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May 9, 2017

Fear and Literati in Las Vegas: On ‘The Believer’s’ Move to Sin City 3

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The vows columns might note that The Believer and Las Vegas share a certain weirdness. A wedding toast might say that bringing indie culture to the ultimate resort town is a great McSweeneyian adventure.

May 8, 2017

Make Contributors’ Notes Great Again 2

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The stream of journal titles became an indicator of stature, a look-see-here, I’m in the Kenyon Review! And you’re not. My own contributor’s note was just as guilty of journal-shaming.

May 5, 2017

An Inheritance of Lost Mothers 0

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Zambreno casts her mother as lead, mysterious beauty, with cigarette, Coach purse, floppy hat. If she’s present here in literature, it seems there is the potential of moving on.

May 3, 2017

At the Firing Squad: The Radical Works of a Young Dostoevsky 10

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In the eyes of most literary circles, Dostoevsky was just a one-hit wonder.

April 18, 2017

The Afterlife of F. Scott Fitzgerald 2

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Fitzgerald found a way for his death to give Tycoon, a necessarily fragmented tale of loss, a more moving outcome than anything he might dream up.

April 17, 2017

What Edith Wharton Taught Me about Marriage 2

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The Age of Innocence, from three different epochs of married life.

April 14, 2017

Gertrude Stein: Unlikely Comp Teacher 2

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Gertrude Stein’s writing isn’t, on the face of it, a style we’d traditionally encourage in college. But why? Doesn’t it uphold the tenacious inquiry we ask of collegial adults? Doesn’t it allow for play and interest? Doesn’t it make claims?

April 13, 2017

Woman with Power Is Woman Unchecked: Reading Narratives of Indian Women 4

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Woman is either heretically subversive or divinely transcendent; there is no middle ground.

April 11, 2017

No Need for Sainthood: On Grace Paley’s Enduring Humanity 1

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Paley paved a path for others to follow, even if no one could match her unique blend of urban wit, street smarts, and tensile sentences.

April 11, 2017

Zone of Strangeness: On John Cheever’s Subjective Suburbs 2

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It is the tension between two countervailing urges — the urge for freedom and the urge for safety — that lends Cheever’s work much of its enduring power.