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Edoardo Albinati on Masculinity, Italy, and Fascism
Edoardo Albinati’s The Catholic School is a recent winner of Italy’s biggest literary prize, il premo Strega, and is coming out in the United States this month. Albinati’s novel is about a number of things—fascism, the petite bourgeois, Rome in the 1
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Is There Such A Thing As An Ethics Of Cosmopolitanism?
Human beings are social beings. The fact that we are capable of interacting with one another through speech and reason, and that we are in a deep sense interdependent and interactive beings, means that we are moral fellow citizens, in the sense that
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In the Age of Endless Scrolling, Jun’ichiro Tanizaki Helps Us Stand Still
First I’d like to talk about professional wrestling. Of course, my intention was to write about Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, but when I reread his works and sat down to think about him as an author, I couldn’t help but want to talk about pro wrestling. Bear
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Dear Yusef Komunyakaa: A Letter From Gregory Pardlo
Dear Yusef, It’s been 25 years, I’m reminded, since Neon Vernacular won the Pulitzer Prize. I hope you did something to mark the anniversary. My stained and feathered copy, when I tipped it from the shelf, dragged with it a magician’s scarf of memori
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Lessons From Nabokov: Finding Freedom in a Foreign Language
I own a 19-year-old copy of Vladimir Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading. I place its age from the barcode on its back, which states the name of the bookstore where I bought it: Borders.The one that used to sit on the ground floor of the World Trade
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For the Love of Horses, From Girlhood to Old Age
It was just like the first time I fell in love, only I was forty-one instead of seven. Three instances rekindled that powerful equine love, all of them prosaic: I was on a treadmill at my gym, and the TV was on, soundless and closed captioned. A move
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Belonging is Not a Language You Can Learn
I drove to the University of Texas today with a fresh notebook and that first-day-of-school smile tugging at my lips. I’ve always been a nerd like that. I just turned 38, but I wasn’t on campus to begin a graduate program, or teach a class. I was the
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On the Love Hotels and Pleasure Quarters of Tokyo
Tokyo is a city of darkness, a city of light. Each melts into the other. At its center, the city of light blacks out, and at bridges and crossroads, at the margins around train stations, the city of darkness shines, gleaming. In that other city are l
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Plunging Into the 1970s’ Altered States of Awareness
Remember Pizzagate, the insane 2016 conspiracy theory claiming that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman John Podesta were involved with a child sex-trafficking ring being run out of the basement of Comet Ping Pong, a Washington DC, pizza joint?
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The Real Heroes: On HIV/AIDS Activists in 1980s Chicago
During the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s, my mother Deborah Steinkopf was a nonprofit leader in Chicago, spending her days advocating for those living with the illness and her spare time attending many of their funerals. While
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Feuds, Flings, and High School Sports After Title IX
For the returning members of the Niles West girls’ basketball team, the fall of 1976 was brimming with possibilities. The rest of womankind, however, still had a way to go. The Supreme Court had just ruled 6–3 in favor of General Electric that it was
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How, Exactly, Did We Come Up with What Counts As ‘Normal’?
Where did normal come from, and why does it have the power it does in our lives, in our institutions, in our world? How did it become like air—invisible, essential, all around us? As Ian Hacking was the first to point out, look up normal in any Engli
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Tomáš Sedláček: Scratch a Libertarian, Find a Totalitarian
In this episode of Keen On, Andrew talks to Tomáš Sedláček, author of Economics of Good and Evil and one of Europe’s most distinguished economists, about the reinvention of democracy in our digital age. From the episode: Andrew Keen: Tomas, I’m inter
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Fourteen-Year-Old Marley Dias, Tireless Promoter of Diversity in Literature
Two minutes into a conversation with Marley Dias, it’s easy to see why her star has risen so fast. In the last few years, she’s appeared on CBS This Morning, The View, and has spoken at the United State of Women Summit, a stage that has also featured
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Lyz Lenz on Deserving to Be Heard
This week on The Maris Review, Lyz Lenz joins Maris Kreizman to discuss her new book Godland. On accepting who she is: Maris Kreizman: You grew up in a church that you make very clear in the book is a patriarchal religion. There isn’t a lot of room f
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Brenda Wineapple on What We Can Learn from the First Impeachment
In this episode of Just the Right Book with Roxanne Coady, Brenda Wineapple joins Roxanne Coady to discuss her latest book The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a New Nation. From the episode: Brenda Wineapple: Andrew Johnson’s
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The Very First Books Published by Some of Your Favorite Publishing Houses
One of the most interesting things about book publishing, as an industry, is the way imprints and publishing houses develop over time—shifting focus to keep up with public interest, taking on personalities along with personnel, changing hands ad naus
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Where Have All the Pirates Gone?
