Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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Elizabeth Strout’s Lovely New Novel Is a Requiem for Small-Town Pain

Anyone who’s ever experienced depression, even the tiniest mote, knows that there’s great power in relief. Certainly Olive Kitteridge, the protagonist of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, knew this.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers’ Workshops Can Be Hostile

Literature and power cannot be separated. American literature is read around the world not only because of its inherent value, but because the rest of the world always reads the literature of empires. A new development is that the American way of teaching writing is beginning to spread globally.

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The Truth Is Out There, and the Feds Paid to Find It

PHENOMENA The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis By Annie Jacobsen Illustrated. 527 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $28. I had my first paranormal experience as a teenager.

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An Artist Fears She’s a Fraud in ‘A Line Made by Walking’

What if you are a sensitive and offbeat soul, determined to be an artist, but suspect you have no talent? At what point does fortitude (all those chapters, drawings, songs) pass into life-destroying intransigence?

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