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Our Sweet Land of the ‘Indigenous American Berserk’
"What does it mean to be an 'American'?" Philip Roth had an idea -- one that runs through all our literature.
Miden Voyage: A #MeToo Charge in a Fictional Utopia
In Veronica Raimo’s novel "The Girl at the Door," there's a fine line between admiring a culture and alienation from it.
‘Stranger’ Days: Remembering the Penelope Ashe Hoax
How 24 newspaper writers teamed up 50 years ago to create the sex-soaked novel "Naked Came the Stranger."
It’s Good to Be Alive
How a US military intelligence officer survived catastrophic injury and found a path to Hollywood.
‘The Old Gray Homestead’: Centenary of a Forgotten First Novel
Frances Parkinson Keyes is little remembered these days; she may have been the Joyce Carol Oates of her time.
Offred Won’t Save You: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Was Never About That
Viewers and critics want Offred to be a freedom fighter, serving neither the character nor the plot.
Bildungsroman, Baby! Lisa Locascio’s Debut Novel, ‘Open Me’
An erotic first novel about a young American abroad gradually grows more eloquent.
Fiction by Jake Tapper, Jonathan Ames Kills and Thrills
Protagonists of two new novels battle powerful underground organizations. The similarities end there.
Will Robots Replace Human Artists?
In this podcast, we speak with authors John Biggs and B.J. Mendelson on the future of social media and A.I.
How a Tenement House Transformed Into a Theater
A historical place came to life through the spoken word of immigrants who have achieved their artistic dreams in America.
On Broadway, ‘Harry Potter’ Finds Magic Is Father to the Son
Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany wave magic wands over a two-part Broadway spectacle.
South Korean Novelist Plays America (Nods to Camus and Homer)
Eventually, J.M. Lee may or may not write the Great South Korean Novel.
In “A Clockwork Orange,” Onstage Violence Turns Red Hot
Anthony Burgess' violent dystopia: is it here?
“The Sense of the Past”: Henry James’s Rickety WABAC Machine
The unfinished, posthumously published 1917 novel transports its hero back to 1820.
Playwright: “Can You Forgive Her?” Critic: “This Time.”
If this is vanity, it's unfair.
Victor Lodato Spins a New Jersey Gothic Tale
A prizewinning playwright turns to fiction with a dark side.
“Finding Babel”: Family Documentary Uncovers Soviet History
The mystery remains unresolved, but as the film ends, we are invited into the search.
Trump’s Behavior, Elucidated by 10 Fictional Characters
These characters behave very badly. NOT good. SAD!
Paying Homage to Hope in the Era of Trump
Remember: those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
10 Resolutions to End This Effed-Up Year of Trump
Let's be honest and kill the orange elephant in the room.