How does a fictional account come to stand in for history? ...more
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Poet Linda Bierds discusses her newest collection, THE HARDY TREE.
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It is March, almost April, and the year feels like a spool of days spliced out of order, leaping treacherously from sun to ice to sun to rain to snow. ...more
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[J]ust as bad nonfiction can be written to tell a lie, good fiction can be written to tell the truth. ...more
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Picture the French Surrealists recast as mobsters running a crime ring and you have the premise for Batterhill’s story.
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Sabina Murray discusses the novel
Valiant Gentleman, writing characters that are fundamentally different from herself, and confronting issues of colonization. ...more
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But still: A pattern. The trauma had been diluted by time. But, it was still present, still discernible, in my blood. ...more
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What’s interesting, of course, is how modern life could easily be seen in the opposite way—as an ever-expanding domain of individuality and self-expression. ...more
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[T]he questions pile up, never to be answered. ...more
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The memorial in Chelsea Old Church tactfully describes him as “a resident of this parish who renounced a cherished citizenship to give his allegiance to England in the first year of the Great War”—the “cherished” insisting from the grave that James had been a good American. The Paris Review marks the hundredth anniversary of Henry James’s […]
An unpublished Edith Wharton story was recently discovered at Yale University by Dr. Alice Kelly. It’s called “The Field of Honour” and is set during World War I: Wharton was very much engaged with the war, she worked for a time as a war reporter, and in her fiction she wanted to write about the […]
Over the holiday weekend, Linton Weeks wrote for NPR’s History Dept. on the critical role of librarians in World Wars I and II. Weeks spoke to Cara Bertram, an archivist for the American Library Association: The books that did make it into the hands of the troops, she says, boosted morale, provided connections to people […]
The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly forum for discussing the tradition and future of text/image work. Open to the public, it meets Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m. EST in New York City.
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World War I produced a number of important literary figures. Now, coming upon the war’s centennial, a new blog called A Century Back aims to present that era’s major literary events in real time. Read more about it at The Millions.
The hero of Tom McCarthy’s new novel moves through a broken world in which technology is both a wonder and a threat.