It is only by holding Whitman accountable for all of his language that we can also love other parts of his language and poetics. ...more
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Beth Gilstrap discusses her new story collection, DEADHEADING.
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A.A. Balaskovits discusses her new story collection, STRANGE FOLK YOU’LL NEVER MEET.
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Jan Beatty discusses her new memoir, AMERICAN BASTARD.
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Jo Lloyd discusses her debut story collection, SOMETHING WONDERFUL.
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Andrea Actis discusses her debut book, GREY ALL OVER.
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Melissa Scholes Young discusses her new novel, THE HIVE.
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Nothing is not right. There is no indication there has ever been a house. ...more
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Kikuko Tsumura discusses her newly translated novel, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS AN EASY JOB.
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Lauren Hough discusses her debut essay collection, LEAVING ISN’T THE HARDEST THING.
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Dantiel W. Moniz discusses her debut story collection, MILK BLOOD HEAT.
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Sarah Smarsh discusses her new book, SHE COME BY IT NATURAL.
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Noé Álvarez discusses his debut memoir, SPIRIT RUN.
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Leah Hampton discusses her debut collection, F*CKFACE AND OTHER STORIES.
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“Hopefully, the takeaway is the journey.”
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Girlhood remains, like the land, a constant site of male fascination, desire, and violence. ...more
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Jason Allen discusses his debut novel, THE EAST END.
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If you ask me why I did it, I can’t give you a proper answer. I was hungry and didn’t have much money, but it wasn’t like I was homeless or went to sleep starving. ...more
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He only knew that the Blazer, like the green card, was something he wanted my brother and me to have, so that we knew we deserved things, things like America. ...more
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[A]ll over town, pits in the ground stayed pits in the ground. Those cavities were my consolation. For the moment, we were all in the hole. ...more
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Ferrante’s novels about women like Lila and Lenu are a potent reminder that working-class women’s perspectives are out there, even if we can’t always hear each other, even if we’re sometimes embarrassed and alone, even if we feel exasperated by a system that valorizes experiences and credentials that we can never claim. At VIDA, Valeria […]
A “novel without words” captures the turmoil of the working class: public housing, alcoholism, youth violence, adult bitterness, boredom, crime, and drugs.