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Dawn Powell’s Masterful Gossip: Why Won't It Sell?

Culture Desk: Entertainment News, TV, Music, Art, and Theatre Reviews

Tim Page, the novelist Dawn Powell’s biographer and the owner of the forty-three handwritten volumes of her diaries, was anticipating a feeding frenzy …

1948. Norman Mailer.

1948. Norman Mailer.

How Mary McCarthy's short story in a 1944 issue of The New Yorker ruined her marriage: http://nyr.kr/KOVhZh

Mary McCarthy, Edmund Wilson, and the Short Story That Ruined a Marriage

This year marks the hundredth birthday of both Mary McCarthy and John Cheever, two celebrated New Yorker writers. Mary McCarthy’s fiction first appeared …

Jon Lee Anderson remembers Maxine Kumin, one of his first mentors: “She encouraged me to learn how to type properly, and she recommended that I try and get an Olivetti Lettera 32. ... It was as if Maxine Kumin had bestowed a sacred secret upon me.”

Mushroom Picking with Maxine

Jon Lee Anderson remembers Maxine Kumin, one of his first mentors: “She encouraged me to learn how to type properly, and she recommended that I try and get an Olivetti Lettera . It was as if Maxine Kumin had bestowed a sacred secret upon me.

theparisreview: “ Tolstoy’s 1889 novella The Kreutzer Sonata was a famously caustic attack on his wife, Sofiya. She struck back with “Whose Fault?”, a rebuttal in the form of a short story: “Like...

Like her husband, Sofiya Tolstoy criticized the sexual double standard, but she was far more sympathetic to women. >> er, meaning, not a misogynist like her husband.

Stéphane Hessel, whose pamphlet Indignez-Vous! sold 4.5m copies in 35 countries

Stéphane Hessel, writer and inspiration behind Occupy movement, dies at 95

Hessel, resistance fighter, diplomat, writer of Time for Outrage! and co-author of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, dies

D. T. Max on a love story that is the unexpected post-script to his book, "The Family That Couldn't Sleep"

A Prion Love Story

Not long ago, I got an e-mail that began this way: “I am writing to introduce myself and my wife and our quest to cure fatal familial insomnia.

A well-deserved Pulitzer for George Kennan’s biographer, John Lewis Gaddis: http://nyr.kr/HOTNRM

Explore the best John Lewis Gaddis quotes here at OpenQuotes. Quotations, aphorisms and citations by John Lewis Gaddis

Since 2010, Steve Roggenbuck, a twenty-six-year-old who lives in rural Maine, has been producing poetry that is made, distributed, and viewed almost exclusively on the Web. Kenneth Goldsmith calls the videos “meticulously crafted infomercials for poetry.”

If Walt Whitman Vlogged

If Walt Whitman Vlogged (article about a weird young poet, Steve Roggenbuck. favorite line, "We didn't crawl out of the ocean to punch the clock.

Foto: Christian Scholz

Foto: Christian Scholz

1992 Susan Sontag interview; makes me appreciate her even more.  Nails it! Did I mention I <3 SUSAN SONTAG? Genius is an understatment.

makes me appreciate her even more. Did I mention I SUSAN SONTAG? Genius is an understatment.

"The novels don’t let you get away with a narcissistic surface reading." Meghan O'Rourke on Renata Adler: http://nyr.kr/YeqmNz (Photograph by Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty.)

Welcome Back, Renata Adler

"The novels don’t let you get away with a narcissistic surface reading." Meghan O'Rourke on Renata Adler: http://nyr.kr/YeqmNz (Photograph by Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty.)

David Foster Wallace: La niña del pelo raro : Ignoria

In the David Foster Wallace Archives: An Unfinished Story About the Internet : The New Yorker

Martin Amis and Olga Slavnikova speak about the current state of #Russian #fiction and the task of #writing about suffering: http://nyr.kr/KVbXCA

Martin Amis in Conversation with Olga Slavnikova

Martin Amis and Olga Slavnikova speak about the current state of #Russian #fiction and the task of #writing about suffering: http://nyr.kr/KVbXCA

Jill Lepore on getting to know Benjamin Franklin’s sister Jane and coming across a photograph of her great-granddaughter

Hello Dolly: On Likeness

Benjamin Franklin’s was the best-known face of his time, but no one ever took his sister Jane's likeness.

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