactions are sometimes called, is cheap: easy to use, but you get what you pay for.

So when news came out that Twitter is currently testing adding reactions, including downvotes and upvotes, to tweets (not just in DMs, where they currently aggravate), my hackles rose — until I really thought about it for a minute. Part of what makes private DM reactions frustrating is that people use them, essentially, as read…


How young people are using wit and dry humor to overcome toxic work culture

Illustration: Scott Gelber for GEN

When I saw TikTok influencer Rod’s recent video about his morning routine, I breathed a shuddering sigh of dread and relief. With Shania Twain’s “I Feel Like A Woman” playing in the background, Rod gets ready for his day. “Let’s go girls,” he lip-syncs to the song, motioning toward two personalities set to accompany him on his remote office job: “Anxiety about getting fired” and “Addiction to coffee.” “Just one of many guests I have throughout the work day,” the caption reads. Rod looks up at his minions, already exhausted. “Come on,” he says with a resigned sigh.

I had…


Each week, I’ll catalog the biggest and most exciting adult and YA fiction — and the occasional nonfiction — coming out that Tuesday.

PARADISE, NEVADA, Dario Diofebi. Disparate characters converge in Las Vegas in the lead-up to a bombing at a luxury resort and casino. The Los Angeles Times says Diofebi “recalls David Foster Wallace… Trick by trick and hand after hand, Diofebi proves a gifted young maximalist.” Bookshop.

FIRST, BECOME ASHES, K.M. Szpara. Members of an abusive cult must venture back out into the world they fear after their leader is arrested. “Szpara mixes trauma and magic to mesmerizing results,” writes Publisher’s Weekly. Bookshop.


Five examples that prove money can’t buy taste

Courtesy @sf_daily_photo

In 1906, the city of San Francisco saw the destruction of 28,000 buildings, first from the 7.9 earthquake that hit at 5:12 am, and then, more significantly, from the fires that followed. These fires, responsible for 98% of the city’s total damage, essentially razed the burgeoning outlaw oasis to the ground. What arose from the ashes was something both far worse and far better than what its residents, both permanent and passing through, had been working to build before.

Today, San Francisco’s houses face another existential crisis: rich techies.

I’m being hyperbolic, obviously (and what was truly tragic about the…


Long video calls and chronic digestive issues don’t mix

Senior woman waving hi to the Zoom call with a restrained expression.
Senior woman waving hi to the Zoom call with a restrained expression.
Photo: Nico De Pasquale Photography/Getty Images

Sammy Nickalls, a writer based in Pennsylvania, often has to poop immediately before a Zoom call. “I always end up thinking to myself, ‘Oh God, do I have time to take care of this before the call?’ and ‘WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING?’”

Nickalls is experiencing what for most of us is a new phenomenon: the dreaded Zoom poop. As the pandemic forced more people to transition from an office setting to their new work-from-home life, crucial bathroom routines were suddenly upended. Folks who used to regularly poop at, say, 7:00 after a morning run but before their commute to…

Angela Lashbrook

I’m a columnist for OneZero, where I write about the intersection of health & tech. Also seen at Elemental, The Atlantic, VICE, and Vox. Brooklyn, NY.

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