DWL Lit Bites Nov 13

Hello, readers! If you are in Karachi and kicking it at the Karachi International Book Fair then good on you. If not, what are you doing? Get thee to a book stall and share your hauls with us at #DWLbookhaul on Twitter and Instagram. When you get a moment free from book shopping, check out our literary readsĀ for the week:

1. In a time when racial tensions have permeated the global conversation, we turn to literature for solace. What did Shakespeare mean when he said Othello was black? The answer, surprisingly, lies in the Muslim Ottomans and pirate ships.

2. Countless think pieces try to add their two cents to the question: “Is this the golden age of literary television?” From Mad Men to Breaking Bad, there has been a slew of shows that have the slow burn of literary novels and plots of Shakespearean tragedy. But there is a flip side, too. Over at The Millions, Jacob Lambert highlights the problem when TV is a little too authentic.

3. Unpublished manuscripts are to literary nerds what a rare fossil is to an archaeologist. A complete story written by Edith Wharton was found in the Yale’sĀ Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Covered with edits and annotations there is no doubt it is Edith Wharton because of the handwriting and other clues.