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Dear God: “Nat Turner in Jerusalem” Arrives Off-Broadway

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A harrowing scene from America's past, still alive in our present.

“Vinegar Girl”: Anne Tyler Tames the “Shrew”

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American novelist determined to remake outmoded Shakespeare.

“Harry Potter” in the West End: A Hogwarts Report Card

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Mostly good grades. But room for improvement.

Star-Spangled Slavery and the Great American Novel

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Natashia Deón has come to bear witness.

Sinclair Lewis, Donald Trump: Yes, It Can Happen Here

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A provocative 1935 novel as a cautionary tale for the 2016 election.

The Book as We Know It Is Dead. Here’s Why.

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The thing that we typically call a book is a relatively new phenomenon.

The End?: The Illusion of Ambiguous Endings

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Part of the human experience is to create a narrative arc out of one’s own life.

If He Only Had a Heart, This Would Be His Play

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A story of a man losing his humanity and (perhaps) his capacity for love.

Adam Sisman’s “John le Carré” Spies on David Cornwell

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David Cornwell: still determining his true identity.

Atticus Finch Is As Atticus Finch Was

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Can readers can grapple with nuance?

A Fanfiction for All Seasons

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In defense of guerrilla literature.

Brave New Girl: Re-Imagining the Dystopian Tradition

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By imagining the future of humanity, we study what it means to be human now.

Remembering the Brilliant Stories of Mavis Gallant

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"The New Yorker" fiction writer, who died last year, is unfairly too obscure.

Agatha Christie Writes Again, Kinda

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The Christie estate happily authorizes Sophie Hannah's new Hercule Poirot.

A Portrait of Norman Mailer as a Visual Artist

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"What began as doodles on a small pad by the phone had evolved into something more serious."

Rik Mayall dies; Sexism in YA Fiction; Reynolds High Shooting

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A round-up of relevance for June 10, 2014

To Philip Seymour Hoffman, With Gratitude and Anger

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Was he really "the greatest actor of his generation"?

A Gifted Phantom Shunning a Self-Absorbed Society

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A startling documentary sheds light on a deeply scarred life.

Lynda Obst Spills Hollywood Insights

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Tinseltown knowledgeable explains it all.

In Defense of Fantasy

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What does fantasy, specifically, offer us?
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Herman Cain (and Republicans Unable)

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And then there was Jerry Falwell, Jr., with his open pants, evangelical FUPA and his hands veering into prime side-boob territory with -- hey, doesn't she have a name?