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Climate Crisis Reading: Five Books to Check Out in July
Reading on the beach isn’t what it used to be—and not just because we’re in the midst of a global pandemic. These days, every time I spread a blanket on the sand I can’t help but think about how much of the shoreline will be lost due to rising seas a
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Jasmine Guillory on Black Women in Contemporary Romance Novels
This week on Reading Women, Kendra talks to Jasmine Guillory about her book Party for Two, which is out now from Berkeley. From the episode: Kendra: When was the first time that you saw yourself as a Black woman in a romance novel, and what was that
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Tear Them Down: Siri Hustvedt on Old Statues, Bad Science, and Ideas That Just Won’t Die
Monuments often lie. Political elites erect them in the name of one sanctioned collective narrative or another, and they come down by violence or by decree as historical winds shift. In 1776 American patriots toppled an equestrian statue of King Geor
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“The North”
Where should we find consolation, dwelling in the north? Amid the stunted desperate plant life clinging to its edges, thriving on atmospheric vengeance or neglect? Of two moods, fragile and invasive, it gazes out to sea as its character bends inland.
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‘Have You Considered Socialism?’ Or, The Politics of Fictional Characters
I started the oldest story in my new book almost eight years ago, during the summer of 2012. I remember sitting on the curb in front of a car repair shop in Missoula, Montana in the blazing heat, writing what became “Cool for America” in my notebook
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Why Does The Richest Country In The World Rely On Volunteers For Emergency Healthcare?
“I’m the smoker.” Brody, an elderly gentleman who answered the door, spoke matter-of-factly. I had been surprised to find the air in the apartment so oppressive; I was wearing an N95 mask, eye goggles, and face shield, in addition to my EMT turnout g
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I Wrote My Memoir for the Same Reasons I Went to the Shooting Range
This is before, so I’m double-washing only because I’m about to head into the range where Manny, the ex-SWAT, ex-Navy firearms instructor my friend and I have hired, will have his hands around mine. We’ve been learning on decoys for two hours, and no
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In Lieu of the Olympics: A Reading List For Your Sports Fix
With the Olympics postponed, you might be missing your sports fix. In case you need a taste of the thrill of victory and agony of defeat, I’ve compiled a collection of sports books to read this summer while we wait for news about the Tokyo Games. Ins
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Two Poems by Joanna Klink
On Kingdoms Who is ever at home in oneself. Land without mercy. Interstates set flickering by night. When I speak to you I can feel a storm falling blackly to the roads, the pelting rains the instant they hit. Devotion is full of arrows. Most weeks I
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Behind the Republican Judge-Picking Machine
Most drummers aren’t allowed to name the band after themselves. Then again, Jay Sekulow isn’t most drummers. What distinguishes the leader of the Jay Sekulow Band (or “JSB” to superfans) isn’t his musical pedigree. While the group’s guitarist and sin
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For Florida, Wartime Has Always Been Boomtime
Mile 87, US Highway 98 HACKLES UP IN FORTRESS FLORIDA We’re currently stalled in a neck of the woods known as Fortress Florida. Here be the greatest concentration of military installations in a state that historically has been dependent upon them. Fo
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Writing My Own “Indian-American Novel” Meant Looking to California
I didn’t think I would be 48 when I published my first novel. And yet, here I am. I realize now that I needed the time—and the starts and stops and starts—to figure out just what it means to write in the space between India and America. In 1993, I ha
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What We Remember When We Feast Beside a Plundered Sea
When viewed over the distance of time, our ability to harvest the sea has grown in a steady arc of improvement. But in the day-to-day experience, this occurred in fits and starts, by accident and necessity in equal measure. The New England lobsterman
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On Saul Bellow’s Celebration of the Messy and Manic
After flunking out of college in the 90s, I spent years taking whatever jobs would pay rent, or when I was sleeping on a borrowed couch, pay for a little food and something to pitch in toward an electric bill. For a short time I ran a blender at a co
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Letter from Tucson: From Plagues to Protest to Wildfires
I’m afraid of lightning. Unreasonably so. During monsoon season here in Tucson, my anxiety builds in July, in August, when the height of the storms hit the desert. I’ve learned to watch the skies and time my movement outdoors. I’ll stay in the car if
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On Family Secrets and How We Deliver Bad News
Here’s the story my mother told me: That Florence was a champion swimmer. That she drowned, off the shoreline of Atlantic City, training to swim the English Channel. That Florence’s sister, Ruth, was on bedrest after losing a baby the previous year.
