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February 16, 2017

All Lit Up: Finding Style Advice in Classic Literature 1


My innate interest in beauty was stoked by 20th-century literature and the captivating female characters who populate it.

February 15, 2017

Margaret Wise Brown and the Mystery of Mood 0


Would folks who lulled their children to sleep with Goodnight Moon rest easy if they knew it birthed by a lesbian consciousness? Might they worry that Goodnight Moon could unconsciously shape a mood realm deep inside the child that might make him grow up gay?

February 14, 2017

How to Be Harrowing 1


Writers like Amy Leach and Rebecca Solnit help me believe that the harrowing essay will not rule the day, and that writing that pays careful attention to the world and to language, tone, and metaphorical resonance can be equally powerful as and far more enduring than the personal essay with the most online shares.

February 13, 2017

Flying Blind: Truth, Journalism, and the Digital Age 0


Without that truth-seeking ecosystem of healthy small- and mid-size daily newspapers to explain national news in terms local readers can understand, Americans are left stewing in separate echo chambers, one urban, educated, and liberal, the other working-class, rural, and spoiling for a fight.

February 10, 2017

Borges, Burgin, and Infinity 2


None of his books of fiction got the attention that the Borges book did. But, he says with a smile, ‘I’ve never met a writer who feels like he or she got as much as they deserved.’

February 10, 2017

Write the Things That Burn: The Poems of Alejandra Pizarnik 0


Pizarnik, whose ubiquity in 20th-century Latin-American literature is indicated by the fact that many critics refer to her simply as “Alejandra” or “A.P.,” has not, historically, been on a first-name basis with English-reading audiences

February 8, 2017

Checking Out: Dispatches From the Sea-Cave Suite and Elsewhere 0


After a nice long think in the grotto shower, I resolved, once back on dry land, to conduct a survey of recent, or recently reissued, novels that make their home, so to speak, in hotels.

February 7, 2017

Lydia Davis and Jhumpa Lahiri Learn New Languages 3


We’ve been searching texts for a connection to another person or community for more than 4,000 years. This is what Davis and Lahiri wanted. It is likely the reason why you are reading this right now. And in this desire for connection, every reader, across time and place, is intimately linked.

February 3, 2017

The Devils, Damsels, and Discipline of Jorge de Sena 1


The Prodigious Physician continues to resonate in our time in the way it celebrates equality between women and men, sexual freedom over prudery, reason over fanaticism, and the individual over the state.

February 2, 2017

Ghost Stories 1


A controversial homebirth midwife; a woman cop who took six bullets as she helped stop a terrorist attack; a young woman making the best of life despite a disfiguring disease. Those are the kinds of people I have ghostwritten books for.