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May 23, 2016

“Nature” Is What We See– 0

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“[Emily] Dickinson is often portrayed as some white gossamer recluse, completely divorced from the world outside her bedroom—but that is not really true. The physical circumference of her adult life was small, but its psychological terrain was boundless.” This piece explores the ways in which Emily Dickinson’s work was shaped by her skills as a gardener […]

May 23, 2016

Frog and Toad Are Friends 0

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“Millennials are so frequently hyped as the first digital generation that people tend to forget that we were raised first and foremost with books. TV and the Internet may have shaped our identities, but so did old-fashioned, printed stories.” Everybody is tired of the word “millennial,” but this piece makes some great points about Arnold […]

May 22, 2016

Summer Belongs To Someone Else 0

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Recommended Reading: This story by John Patrick McHugh at Granta Magazine. Do yourself a favor and check out this one while you’re at it.

May 22, 2016

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary 0

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“I think if a woman is absolutely happy with herself, that goes a long way in getting others to accept her choices. But it’s hard to be absolutely happy with yourself, whoever you are. I mean, what kind of maniac is that?” What kind of maniac are you? This interview with Mary Gaitskill from Guernica Magazine […]

May 22, 2016

Merry Pranksters 0

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“No drugs on the bus!” Take a road trip with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and some other really fantastic poets.

May 22, 2016

Parlez-vous Francais? 0

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“One of the most rewarding parts of reading Jane Eyre as a thirteen-year-old Midwesterner is taking a wild shot in the dark at the meaning of all of the untranslated French passages.” Mallory Ortberg at The Toast takes a shot at translating some of Jane Eyre’s trickier passages. Bonus: here are a bunch of reasons why […]

May 21, 2016

Let’s Trade Manuscripts 0

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“If you ask around, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a really bad novel easily enough. I mean a novel by someone who has spent isolated years writing a book they are convinced is a great work of literature. And when you’re reading it you’ll know it’s bad, and you’ll know what bad truly […]

May 21, 2016

The Bard For 100 0

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Jonathan Franzen knows a lot about birds. The novelist competed on Jeopardy’s “Power Players Week” alongside Chuck Todd and S.E. Cupp as part of a variation on the Celebrity Jeopardy theme. Franzen flubbed a few questions about Shakespeare which, ironically, served to help dispel some of the “old curmudgeon” reputation that has followed him for years. This piece […]

May 21, 2016

Down South 0

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“We’re both gay boys from the south, and we both write about growing up in places that deny the value and dignity of LGBTQ lives.” Garth Greenwell and Garrard Conley are headed to North Carolina! It’s not too late to catch the duo as they hit the second leg of their reading/anti-HB2 events across the Old […]

May 21, 2016

Slouching Towards Summer 0

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From “A Prayer For Maintaining At Least A Tenuous Hold On My Sanity” to “A Prayer for My Wrecked Bladder,” here are five prayers whispered by a first-year teacher as the school year slouches to a finish.