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Meredith Talusan on Finding the Space to Tell Her Story
Meredith Talusan is the guest. Her book, Fairest, is available from Viking. From the episode: Meredith Talusan: I feel like that sense of mission has evolved over time. I came of age writing opinion pieces and doing journalism on the Internet, and my
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Parul Sehgal on Stealing Forbidden Books From Her Mother’s Library
In this week’s episode of A Phone Call From Paul, Parul Sehgal takes the call from Paul Holdengraber to discuss her love for reading and how she approaches book reviews. From the episode: Parul Sehgal: I grew up moving a lot. Every few years, we woul
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Eight Books You Should Read in July
Carlos Fonseca trans. by Megan McDowell, Natural History (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) For readers interested in climate change and the natural world—but who prefer books a little less on the nose—Carlo Fonseca’s Natural History (translated by Megan McDo
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Rural Stories That Get it Right: A Reading List
Living out in the country has a rawness to it, but rural people don’t know it any other way. As Thomas Hardy wrote in Tess of the d’Urbervilles, the milk from the country dairies was too strong for city people and had to be watered down. As someone w
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Claire G. Coleman on What Dorothy Porter’s Writing Means to Her
The following poem was written in response to Dorothy Porter’s 1994 novel-in-verse, The Monkey’s Mask, as part of a Melbourne City of Literature series. * Dorothy’s Mask I. Words can be incandescent You taught me Heat, light and heat I let them warm
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Lynn Steger Strong Wants You to Look Harder
Lynn Steger Strong greets me in a voice thickened by emotion, exertion, and a protective mask. It’s a beautiful day in May and she just ran across the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time in months. She’d been sheltering at a friend’s place in Jersey s
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The Wise Absurdism of Louise Erdich
In 1970, I founded one of the first college courses in Native American Literature. I knew nothing about it, trained in the mainstream white male literary canon of the day, but I heard the drums: The drums of the Native activist takeover of Alcatraz I
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The Isolation of Being Deaf in Prison
As told to Christie Thompson When I was in state prison in Georgia in 2013, I heard about a class called Motivation for Change. I think it had to do with changing your mindset. I’m not actually sure, though, because I was never able to take it. On th
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Even Seamus Heaney Made Mistakes
On a summer’s evening in 2010, Seamus Heaney read his poems to a large and admiring crowd at St. Oswald’s Church in the center of Grasmere Village in the eastern part of the Lake District. The church stood not far from the cottage where, a little mor
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In Early Modern Europe, Reading and Writing Meant Getting Your Hands Dirty
The path from cogitation to publication has never been as smooth as it is nowadays, technically speaking at least. A scholar reads documents and articles on screen, takes notes in Zotero, writes in Scrivener, and finally sends a file to a journal or
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From the Start, Maxine Waters Wasn’t Playing Games
As a freshman member of Congress in 1991, the same year that she joined the Financial Services Committee, Maxine Waters was also on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. No sooner had Waters arrived in Washington than she once again had a Goliath that she
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On Louise Erdich, and Salvaging Wisdom From Absurdity and Injustice
In 1970, I founded one of the first college courses in Native American Literature. I knew nothing about it, trained in the mainstream white male literary canon of the day, but I heard the drums: The drums of the Native activist takeover of Alcatraz I
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Mehrsa Baradaran: Who’s Actually Independent in 2020?
The coronavirus pandemic is dramatically disrupting not only our daily lives but society itself. This show features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the deeper economic, political, and technological consequenc
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Mona Eltahawy On How Patriarchal Oppression Permeates Society
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic. For Mona Eltahawy, one of the bi
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