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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Tell me how the story ends
The mystery of a writer’s métier
When does imagination become appropriation?
From A Primer for Forgetting, out this month from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. anti-mnemonicsUmberto Eco writes that “once, as a joke, some friends and I invented advertisements for university positions…
A writer alone with the work
What the hidden relationships of ancient folktales reveal about their evolution—and our own
Though I have been hearing (or rather reading) it a lot lately in many venues, it was a little odd — even a bit unsettling — to read it in the New…
From previously unpublished excerpts of a 1978 interview with Susan Sontag by Jonathan Cott. An edited version of the interview appeared in the October 4, 1979, issue of Rolling Stone.…
A romance of César Aira