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Caleb Crain's incisive look at the history of gay sex in the novel
If a writer who happens to be gay is at all ambitious, he will have fairly complicated opinions about sexual arousal in prose.
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Another great Brad Leithauser essay, on unasked-for gifts, in life and in literature
I was recently the beneficiary—though I felt temporarily like the victim—of a “random act of kindness.”
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Brad Leithauser on novels that revolve around one sentence.
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This piece is utterly charming
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Cooking vegetables (and revisiting Deborah Madison's updated "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone") with the delightful Emma Allen!
After making my way through Deborah Madison’s revised epic, it seemed like a dinner for friends was in order.
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A beautiful remembrance by fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
There’s an unapologetic tone to most of Mavis Gallant’s stories, as well as to the stories about her.
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A typewriter of one's own: Jon Lee Anderson's beautiful remembrance of Maxine Kumin, and how she helped him, as an isolated kid, to become a writer.
“Maxine Kumin asked me if I had a typewriter of my own. I didn’t, I confessed.”
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James Wood points out that Mourdock is more honest than most in saying what he really believes:  that God intends for bad things to happen.
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