With regard to profitability, the indications are that maritime trade is booming; with more ships plying the seas than ever before, surely that must mean the existence of tempting targets. The presence of cash in the ships’ safes combined with sea li
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Thank God for the Sex I Found in My Mother’s Romance Novels
My mom handed me the book without instructions. She was a children’s librarian, and was always handing me books. This one was different only in that I had seen her with it before—curled up on the sofa, with a cup of coffee and a piece of toast. This
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Madhuri Vijay On The Outsider’s Perspective Of The Kashmir Conflict
Continuing with this month’s theme of Chronic Illness and Mental Health, Reading Women Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett along with special guest, Madhuri Vijay discuss Vijay’s debut novel, The Far Field.  From the episode: Madhuri Vijay: The Far
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The French Village That Saved Hundreds Fleeing Nazi Persecution
It is the spring of 1943. In the photograph, Daniel is seated outside. Behind him, the limbs and leaves of trees are outlined in mottled black and white. His face is turned three‑quarters away from the camera, his dark hair swept back. Daniel is dres
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Juliet Escoria on Writing a Memoir With No Redemptive Lesson at the End
Juliet Escoria is the guest. Her debut novel, Juliet the Maniac, is available from Melville House. It was the official May pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club. This is Juliet’s second time on the program. She first appeared in Episode 273 on Apri
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6 Books by Texan Writers You Need to Read
I left Texas 15 years ago, but I can’t seem to shut up about it. My family goes back six generations—I was born in Lubbock and raised near Dallas; my mom and dad are from tiny, neighboring panhandle towns: Quitaque (pronounced kitty-kway) and Turkey,
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The Quiet Renaissance of India’s Community Cookbooks
My mum is a kitchen conjurer. You never know what will spill out of her kitchen on any given day. Today it might be coconut-spiked green gram, Maharashtrian Saraswat style. Tomorrow it might be shrimp and pumpkin relish, cooked Bengali style. The day
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The Theranos Effect: When Cutting-Edge Scientists Are Frauds
On August 5th, 2014, the Japanese biologist Yoshiki Sasai hanged himself in the offices of the Riken Institute’s Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, a research center for which he served as associate director. While the content of several lette
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Sister Helen Prejean: My Faith Began With a Fear of Leaving Home
It’s a very ancient rite of passage I’m now performing, leaving home and everything familiar to be initiated into a new way of life, much like the young boys in ancient times who were taken from their mothers and put through frightening, painful orde
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Roy Jacobsen On The Backbone Of Nordic Literature: The Sagas Of Iceland
A couple of years ago Iceland was chosen as ”Schwerpunkt” at Frankfurt Book Fair, where a new German translation of The Icelandic Saga was to be presented. In that connection, two colleagues and I were each asked to make a slogan—a caption to put on
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A Literature of Belonging: Stories of Real America
Words matter. When the president tweeted in July that four US citizens who are women of color and members of Congress should “go back” to the countries “from which they came,” he invoked a history of anti-immigrant propaganda that has been used throu
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Hai-Dang Phan on Poetic Distance and Reenacting the Past
For this installment in our interview series with contemporary poets, Peter Mishler corresponded with Hai-Dang Phan. Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Po
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Lit Hub Asks: 5 Writers, 7 Questions, No Wrong Answers
The Lit Hub Author Questionnaire is a monthly interview featuring seven questions for five authors with new books. This month we talk to: * Sarah M. Broom (The Yellow House) James Gregor (Going Dutch) Kimberly King Parsons (Black Light) Peter Orner (
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