Whiteout Conditions by Tariq Shah

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In Tariq Shah’s debut novel, the protagonists finds a sliver of life in a world of death and, with that, a tiny bit of grace.

The Toxic Relationship Between Man and Boat in Two Key West Fiction Classics

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Key West is an international port of entry, an island where man and boat collide violently so that the lines between them become hard to distinguish.

Chopin at the Fair

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On the main thoroughfare, known as the Pike, of the 1904 World's Fair, a display entitled "Home on the Old Plantation" featured a recreated slave cabin, complete with black actors playing the slaves. What might Chopin have thought about this?

The Lap as Site of Resistance in Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas

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Layli Long Soldier’s 2017 poetry collection is—beyond its brilliant depiction of colonialism’s legacy—also a book about liminal spaces and stolen time, by which I mean, the dilemma of the mother/maker or mother/artist.

Emily Dickinson and the Compound Witness

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Reckoning with extreme psychic suffering, Dickinson’s poetic speakers repeatedly confront the boundary between unknowable interior experience and intelligible linguistic testimony.

New Waves by Kevin Nguyen

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In a world that seems increasingly chaotic and divided, Nguyen’s debut novel offers a refuge with his humble, distinct take on race relations in America, and smart analysis of the ways technology shapes our personal and public lives.

The Disappearance of the Author

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In Alawiya Sobh’s 2002 novel, the writer has disappeared. Through the perplexing enigma of the novel’s authorship, Sobh simultaneously brings to light and challenges the erasure of war and conflict.

Form, Sound, and Thought in Supply Chain

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The activity of thinking, with its accidental sparkings and discursive connections, propels Pimone Triplett through the sonically dense occasional poems that make up her 2017 collection, in which she repurposes some of poetry’s perhaps more conservative elements—form and tradition—to radically reoriented ends.

“I think historically art and literature have had a role in social and political change”: An Interview with Deb Olin Unferth

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Deb Olin Unferth’s latest foray into the socio-political, an action-adventure novel with touches of humor, is built around an anti-big-ag upheaval though rooted in the fragile relationships we cling to in a chaotic, inspiring, and often difficult world.

The Tragedy of Lady Macbeth

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Lady Macbeth’s tragedy is the tragedy of being a woman. What more powerful way to show this than through a difficult woman to like?