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The Readers: Carmen Maria Machado and Following Your Idols

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The Readers is a blog series that aims to profile the work of some contemporary literary critics writing in English. This series will feature that body of work, exploring the interplay between each critic’s voice and larger cultural contexts in the process.

The Readers: David Orr and Careers of Loneliness

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The Readers is a blog series that aims to profile the writing of some contemporary literary critics writing in English. This series will feature that body of work, exploring the interplay between each critic’s voice and larger cultural contexts in the process.

The Readers: Katy Waldman and the Uses of Wit

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For the young, left-leaning reader, there are plenty of smart literary voices online to choose from, but I often find myself gravitating toward the work of Katy Waldman, a staff writer at Slate whose literary criticism offers some of the freshest takes on books that you are likely to

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.