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Our Sweet Land of the ‘Indigenous American Berserk’

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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An erotic first novel about a young American abroad gradually grows more eloquent.

Fiction by Jake Tapper, Jonathan Ames Kills and Thrills

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Protagonists of two new novels battle powerful underground organizations. The similarities end there.

Will Robots Replace Human Artists?

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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

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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

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Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany wave magic wands over a two-part Broadway spectacle.

South Korean Novelist Plays America (Nods to Camus and Homer)

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Eventually, J.M. Lee may or may not write the Great South Korean Novel.

In “A Clockwork Orange,” Onstage Violence Turns Red Hot

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Anthony Burgess' violent dystopia: is it here?

“The Sense of the Past”: Henry James’s Rickety WABAC Machine

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The unfinished, posthumously published 1917 novel transports its hero back to 1820.

Victor Lodato Spins a New Jersey Gothic Tale

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A prizewinning playwright turns to fiction with a dark side.

“Finding Babel”: Family Documentary Uncovers Soviet History

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The mystery remains unresolved, but as the film ends, we are invited into the search.

Trump’s Behavior, Elucidated by 10 Fictional Characters

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These characters behave very badly. NOT good. SAD!

Paying Homage to Hope in the Era of Trump

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Remember: those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

10 Resolutions to End This Effed-Up Year of Trump

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Let's be honest and kill the orange elephant in the room.
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