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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.

April 10, 2017

Grey Skies, Small Island Towns, and Gangsters: On Tartan Noir 1

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Tartan is the pattern on shortbread tins, or the hairy friendly blanket my dog sleeps on. There’s a something of a disconnect between the warmth of Tartan and the broken-glass cold of noir — and that makes the term work.

April 10, 2017

Eight for Eight: A Literary Reader for Passover 1

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What follows is a literary sampling inspired by Pesach: eight books for the eight nights of the holiday, choices that amplify Passover themes and honor writing itself.

April 7, 2017

The Germ Has Spread: How America Elected a Reality Show President 9

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Trump is a product of a society that has been groomed, through the popularity of reality television, to reward people whose sole motivation is to rock the boat, even at the detriment of those who can’t swim.

April 6, 2017

Of Mondegreens and Eggcorns: Language Keeps Talking About Itself 1

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Language flexes and adapts. It knows it will be both mangled and elevated, depending on who wields it — quite often by the same person.

April 5, 2017

The Rise of the Sad Flâneur 6

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At his most powerful, the Sad Flâneur lays bare the relationship between capitalism and depression.

March 30, 2017

Did Vladimir Nabokov Write the Great Refugee Novel? 3

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During the first hundred pages, you might even assume that this is a comic novel. But as the tragedy of Pnin’s life unfolds, in flashbacks and reminiscences, the reader is shocked into a deeper awareness of the reality of the refugee’s life in exile.

March 29, 2017

Travesty and American Usage 9

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The Unethical Appeal may be used to lie, rile, and show contempt for the very reaction it seeks. It longs to drink “Liberal tears.” Recent, though hardly unfamiliar, the Unethical Appeal is the primary rhetorical style of the new administration.