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You Are Not a Hopeless Case: A Million Easy Steps to a Beautiful You

A pretty face opens doors but will never fully win the so-called race against time. Janet Steen writes on self-criticism, scrutiny, and letting time do its thing. Continue reading

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The Politics of Ebola Porn*: Africa, Race, and the Titillation of Horror

Sayantani DasGupta puts the politics of Ebola under a microscope and finds an American horror story. Continue reading

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Point/Counterpoint: Sean Beaudoin vs. Diana Spechler – Gone Girl Edition

Take a front row seat for this exciting, no-holds-barred game of style and wit, in which Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL is parsed, thrust, and parried as you listen to the intellectual steel clang! Continue reading

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Rock & Roll Coffee: A Conversation with Anson Williams

SECOND GRADE. Every day after school I watch Happy Days reruns with my neighbor, Steffie Dougal. “Fonz is the coolest,” I tell her. “Not even,” she replies. “Fonzie’s always bragging and trying to act tough.” “Pff,” I scoff. “Who’s cooler … Continue reading

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Six months in the city, six months in the country, Sarah Orne Jewett figured out the writer's life.

Branding: It Burns – Being an explanation of why for novelists the notion of branding is fraught with peril

Nicola Griffith on the perils of the world of modern publishing, from Twitter to Platforms and back, via the 7th Century. Or how to think like an executive about writing novels… Continue reading

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Sunday Light and Word – Alpine, TX

Searching the angles of chance Continue reading

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Seven Things We Don’t Care About This Week: Celebrities Who Have Had Their Teeth Replaced with Taylor Swift

Every single thing that we shouldn’t be talking about now combined in one easy-to-swallow gel cap. Continue reading

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Joel and the Giant Algorithm

Now the literary gatekeeper is a few thousand lines of code. Continue reading

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The Problem with the Homeless Problem

It’s easy to believe that people like this exist for our sakes, dying lessons on how not to live. We don’t allow ourselves to entertain the idea that these people have histories; these shadows and signposts don’t happen to serve a purpose for anyone else, they were once actual people themselves. Continue reading

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