Dear Taylor Swift (and Other White Feminists)

Sep 12, 2016

Open Letter by Lorraine Berry

I don’t believe we get to pick and choose whose struggle for civil rights we align ourselves with.

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Dear Madeleine Albright

Sep 12, 2016

Open Letter by Susan Terris

This year, you got trashed by hundreds of smart young women who believe their generation has shattered the glass ceiling.

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Some Failed Nocturnes for Sylvia Plath

Sep 12, 2016

Hybrid Poetry by Marie Chambers

Verbs begin to spiral from her mouth and coil outward into the sky.

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Not Looking Stupid While Talking to Neil Gaiman

Mar 11, 2013

Theme Essay by J.p. Lawrence

My reporter face is hard, but inside I am quaky. Neil Gaiman, after all, is a hero of mine.

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Giving Stephen King Another Chance

Feb 11, 2013

Theme Essay by Wendy Glaas

His work has entered my psyche thoroughly, like tentacles from his nightmarish creations.

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Fame, Fortune, and a Purposeful Life

Feb 08, 2013

TW Column by Steven Lewis

My father was not impressed with my first triumphant literary efforts, nor with the staple-bound magazines in which they appeared: Modine Gunch and Road Apple Review.

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Elizabeth Bishop at Harvard

Jan 21, 2013

Theme Essay by Robert Boucheron

Her idea of the poet was old-fashioned—a custodian of language.

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Writing and the Joy of Obscurity

Jan 14, 2013

Editor's Note by Martha Nichols

While a love of gossip is part of the human condition, there’s another aspect to contemporary fame that’s raised the stakes for all of us.

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Fallen Idols

Jan 14, 2013

Theme Essay by Elizabeth Titus

Until early 2011, I’d never met either of my literary idols. But that all changed in a matter of months.

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Do Fans Love Authors or Their Books?

Jan 11, 2013

Theme Essay by Martha Nichols

I'd rather a writer like Díaz grabs some of the action than, say, Justin Bieber.

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