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Heroines of Self-Loathing

For generations, Anna Karenina and Emma Bovary have loomed as the nonpareils of self-loathing literary heroines. For Anna, guilt over having abandoned her husband and child, paired with a jealous nature, compels her to destroy the love she shares with Count Vronsky — and head for the train tracks. For Emma, dumped by a conscience-free […]

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He Planted a Bomb That Never Went Off. He Was Executed Anyway.

TOMORROW THEY WON’T DARE TO MURDER USBy Joseph AndrasTranslated by Simon Leser France has never been very good at grappling with its colonial past. Among the most stubborn ghosts to haunt the contemporary republic is the brutal war it waged in Algeria, its former colony, from 1954 to 1962. After the conflict, France long denied […]

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The Merit, Thrills, Boredom and Fear of Police Work

TANGLED UP IN BLUE Policing the American CityBy Rosa Brooks WE OWN THIS CITY A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption By Justin Fenton In late 2015, I interviewed several young police officers over lunch in the middle of their patrol shift. We were near St. Louis, not far from Ferguson, where the year […]

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Public Libraries, Life Without Parole and Other Letters to the Editor

Off the Shelves To the Editor: The blurb for Brooke Barker’s terrific Sketchbook of neighborhood “little free libraries” (Jan. 10) says that “you can still borrow books for free even when public libraries are closed.” While the sketch is a wonderful advertisement for little free libraries — which I, as a librarian, fully support — […]

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Held Hostage in Syria, a Reporter Tells What It Took to Survive

BLINDFOLDA Memoir of Capture, Torture, and EnlightenmentBy Theo Padnos In the fall of 2012, Theo Padnos was down and out in Antakya. An American freelance reporter in his early 40s, he was bunking at a grotty guesthouse in this town in southern Turkey on the border with Syria. Magazine editors were ignoring his emails. His […]

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Roberto Bolaño Recenters His Mythic World

COWBOY GRAVESThree NovellasBy Roberto BolañoTranslated by Natasha Wimmer Emily Dickinson asked her sister, Vinnie, to burn her papers after she died. For Kafka, it was his friend Max Brod. Philip Larkin assigned the job to a professional, the distinguished editor and poet Anthony Thwaite. But no formal code of ethics covers the work of literary […]

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Stylist magazine: books published by Stylist magazine

Discover the inspiring Life Lessons book series published by Stylist magazine, including Life Lessons From Remarkable Women, Beauty Reimagined and Stylist’s latest release, Life Lessons On Friendship.       If you could share one lesson from your life with every woman, what would it be? This was the question that took centre stage when Stylist launched […]

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How Getting Canceled on Social Media Can Derail a Book Deal

When Simon & Schuster dropped Senator Josh Hawley’s book a day after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, the news caused an explosion of attention, condemnation and praise. Amid the cries of censorship and cancel culture, however, the way the publisher backed out of the deal got relatively little attention. Simon & Schuster invoked […]

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If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now — Sort of

SUPER HOSTBy Kate Russo We find ourselves in the first wave of pre-pandemic fiction. Here come the narratives full of indoor scenes, maskless interactions and group coughing fits. Kate Russo’s breezy debut, “Super Host,” is one such novel, written long before the words “super” and “host” had everyday epidemiological associations. But this story of middle-aged […]