Articles tagged with literature

John Crowley

A recent government report gave UFOs a rebrand, but so many basic questions remain unanswered.

Houman Barekat

Newly translated into English, Minae Mizumura’s An I-Novel is a vivid portrait of immigrant displacement and the ironies of our global cultural ecosystem.

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Vivian Gornick

Simone de Beauvoir’s relationship with her readers was a mutually demanding collaboration.

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Martin Gelin

Michel Houellebecq’s Islamophobia and chauvinism have made him a favorite intellectual of right extremists. So why does he appeal to so many on the left as well?

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The Florentine humanist’s description of the Black Death in the Decameron remains one of the most thoughtful accounts of a society living under a pandemic.

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Marta Figlerowicz

Garth Greenwell’s Cleanness movingly depicts the vulnerabilities of queer desire, but it also continues a long tradition of exoticizing Eastern European sexuality.

The Pruners Tale
Lytton Smith David Herd

An ancient pilgrimage route inspires a project of cooperative storytelling which pairs writers with detained immigrants, such as the Mexican horticulturalist in this story.

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John Crowley Elizabeth Hand

Celebrated novelists John Crowley and Elizabeth Hand discuss Hand’s new novel and the ways that historical fiction can and cannot answer our questions about the past.

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Joel Christensen

Many revere Latin as the soul of Western civilization. But its beauty should not keep us from reckoning with its history.

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Jonathan Beecher Field

When conservatives declare the death of the English major, they highlight the need for the critical thinking skills that English departments excel at teaching.