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Brazil’s History Is Ahead of It, Not Behind
The following pieces first appeared in Portuguese, in the Brazilian newspaper O Globo. * For the first time in my life, I went away on vacation. I spent entire days admiring the world, without any thought to day-to-day concerns. It was incredible. Mo
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A Laid-Off Journalist Takes a Job in an Amazon Warehouse
It’s 6:45 am, and I groan—actually groan out loud—as I log in to my scanner and find myself assigned to the fourth floor. Again. Nobody likes the fourth floor. Sometimes, when pickers log in and draw an assignment on four, they’ll log out and back in
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How Space Technology is Revolutionizing Archaeology
The human story—the story of us—is evolving at breakneck speed thanks to new technologies. Armed with new data sets, we can spin fresh tales that bring us closer to getting more right than wrong about our ancestors and ourselves. What we can find wit
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Kevin Alexander on the Funny, Unflinching, Cooking Memoirs You Need to Read
When Anthony Bourdain published his seminal cooking life memoir, Kitchen Confidential, in May of 2000, the cliche that chefs tell incredible stories but write incredibly boring books went down the drain. Since Bourdain, there have been an upsurge in
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How Extreme Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Entered American Life
Asma T. Uddin, a fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations and author of When Islam Is Not a Religion, has spent her career advocating for religious liberty. She spoke with comedian Zahra Noorbaksh, host of the hit podcast #GoodMus
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When Bad Presidents Misbehave Do They Always Get Away With It?
The closest student of public administration before the Civil War points to the presidency of James Buchanan as the nadir of antebellum public ethics. All of the trends of corruption at the lower ranks of the government seemed to culminate in three y
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Michael Cunningham on the Novel That Would Become Mrs Dalloway
I wish I could say it was coincidence that, in 1991, I published a novel called The Hours, which arose out of an imagined day in the life of Virginia Woolf in the early 1920s, when she realized she was writing a novel to be titled Mrs. Dalloway and n
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Why a 1980s Novel of Dystopian Patriarchy Still Speaks to Women Today
For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more t
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A Chef Traces the Start of Her Career to Her Mother’s Childhood
A long time ago, as I sat on the top stair to our barn attic and marveled at all the restaurant furniture covered in years of dust, I saw everything I needed to see to know exactly what it was like. At Jenny’s, I learned how to make pierogi through o
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John Waters on Taking LSD at 70, Clarence Thomas, and Reading Bad Reviews
The legendary filmmaker, author, and speaker John Waters is a font of wisdom both profound and profane. In Mr. Know-It-All, an essay collection that recalls his film career and his adventures past and present, he dispenses prescriptive advice in a wa
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An Object Lesson in Naming Novels: Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, The Sea
First, there’s the obvious: the incantatory effect of the repetition, the rush of sibilance, the plain punch of those four syllables. It just sounds good, and any great title should sound good. It is alluring, an obvious spell (ah, the famous “buy th
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Why Report on Desire? Saskia Vogel on Reading Lisa Taddeo
The idea that we each have a hidden interior that holds the truth of our being is one of the most enduring ideas in Western culture, writes the Swedish author and historian of ideas Carl-Michael Edenborg in The Parapornographic Manifesto. In Swedish
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Lit Hub Recommends: Midsommar, Carmen Maria Machado, and Shirley Jackson
Heat makes me less inclined to stick with books that don’t immediately grab me (wait, I think I just figured out what a beach read is), so I have started a lot of books this month, and also cast them aside like a woman in a painting, sweating on a di
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Small Acts: Finding Friendship with My Online Spanish Teacher
Like many artists I know, I spent a good deal of the post-2016 US election trying to counteract Donald Trump’s bigotry, racism, and general misanthropy in empowering ways. Writing letters, making phone calls, donating money to everyone and anyone who
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To Tell the Story of a Brother I Will Never Know
In one of the few stories I have about my oldest brother, Jody, he lies across my parents’ bed, perhaps five years old, his pants pulled down for a diaper change. My mother silently undoes the safety pins and tugs down the soiled rectangle of cloth,
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Mary Beth Keane on Realizing She Was Writing a Book
