Posts Tagged: Doris Lessing

Here’s Your Beginning: A Conversation with Lynn Freed

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Lynn Freed discussions her recent essay collection, The Romance of Elsewhere, the importance of a good first sentence, and the risks involved in writing irony.

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Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #2: Line My Eyes and Call Me Pretty?

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Every one of these gorgeously written books will explode your brain and the stories will transport you, even as they grapple with binaries, traditional roles, narrow expectations, breaking free, who we are…. and who we long to be. Sex, gender, identity, sexuality…as much as anything, this reading list is about being human. Enjoy.

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Like Peeping Over the Edge of the World

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“It’s like peeping over the edge of the world while remembering you’ve left your spectacles on the kitchen table,” she writes of her cruelly paradoxical situation: knowing that death is on its way without knowing when exactly it will arrive. Jenny Diski has inoperable lung cancer—and the prolific British essayist has chosen to write through […]

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The Partisan Review, Digitized

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The Partisan Review, printed from 1934 to 2004, marked 69 years of cultural history in the US, with notable contributors such as Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett, Allen Ginsberg, Franz Kafka, Doris Lessing, George Orwell, Marge Piercy, Jean-Paul Sartre, Roger Shattuck, Susan Sontag, William Styron, Lionel Trilling, and Robert Penn Warren. Its whole archive […]

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The Doris Lessing Movie Adaptation No One Talks About

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Amanda Shubert, who recently interviewed Ronee Blakley for the Rumpus, has a thought-provoking piece up about Adore, the film adaptation of Doris Lessing’s novella “The Grandmothers.” It’s a challenging story in either format, dealing as it does with “women who sleep with one another’s teenage sons,” but Shubert argues that the movie is the superior version. […]

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RIP Doris Lessing

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Nobel Prize–winning author Doris Lessing passed away in her London home at the age of 94. The 11th woman to ever win the Nobel, Lessing broke ground with both the form and the content of books like The Golden Notebook, Children of Violence, and The Good Terrorist. Her New York Times obituary calls her “uninhibited and outspoken” (and “cavalier […]

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