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Constructing Selves: Character in Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum’s “Accomplice”

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I’ve written before about the magic I find, as a writer and reader, in the world of the school as a setting for fiction. Like most of my predilections when it comes to literature, gravitating toward this world isn’t really a conscious choice.

How Does a Korean Debate Capitalism vs. Communism?

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Choi In-Hun’s novel The Square is a modern Korean classic that might be called a bildungsroman of ideology. Originally released in 1961, the Dalkey Archive Press translation by Kim Seong-Kon was released as part of the Archive’s Library of Korean Literature in 2014.

Round-Up: Simon & Schuster Authors Protesting, Book Deserts, and GoT

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From a protest of Milo Yiannopolous' book deal to the sixth Game of Thrones book, here's the latest in literary news.

White-Out Conditions: Poetic Page, Scale, and Scope

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It’s snowing again, and the world contracts, like my heel’s screws in the cold. The sky and ground reflect one another, white-gray, and the space between the two becomes more tangible, more intimate in the precipitation’s revelation of how far it has to go.

Alt-weeklies, Prose Poems, Heroes: An Interview With Brandon Soderberg

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2017 came, and I was in the market for words to live by. I needed a mantra to get me through the month of January. Miraculously, I found them four days into the new year: “We’re all special once we get to know each other.” I found these words in

The Bookshelves of Others

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I remember the bookshelf of my childhood home as very imposing and very maroon. It had the entire leather-bound World Book Encyclopedia collection, and I spent many afternoons cross-legged with one of the heavy volumes on my lap, reading entries on “China” or “homeostasis.”

Our Winter 2016-17 Issue Has Been Released!

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We are pleased to announce the release of our Winter 2016-17 issue! This staff-edited issue of Ploughshares features a vibrant collection of essays, poems, and short stories.

The Readers: Gabrielle Bellot and Writing Beyond The Binary

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Bellot seems keenly interested in the power of stories, in the way that history is a story so frequently retold that it assumes the impunity of fact, and the way that time’s linearity—in social progress and our individual experiences—is sometimes as constructed as anything else.

Keeping the Faith: How Anne Lamott Can Save Your Life

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Last summer, when my baby was four months old, we traveled to Israel to visit our families. My husband and I had been moving around the East Coast for several years--from Princeton to Brooklyn just before our trip. We were still figuring out our son’s schedule, nutritional needs, likes