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The ecstatic cult of Nicolas Cage

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The Mosaicist

On Evan S. Connell

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Ad Nauseam

Hanya Yanagihara and the pandemic novel

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Forbidding Planet

George R. Stewart’s novels of natural disaster

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I Multiplied Myself

The forty-seven lives of Fernando Pessoa

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Status Anxiety

Has Jonathan Franzen found the key?

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Deeds of Derring-Do

Jon McGregor’s Antarctic experiment

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Boston Gothic

Atticus Lish’s novel of illness, masculinity, and murder

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Writ in Water

On Roger Deakin’s indelible swims

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Seven Steps to Heaven

Jon Fosse makes the novel new

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Ghosts of Borodino

A poet’s battle against Russian nationalism

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Rosner’s Requiem

On a forgotten genius of American music

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The Still Center of Destruction

On the secret of Faulkner's literary form

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Tongues of Fire

The history of the black church

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