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Published: 2016-05-02T18:47:22+00:00


An Interview with Ross Posnock


"It is not in the role of an artist to worry about life – to feel responsible for creating a better world. This is a very serious distraction. All your conditioning has been directed toward intellectual living. This is...

Asleep, She is a Horizon: On Simone Weil


The truth about life is still obscure because we only read those vain and energetic enough to write. Even the secret diarists, your Pessoas and your Dickinsons, seem imbued with a kind of optimism about the truth of their pessimism,...

An Interview with Alison Kinney


Everyone, Alison Kinney says, wears hoods. It's the uniform of Zuckerberg and girls who visit their grandmothers in the woods, of basement bloggers and bad hair days, as familiar and cozy as a fairy tale -- but hoods are...

A Plea for Tenderness


My friend T. says who cares if something lasts forever or not? The point is, it was. Plus if it’s a book -- a website? -- then sometimes it still is. For example, I read Anna Karenina in 2000, a...

An Interview with Mary Rakow


Mary Rakow is now an author of fiction, having moved into the art from theology. She has a Masters from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from Boston College. This Is Why I Came is her second novel. In it,...

An Interview with Joni Murphy


Joni Murphy is my friend and fellow School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum, and we wrote our first books on the same block in Pilsen, taking respite at the same bar. But before that I knew Joni as...

Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldaña París, translated by Christina MacSweeney


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Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey


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An Interview with Anne Boyd Rioux


Earlier this year, two of Anne Boyd Rioux's projects came to fruition at the same time -- specifically on February 29 -- with the publications of Miss Grief and Other Stories by Constance Fenimore Woolson and Constance Fenimore Woolson:...

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert H Frank


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He Wants by Alison Moore


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The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson


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Into Hope


There is a moment in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, by Susanna Clarke, when the two magicians of the title attempt to gain the attention of the founder of English magic, the Raven King, thought lost to history. The moment...

The Cowboy Bible and Other Stories by Carlos Velázquez, translated by Achy Obejas


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