Lit Hub Weekly: January 31 – February 4, 2022

TODAY: In 1848, French novelist and art critic Joris-Karl Huysmans is born.  

Also on Lit Hub:

Lan Samantha Chang on the complicated relationship between writing and money • How the male point of view shapes the narrative of The Great Gatsby • Celebrating Ulysses at 100 • Why Whitney Houston’s rendition of the national anthem still matters • How Antarctic explorers kept themselves sane on long, cold voyages • On the sad Disneyfication of Bambi • On the hidden pain of V.C. Andrews, author of Flowers in the Attic • In a Gazan home in California, two writers share a taste of home • The literary film and TV you should stream this month • Why we should all be reading Kay Dick • On Vladimir, The Lost Daughter, and the intersection of art and motherhood • “Each ingredient carries a story” • Will Smith should’ve been our rom-com hero • What can a dead Egyptian pharaoh teach us about the modern world? • How reading plays helped Julia may Jonas write her novel • The mysterious origins of the world’s oldest commercial beer • Some helpful metaphors, illustrated, on how to write a novel • Is Wonder Boys the best-ever onscreen depiction of a writer? • Daniel Black on the potency of the epistolary form • Taking writing lessons from quantum physics • How Frances McDormand taps into “the Method