Lit Hub Weekly: January 10 – 14, 2022

TODAY: In 1831, Victor Hugo finishes The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Also on Lit Hub:

Trying to define the “Great American Novel” • On Almanac of the Dead, a hallmark of Indigenous literature • “Like saying your first ‘I love you,’ you can’t exactly ignore your first Daddy” • Inside the world’s most beautiful libraries • Radhika Sanghani’s favorite self-help books • Is there a serial killer lurking in the Himalayas’ Parvati Valley? • How stolen cultural artifacts made their way to a major museum • Nikki May on dreaming of jam tarts in Lagos • How our emotions laid the foundation for functioning societies • On the hidden fight inside the Federal Reserve that reshaped the economy • Kerri Maher on the bookstores that comprise her “writing DNA” • How artists navigate the interplay of authority and freedom • 25 films from Oceania to add to your watch list • Edgar Gomez on sex, desire, and going on PrEP • Leigh Stein on reading Anne Frank in quarantine • Lewis R. Gordon on talking about Black consciousness • Hannah Lilith Assadi on the hauntings of our pasts • 59 years of book covers for The Bell Jar • Do our dogs really love us? • Jonathan Gleason on the roots of violence • Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on writing on your own terms