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Creation (Literary

“If Only I Could Begin Again!”

The mystery of a writer’s métier

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The Lives of Others

When does imagination become appropriation?

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Ars Oblivionalis

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…

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Whisperings

A writer alone with the work

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The Story of Storytelling

What the hidden relationships of ancient folktales reveal about their evolution—and our own

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Spare the Darling

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…

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Regarding the Fame of Others

From previously unpublished excerpts of a 1978 interview with Susan Sontag by Jonathan Cott.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.…

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Into the Unforeseen

A romance of César Aira

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