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Black Lives Matter
Special Issue: The Water Crisis
Books and Ideas
July 27, 2015
A Traitor Who Writes
Chinese novelist Yan Lianke on censorship and the dream of getting published without writing drivel.
July 23, 2015
Farewell to Citizen Doctorow
The novelist’s many essays in
demonstrate his glittering style, eloquence, and firm moral vision.
July 21, 2015
July 21, 1899: Ernest Hemingway is Born
“No American writer since Walt Whitman has assumed such risks in forging a style.”
July 19, 2015
July 19, 1898: Emile Zola Flees France After Being Convicted of Libel in the Dreyfus Affair
“The whole force of will and ferocity of temperament of the man imbedded itself upon the page.”
July 16, 2015
Letters From the August 3-10, 2015 Issue
Ready or not, here she comes?; the matter with Kansas; resurrecting Berryman; signifying nothing…
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July 16, 2015
July 16, 1951: J.D. Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ Is Published
“Why has this unpretentious, mildly affecting chronicle of a few days in the life of a disturbed adolescent been read with enthusiasm?”
July 15, 2015
July 15, 1919: Iris Murdoch Is Born
“She is a sophisticated philosopher, and it is her evident aim to put us back in intimate touch with our own being.”
July 2, 2015
The Passivity Project
In Rachel Cusk’s fiction, the self is suppressed to the point of destruction.
June 30, 2015
June 30, 1936: Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone with the Wind’ Is Published
"Margaret Mitchell gives us our Civil War through Southern eyes exclusively, and no tolerant philosophy illumines the crimes of the invaders."
June 23, 2015
Blackness as Being, Whiteness as Nothingness
Nell Painter and Herman Melville on American racism as existentialism.