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May 26, 2017

Denis Johnson, 1949-2017 2

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“My ear for the diction and rhythms of poetry was trained by — in chronological order — Dr. Seuss, Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, the guitar solos of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, and T.S. Eliot.” Author Denis Johnson has died at age 67, reports The Washington Post. Our own Sonya Chung recommended Johnson’s celebrated short story collection Jesus’ Son to […]

May 26, 2017

Leonora Carrington’s Unruly Prose 0

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Centenaries ask us to put aside our doubts and pay tribute; that said, the fact that these texts have lain dormant for years is not wholly without reason.

May 25, 2017

The New Great Books 0

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“How can we represent four hundred years of American literary history in a way that doesn’t reinforce the unfortunate hierarchies of those four hundred years?” Year in Reading alum Rebecca Makkai writes for Electric Literature about the opening of the new American Writers Museum in Chicago and what it means to curate an historical canon of letters. […]

May 25, 2017

Have Homer, Will Travel 0

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We’re super jazzed about a new (and free!) app called ToposText that pairs the entirety of ancient Greek and Roman texts with GIS mapping data, allowing travelers to pull up history’s classics in the places in which they were written. Developed by a relative of our own Lydia Kiesling, ToposText correlates to a map of nearly 6,000 ancient places […]

May 25, 2017

Molding Something in Our Image: The Millions Interviews James Sturm 0

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The story is basically an anatomy of a race riot that strongly evokes current events: a race-baiting, crass salesman manipulating the media for profit. The character of Victor Paige wasn’t a character I took that seriously in writing the book — now that character is president.

May 25, 2017

A Gift to the Future: In Defense of Keeping a Journal 2

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Keeping a journal — not a blog for an audience, but an actual journal — feels like a form of aesthetic and personal resistance. It feels a little bit subversive.

May 24, 2017

Mary Gaitskill and the Dignity of the Nowhere Girl 0

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Mary Gaitskill comes alive when turning toward what others shun.

May 24, 2017

The Mathematical Poet: Exploring Edgar Allan Poe’s Logical Imagination 0

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In “The Philosophy of Composition,” Poe is critiquing Poe with the objectivity of a scientist studying a specimen under a microscope.

May 23, 2017

Lineage of Restless Women: On Kristen Radtke’s ‘Imagine Wanting Only This’ 0

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Family is how many people understand the world, and that’s okay, but for many women, art is the key to unlocking the mysteries of life.

May 23, 2017

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Why get an education when revelation is free? Why delay marriage when you’ve already given your whole self away once to God? There was no guidance against these choices. Recklessness was baptized as maturity.