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The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud
The enchantment of a piece of writing delivered by the human voice may come on little cat feet, so to speak, slipping in so softly that we hardly notice its arrival. It can also dash forward and strike with a blow, as it did one night in 1917 to the
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Where New York’s Literary Single Girls Lived
When I’m at war with the world, contemplating old failures and fresh regrets, I go online to revisit a New York building where I once lived. Eighteen Gramercy Park South is now full of Robert Stern-designed full-floor apartments, an attached maisonet
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Poet Mary Oliver Dies at 83
Mary Oliver, a prolific poet whose work garnered a wide audience for its clear, direct explorations of the natural world, died Thursday at her home Hobe Sound, Florida, according to Bill Reichblum, her literary executor. She was 83. In more than 15 c
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This Week on Reading Women: Most Anticipated Books of 2019
Reading Women is a weekly podcast where women discuss books by or about women. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with talented w
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A Literary Outpost on the End of Long Island
Driving out east to the Hamptons today evokes a certain image: ritzy parties attended by Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow; massive mansions owned by Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, and their celebrity counterparts; days spent picnicking on pris
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Still In Love
The Professor was a better drill sergeant and a better sermonizer than Mark, and because he had no interest whatsoever in the students’ lives outside the classroom and rebuffed every attempt Mark made to share any facts about their health or families
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Sam Lipsyte on the Key to Writing: “It All Has to Be the Good Part.”
Sam Lipsyte’s newest novel Hark is out now from Simon and Schuster.  * Who do you most wish would read your book? My mother died before I ever published any books, so she would be my first choice. She was the one who encouraged me the most, and helpe
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‘Meeting You In The First Place Was Great Though’ A Poem By Rachael Allen
I am the girl with chapped cheeks and blue bow with my breasts taped down dancing silently on my father’s lap of course I wake with a start in the new bedroom painted blue in a cacophonous pool of blood the moon sways over me whitely too quickly bord
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Reading Across America: Have Your Poetry and Eat It, Too
The only worthy reason to leave my warm, cozy apartment on the first rainy weekend of December was in the pursuit of poetry. I was looking for an event that was lived and embodied, beyond a literary experience. Thankfully, I found it in Tender Table.
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Rediscovering Reading After Graduate School Nearly Destroyed It
I read hundreds of pages a week for my English PhD program. When I left my program after four years, I discovered an unexpected side effect: I could no longer read the vast majority of adult fiction. This wasn’t just a matter of taste, but of physica
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New Poetry by DaMaris Hill
Harriet Beecher Spruill-Hill, United States European Command, Patch Barracks in Cold War Germany (circa 1953) Harriet Beecher Spruill-Hill April 16, 1928 and I don’t care to remember . . . See, I had a grandma who could read at lightning speeds. Now
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Literary Disco: How Does the Story of Tarzan Stand Up Today?
Welcome to 2019, the perfect year to dive into the classic tale of… Tarzan! Ok, the first Tarzan was published in 1912, but this year marks the hundredth anniversary of The Jungles of Tarzan, in which a teenage Tarzan grapples with being a teenager.
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Lauren Groff and Rachel Kushner Talk Prisons, Prairies, and Power
Listen to this conversation—which originally took place in November 2018, at The Archive Project by Literary Arts. * John Freeman: You both moved from one place to another at a significant stage in your life. Rachel, you moved from Oregon to Californ
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How to Say “I’m a Writer” and Mean It
I’m a writer. For years, I couldn’t say it. I wondered when I would. How many publications would it take? What finish line would I cross? And then it happened: at a wine tasting, a place I already didn’t belong, when a petite, dark-haired woman servi
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Alice Munro Helped Me Finish My Story (And I Didn’t Even Know It)
I never meant to plagiarize Alice Munro. I had been having problems with a story of mine called “The Colossus of Rhodes,” the most autobiographical story in my collection, Mothers. Maybe that’s why it was one of the most difficult to get right. It de
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“Ideas of Heaven” A Poem by Dorianne Laux
My mother’s idea of heaven was a pulse, nurses in white spilling light across fields with hurricane lamps, bandage rolls, syringes, pain killers, stethoscopes, pressure cuffs, patella hammers. Twice she almost died herself, and so knew heaven was not
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This Science Fiction Novelist Created a Feminist Language from Scratch
Can a language be designed specifically to express the thoughts and feelings of women? In 1984, the linguist Suzette Haden Elgin wrote a science fiction novel to test this question. The result was Native Tongue, a dystopian tale of a future America t
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Samanta Schweblin: There’s No Place Like Home, Including Home Itself
Surreal and haunting, spare yet complex, Samanta Schweblin’s fiction is like little else being written right now. Her work has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Juan Rulfo Prize, recognition from Argentina’s National Fund for the Ar
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Read an Extract from Three Poems by Hannah Sullivan, Winner of This Year’s T. S. Eliot Prize
The following is extracted from Hannah Sullivan’s debut collection, Three Poems, which was announced the winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. __________________________________ All summer the Park smelled of cloves and it was dying. Now it is
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David Mitchell Just Wants the Earth to Last (and Liverpool to Win the League)
David Mitchell is the author of seven novels, including bestsellers Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and The Bone Clocks, and was born on January 12, 1969. To mark his 50th birthday, Rose Harris-Birtill sent him ten interview questi
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Does a Fictional Memory Loss Pandemic Really Need an Explanation?
The New Books Network is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to a wide public via new media. They publish 100 new interviews every month and serve a large
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The Scientific Case for Calling the President a Motherf*cker
It was a bold move for a rookie player: “When your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama, look, you won. Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherfucker.’” And with that, t
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Three Days in the Life (and Mind) of Jan Morris
The following is from Jan Morris’s “thought diary,” In My Mind’s Eye. * Day 74 Scraped, torn and shabby inside the door of my car are two paperback volumes of Michel de Montaigne’s collected essays. They live there permanently, and I love them. I hav
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Cedar Sigo on Playfulness and Poetry
For this installment in our interview series with contemporary poets, Peter Mishler spoke with Cedar Sigo. Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naro
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Notice Me: How Literary Publicity Works
In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, publicists and writers Carla Bruce-Eddings and Karen Gu, and novelist Tom Barbash talk to hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell about how literary publicity works, and how books and authors
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Conversations with My Nanny
I had never in my life talked with my childhood nanny about sex. I would have found it unthinkable to raise the subject with this woman, even though she has been living under our roof for more than 20 years. We represent, the two of us, completely op
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Why Does Women’s Writing About Relationships Need to be “Relatable”?
Women writing about their relationships are pathologized, punished, and diminished in a truly stunning number of ways. It’s almost like we live in a patriarchal society where every aspect of culture is designed to take away women’s power! I want to t
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Meet the Writer Who Chased Eve Babitz All Over Hollywood
Lili Anolik wasn’t planning to write a book about Eve Babitz. The idea was to put together a series of pieces on the scene in 60s and 70s Los Angeles—the film critic Pauline Kael and novelist Joan Didion were two proposed topics—with Babitz, a lesser
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How Do You Set James Joyce’s Most Famous Story on the Stage?
It’s a touch ironic that the central hook of The Dead, 1904, an immersive theatrical adaptation of James Joyce’s short story “The Dead,” is a lavish holiday feast. Performed at the wonderfully festive and stately Irish Historical Society on New York’
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An Oddly Poetic Account Of Colorblindness From The Turn Of The Last Century
The relation of color to light is much the same as that of music to sound. Color has its many hues, its long scales of tints and shades, its true and its false chords. Mere sound gives us but little pleasure; when developed, however, into its highest
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