And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects.

Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of November 5, 2017.

  • The New York Times has a completely delightful profile of Otis Kidwell Burger, who hosts a weekly poetry reading at the West Village townhouse where she’s lived for nearly 60 years:

Her Sunday evening invitation-only salons have a Bohemian feel. Many of the poets date back to the Village in the ’50s, and Ms. Kidwell Burger can reminisce about longshoremen working the piers and seaman living in local rooming houses and frequenting salty bars. She can recall freight trains clattering by on the tracks that are now part of the High Line.

“Now it’s one of the more expensive places in the city to live,” she said. “The billionaires are pushing out the millionaires.”

  • LitHub has collected the vast wisdom of Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro together all in one place:

“Write about what you know” is the most stupid thing I’ve heard. It encourages people to write a dull autobiography. It’s the reverse of firing the imagination and potential of writers.

  • Also at LitHub, Emily Temple talked with a group of authors about how weird it was to try to promote a new novel in the first year of the age of Trump:

One of the most insidious parts of living under a leadership that is actively trying to stoke terror and rage on a daily, even hourly, basis is that all forms of human activity start to seem incoherent and lose their meaning. With more appalling news than anyone can possibly read being generated every day, it hasn’t been a fun Read More Here