BURN PILE: New Lit TV, Great Young American Novelists, Good Friends, and Something Funny from McSweeney’s

In this week’s Burn Pile, CutBank brings you all your essential literary entertainment needs (at least for another week-or-so). Binge-worthy TV shows, work from great young American novelists, a heartwarming story of friendship and cannons, and something funny from McSweeney’s:

·       Two new literary TV shows debuted recently: Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and STARZ’s American Gods. Read related articles from The New Yorker here and BookRiot here.

·       The excellent folks at Granta have also released a special issue featuring the best of young American novelists. Get the issue featuring Emma Cline, Catherine Lacey, Jesse Ball, Lauren Groff, Karan Mahajan, and Claire Vaye Watkins here. In addition, read LitHub’s feature of “10 More of the Best Young American Novelists” here.

·       Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me is also coming to the Apollo stage. Read The New York Times write-up here.

·       In other news, Johnny Depp spent five million dollars on a cannon to blast Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes—what a good friend.

·       And finally meet Thad—your worst student—courtesy of McSweeney’s.

Stay strong, friends. CutBank out.