Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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When Misery Becomes a Subject for Art

MISÈRE The Visual Representation of Misery in the 19th Century By Linda Nochlin Illustrated. 176 pp. Thames & Hudson. $35.

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Voices From the Bronx’s First Book Festival

This weekend’s weather kept most New Yorkers inside. But gray clouds and a little rain did not stop bibliophiles and residents of the Bronx from attending the inaugural Bronx Book Festival in Fordham Plaza.

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With ‘Kudos,’ Rachel Cusk Completes an Exceptional Trilogy

What to call them? From Willa Cather’s Great Plains trilogy to Cormac McCarthy’s Border trilogy to Hilary Mantel’s yet-to-be-completed Thomas Cromwell trilogy, most of the best have had handles one could pick them up with.

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NPR News: In ‘The Restless Wave’ Sen. John McCain Discusses Principles He Wants The U.S. To Keep

In ‘The Restless Wave’ Sen. John McCain Discusses Principles He Wants The U.S. To Keep
Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. In his new memoir, The Restless Wave, McCain writes about the state of politics and the principles he’d like the country to hold onto after he’s gone. NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with McCain’s co-author, longtime advisor and friend Mark Salter.

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NPR News: Terrance Hayes Speaks To American Racism In Latest Collection Of Poetry

Terrance Hayes Speaks To American Racism In Latest Collection Of Poetry
NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor about Terrance Hayes’ new collection American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin. Every poem is a sonnet, and every sonnet is titled: “American Sonnet for my Past and Future Assassin.”

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NPR News: Novelist Michael Chabon: ‘My Family And Kids Have Been My Gang’

Novelist Michael Chabon: ‘My Family And Kids Have Been My Gang’
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about his relationship with his father, as well as his own experiences as the parent of four, in Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.

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NPR News: Novelist Michael Chabon: ‘My Family And Kids Have Been My Gang’

Novelist Michael Chabon: ‘My Family And Kids Have Been My Gang’
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about his relationship with his father, as well as his own experiences as the parent of four, in Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.

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