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Gimme Welter

From All Things Are Too Small, which will be published next month by Metropolitan Books. “All things / are too small,” begins a poem believed to be written by the thirteenth-century Dutch…

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Our Pierre

From Trondheim, which was published last month by Bellevue Literary Press. On the day their son was going to die, Lil had given herself the task of carrying forty-plus sacks…

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Literary Failure

There used to be the notion that Keats was killed by a bad review, that in despair and hopelessness he turned his back to the wall and gave up the…

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Living Animals

We shall not understand what a book is, and why a book has the value many persons have, and is even less replaceable than a person, if we forget how…

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New Books

The year 2017 was, I presume, an awkward, anxious moment to be named poet laureate of the United States. What the writer owes the collective and where she fits within…

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New Books

My first and still most vivid memory of a Woody Allen movie is of the scene in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)…

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War No More

The surprising legacy of a ninety-year-old peace pact

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New Books

When you consider the savagery of your run-of-the-mill fairy tale, our use of the term to connote “romance” or “idealization” smacks of nothing more than romance and idealization — a…

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New Books

When last we heard from Isabel Archer, she was on her way from London back to Rome, where her husband, the cruel, cosmopolitan aesthete Gilbert Osmond, was waiting. That’s how…

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