Tag: Literature

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Immediate Family

A profile of author Maggie Nelson.

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The Weight of James Arthur Baldwin

Searching for meaning at Baldwin’s soon-to-be-demolished home in France.

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Umberto Eco: The Art of Fiction No. 197

“It’s odd, the older I get, the more I remember.”
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How Chris Jackson Is Building a Black Literary Movement

A profile of the editor behind Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, Jay Z’s Decoded, and more.

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Looking for Hemingway

On George Plimpton and the founders of The Paris Review.

Early in the fifties another young generation of American expatriates in Paris became twenty-six years old, but they were not Sad Young Men, nor were they Lost; they were the witty, irreverent sons of a conquering nation.
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Men Explain Lolita to Me

“You read enough books in which people like you are disposable, or are dirt, or are silent, absent, or worthless, and it makes an impact on you. Because art makes the world, because it matters, because it makes us. Or breaks us.”
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The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude

The origin story of Gabriel García Márquez’s classic.

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Uprooted

A moment of racism at Harvard leads the writer to consider Huckleberry Finn.

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The Brontës and the Con Men

The men whose profitable (and self-serving) antics preserved what we know of the Brontë sisters.

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Ravishing

On the sex lives of the castrati.

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Something Borrowed

The adventures and controversies of the avant-garde poet Kenneth Goldsmith, who believes plagiarism is an art form.