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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."

Mulling Monterey: Steinbeck, Class and ‘Big Little Lies’

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Do you know the way to Monterey? Reflecting on different perspectives of a familiar place.

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.

Atticus Finch Galvanizes Broadway

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Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" astounds with the great Jeff Daniels.

When a Favorite Coming-of-Age Novel Turns 50

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Revisiting Richard Bradford’s "Red Sky at Morning" -- and all that steamy stuff in the high desert.

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.

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.

Beyond the James Dean Mythology with Graham’s ‘Giant’

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Looking back at the novel and the iconic Hollywood film, with its biting indictment of greed, misogyny and bigotry in Texas.

Navigating History, Religion in ‘The Last Watchman of Old Cairo’

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Why take time to read a book about time? For quiet revelations and epiphanies.

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.

Victor Lodato Spins a New Jersey Gothic Tale

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A prizewinning playwright turns to fiction with a dark side.

Melville on the Menu, Bukowski in the Bathroom

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A dining establishment in Atlantic Beach, NY does everything by the book.

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.

How to Confront a Generation That Doesn’t Like Books?

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We need to reconsider what it means to read and what we value about the act of reading.

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

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American novelist determined to remake outmoded Shakespeare.

Immersive Theater Brings Legendary Nellie Bly Back to Life

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Remembering a period of history that was downright cruel, especially in regard to women's health -- and the woman who exposed it all.
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