Our lives may seem to be lived on the small scale of the everyday but, because we are mortal, because ultimately everything is at stake, also play out against something universal and important. ...more
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“It was like wandering through my own labyrinth.”
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Avni Vyas discusses her debut poetry collection, LITTLE GOD.
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J. Nicole Jones discusses her debut memoir, LOW COUNTRY.
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Roberto Lovato discusses his new memoir, UNFORGETTING.
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Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello discusses her debut poetry collection, HOUR OF THE OX.
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Mary-Kim Arnold discusses her new poetry collection, THE FISH & THE DOVE.
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What a strange depiction. Mary, mother of Jesus, covered in hair. ...more
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Ian Morris discusses his new novel, SIMPLE MACHINES.
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“Categories are, by definition, externally created and applied.”
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“I think if you are really doing the work, you can’t write about America and not explore race and slavery, and that goes for any writer.”
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Sequoia Nagamatsu discusses his debut collection
Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone, grief as a character, and the intersection of ancient myth and the modern world. ...more
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I met Deborah Kampmeier at a workshop in November. We were two weeks post-election; the room was raw with emotion, and electric with conversations about resistance. This tall, badass woman dressed in all black sauntered into the room, and chose a seat at the table. When she read, my solar plexus exploded, and I couldn’t stop […]
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Micah Perks talks about her new novel,
What Becomes Us, America’s cultural and mythical heritage, and why every novel is a political novel. ...more
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If you recall your Greek mythology, you’ll remember Cassandra, princess of Troy, priestess of Apollo, seer of prophecies, and patron saint of women everywhere screaming themselves blue but never being heard. Cassandra’s prophecies unfailingly proved to be true, but still she was seen as insane by her family and the Trojan people and, in some […]
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André Alexis discusses his latest book
The Hidden Keys, puzzles, chance, divinity, and the Toronto literary community. ...more
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Halloween comes early with Jezebel’s annual Spooky Story Contest, where readers leave their terrifying tales in the comments (they can also be emailed to
[email protected]). Other than that, the rules are are as follows: 1) The story must be true, and 2) The story must be scary. Fans of Creepypasta, Channel Zero, and all manner […] ...more
Experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats discusses Buckminster Fuller, three-wheeled cars, domed cities, climate change, and cameras with a 100-year exposure time.
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Writer and historian Minsoo Kang talks about his new translation of
The Story of Hong Gildong, a touchstone novel of Korea written in the 19th century. ...more
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