The Rest Of Your Year In Lit

07/16/2014 4:00 AM |

Future Thinkpiece Fodder

Happiness: Ten Years of n+1
by the Editors of n+1

Once the enfant terrible of the literary world, n+1 has now been publishing essays for a solid decade. This book collects pieces by Keith Gessen, Elif Batuman, Chad Harbach, and other frequent contributors, many of whom went on to storied careers as journalists and novelists. It will surely launch a dozen essays begging the n+1-ish question: “What was the mid-2000s literary magazine?”
(Faber & Faber, September)


10:04
by Ben Lerner

Lerner’s first semi-autobiographical novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, about an unreliable poet struggling with his sense of self, was a surprise critical hit. His follow-up, 10:04, treads a similar line between fiction and memoir, looking at a writer dealing with the unexpected success of his first book.
(Faber & Faber, September)


World Order
by Henry Kissinger

The prolific former Secretary of State returns with more musings on how best to construct—you guessed it—a world order. Be on the lookout for outraged political correspondents, particularly paired with the new musings by Hitchens, one of Kissinger’s most vocal critics.
(The Penguin Press, September)


Why Religion is Immoral: And Other Interventions
by Christopher Hitchens

A collection of previously unpublished speeches by the late intellectual and provocateur Christopher Hitchens catalogs his jabs at figures both political and religious. Expect a Slate piece on Hitchens’ legacy.
(Simon & Schuster, November)


The Unspeakable
by Meghan Daum

Daum’s 2001 essay collection My Misspent Youth became one of the genre’s touchstones, full of observations about trying to get by in New York and having mixed feelings about the whole thing. The Unspeakable is Daum’s follow-up. No longer an ingénue, Daum grapples with topics like the wedding-industrial complex with wit and thoughtfulness.
(Macmillan, November)