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The poems are meant to convey home truths and meant to be enjoyed. They are often very powerful but some are very whimsical too.
A new history of the essay gets the genre all wrong, and in the process endorses a misleading idea of knowledge.
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
SADIE STEIN ENDINGS ARE VERY, VERY HARD—the greater question is less why books disappoint than why any succeed. Each of these is a good book written by someone of great skill who, for whatever reason, choked, rushed, or otherwise ran a narrative off
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
KIRSTEN SALYER THE BOOKS WE READ WHEN WE’RE young have a special sort of power: they can inspire us to be brave and resilient (Matilda by Roald Dahl), take us on thrilling adventures (Divergent by Veronica Roth) and even introduce us to tragedy (The
FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, the Paris Review has asked writers just what they do every day. Judging from the excerpts below, a whole lot of them spend their time thinking—and arguing—about plot.
BIG-NAME BOOK RELEASES ARE typically greeted with fanfare and enthusiasm. Midnight Harry Potter release parties? Sure. International book tours that keep authors on the road for months? Yep. The dual publication of Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia, her
ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO I stumbled upon a shoebox filled with junk that had been gathering dust in a closet since my dad’s death. I found an old slide rule, a really nice stapler—and four fountain pens. To my amazement, they worked almost as well as they
SARAH BEGLEY ADULTS TEND TO FRET about how kids will handle the death of a loved one. How much can they understand about permanence? What should they be told about the possibility of an afterlife? How will they move on? The children’s books that st
Richard Lacayo KERRY JAMES MARSHALL In works invested with a kind of madcap virtuosity, Marshall, 60, brings African-American lives vividly into the discourses of art history. One of the many things that make his paintings so smart is that Marshall
Radhika Jones Technically he’s not our bard, but you wouldn’t know it from the performances that light up the American landscape every summer. How did a playwright who died four years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth give rise to an annual tra
Will America see a rebirth of political verse?
Web publications tend to favor straight quotation marks, a pragmatic approach to typography that old-school stylists can’t stand.
The 19th-century writer believed that the power of poetry and democracy came from an ability to make a unified whole out of disparate parts.
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