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Sophie Pinkham – Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine

If you’ve ever had any interest in Ukraine, than look no further than Sophie Pinkham’s recent debut, Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine (W.W. Norton & Company). This book is no mere accounting of current events.  It is a beautifully rendered illustration of life in modern Ukraine that intertwines historical and cultural facts through the

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January 9, 2017

Jerome Charyn – A Loaded Gun

In his latest book, A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century (Bellevue Literary Press), Jerome Charyn dispenses quickly with the image of a virginal, reclusive “Belle of Amherst” in favor of a more seductive and subversive Emily Dickinson, “fierce–and cruel,” who wielded language as a tool, plaything, and weapon. In the pursuit of

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March 28, 2016

“This alertness is what drew me to them.” A conversation with Kate Bolick

Kate Bolick’s SPINSTER: Making a Life of One’s Own (Crown Publishing Group) is a book about women who have challenged the categories they find themselves shunted into—wife, mother, daughter, old maid—and about Bolick’s own attempts to understand the categories bound up in the experience of womanhood, and to question their relevance to her life. SPINSTER

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June 22, 2015

“Much of the story existed in the contrast.” In conversation with Kerry Howley

My theory about octagons is this: There is really only one octagon, and that one flickers in and out of existence over space and time, such that the very same octagon is summoned to consciousness over and over again. The fighters all know they have something to summon; why else the little bow at the

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January 5, 2015

“I saw myself as writing for a certain kind of optimism”: In Converstion With Eula Biss

Eula Biss, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Notes from No Man’s Land, turns her focus to a cultural and personal examination of vaccination for her latest book, On Immunity: An Inoculation (Graywolf Press). Biss took the time to share her thoughts with Late Night Interview about the writing process, the complex politics and

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September 29, 2014

“The end times, they could be good times”: In conversation with Sean Wilsey

I softly sailed up and over to one of G-Force One‘s two windows, in the emergency exits.  Direction doesn’t matter when you’re weightless.  Up and down are no longer markers.  I suddenly understood how in space there is only everywhere.  And this revelation was accompanied by the fleeting physical knowledge of what it was to

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August 11, 2014

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