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February 24, 2017

Pale Fire 0

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You can’t write about Robert Lowell without writing about mental illness — the poet went through many stretches of mania and psychosis in his life. In the Washington Post, Michael Dirda reads a “medico-biography” of Lowell, which takes a full measure of his lifelong illness and its consequences.

February 24, 2017

Ethel Rohan Wants You to Know What It’s Like to Be Marginalized: The Millions Interview 0

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I think fiction does have that power to humanize, to generate empathy.

February 24, 2017

Nine Modern Literary Letter Collections for the Curious Reader 2

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Reading someone’s letters give us a glimpse into their private life — that’s why we love them. If you ever wondered what some of your favorite modern writers were composing when they weren’t polishing drafts of books that would go on to change the world, check out this list.

February 23, 2017

President Donald J. Gantry: On the Prescience of Sinclair Lewis 1

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If you want a guide to how we’ve come to find ourselves in such a bewildering, dangerous place — and to how we might, in the future, avoid such empty hucksters — choose Elmer Gantry. It’s one of Sinclair Lewis’s best. And it’s the story of Donald Trump.

February 23, 2017

Surviving Trump: Masha Gessen Wants You to Remember the Future 0

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It’s taken Americans a while to understand how Trump lies, that he doesn’t lie in order to make you believe what he is saying. He lies in order to assert power over reality.

February 22, 2017

Ottessa Moshfegh Is Disgusting (in a Good Way) 3

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The characters in Homesick for Another World violate and are violated in turn; they are sick in every sense, and sick of this world.

February 22, 2017

Tom Hanks, Fiction Writer 0

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Tom Hanks’s debut collection of short stories is due out in October. “The theme of the collection will be typewriters,” reports The Guardian, “with each tale involving one of these more and more scarce machines.”

February 22, 2017

Fake Pill City 0

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In his new book, Pill City, journalist Kevin Deutsch set out to tell the real story of how, following the 2015 Baltimore riots, Charm City’s streets became flush with heroin and pills. But now local writers are raising serious questions about the veracity of Deutsch’s account. Among others, The Wire creator David Simon has called […]

February 22, 2017

The Master and the Big Screen 0

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Russian movie producer Svetlana Migunova-Dali is working with U.S. producer Grace Loh, who produced Hot Tub Time Machine, to adapt Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita for the big screen. They say they’re working with a feature film budget of up to $100 million, and they want A-list actors to fill out the cast.

February 22, 2017

The Cruelest Joke: Laughing Through Tragedy 1

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It’s cathartic to hear David Cross rip Donald Trump to shreds. Just as it’s cathartic to listen to Louis C.K. make fun of himself. Just as it’s cathartic to escape in Mitch Hedberg jokes instead of thinking about the sick person I just spoke to on the phone. But the laughter doesn’t change anything.