“This book is really about how you deal with childhood trauma after a tragic incident…many, many years after that trauma is supposedly over.” Mary Beth Keane shares how she developed the story in Ask Again, Yes, the inspiration from her own life, and
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On the Brides of Jamestown: Old World Puritanism Weaponized for the New World
Aside from their Virgin Queen, women who remained obstinately single and celibate throughout their lives in 16th- and 17th-century England faced a peculiar fate not shared by their married sisters. After death it was their lot to lead apes in hell, a
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I Found My American Dream at the Public Library
In his op-ed for Forbes last year, Panos Mourdoukoutas, a professor of economics at LIU Post in New York, suggested that Amazon stores should replace libraries to save taxpayers money. Following the backlash this preposterous suggestion created, Forb
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Dear Internet: The Little Mermaid Also Happens to Be Queer Allegory
In 1836, when Hans Christian Andersen began composing “The Little Mermaid,” one of his soon-to-be-best-known fairytales, he found himself in a deep funk. For over a year, he had been trying—perhaps even obsessing—to win the attentions of a winsome Da
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How America Came Heartbreakingly Close to Universal Healthcare
As was recently, and perhaps shockingly, reported, life expectancy gains in the US, which plateaued in 2012, have declined for the past two years. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reported that the new average life expectancy for Ameri
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Daido Moriyama, Legendary Street Photographer, on How to Take a Snapshot
“What’s the key advice you give to any beginner in snapshot photography?” This is the first question I ask Daido Moriyama when we meet to discuss how he takes photographs. Patiently (because he must have been asked this hundreds, if not thousands of
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Finding Small Comfort in the Panic of Shirley Jackson
I didn’t know I had panic disorder until I was twenty, didn’t know such a thing as a panic attack existed; I’d never heard the term. Once I found out, I spent the next several years trying to hide my panic disorder, embarrassed. Until I started my MF
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How General Hospital Inspired My New Novel
When I was twelve years old, my older brother went to a summer program and came home with a new habit, General Hospital. He watched it because the cute girls did, and I watched it because my older brother did. He gave up the show after a few weeks, b
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Elliot Ackerman And Anuradha Bhagwati On The Role Of The Military In American Politics
In this episode of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, novelist Elliot Ackerman and memoirist Anuradha Bhagwati talk about how the military has—and hasn’t—changed during Donald Trump’s time as Commander in Chief. They also discuss their own experiences
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‘Something Evil Is Out There’ A Poem by Charles Simic
Something Evil Is Out There That’s what the leaves are telling us tonight. Hear them panic and then fall silent, And though we strain our ears we hear nothing— Which is even more terrifying than something. Minutes seem to pass or whole lifetimes, Whi
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The War on the Poor is Only Getting Worse
Vera Cheeks, a resident of Bainbridge, Georgia, was ticketed for rolling through a stop sign. The judge hit her with a $135 fine and ordered her to pay in full immediately. She told him she was unemployed and caring for her terminally ill father and
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Julia Phillips on Life in a Remote Post-Soviet Russian Town
This week on The Maris Review, Julia Phillips joins Maris to discuss her debut novel Disappearing Earth. * On choosing the novel’s setting Julia Phillips: I thought if I could find a microcosm within the largest country in the world, that would be id
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Arundhati Roy: Stories ‘Must Not Lose Their Wilderness’
Arundhati Roy, whose books include the Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things along with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and My Seditious Heart, spoke with writer Siddhartha Deb in May at Harlem’s Apollo Theater as part of PEN America’s World
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On Hunger, Women’s Bodies, and Margaret Atwood’s First Novel
The Edible Woman was Margaret Atwood’s first novel, published 50 years ago in 1969 and recently optioned for television. It was the first Margaret Atwood novel I picked up after reading The Handmaid’s Tale at school. I didn’t read it until my early t
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Reading Women On The Literature Of India’s Partition
Kendra Winchester and Sumaiyya Naseem introduce this month’s Reading Women theme, the partition of India, with special guest Veera Hiranandani. From the episode: Sumaiyya Naseem: In 1947 India achieved independence from a 200-year-old British rule an
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