Four-time novelist Calvin Baker felt driven to convey an urgent message in no uncertain, i.e., nonfictional, terms: that only with full integration can…
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How fortunate that fiction allows us to attend parties that in life we probably would have avoided. David Leavitt’s novel  features many highly animate…
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If Picasso had also contracted the flu along with his friend, much of the art world we know today might not have come to pass. 
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When French poet Guillaume Apollinaire died of the Spanish flu in 1918, the person most affected by his loss was his friend Picasso 
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In 2008, I flew to Alaska to meet the composer John Luther Adams, who was then living in an airy house on the outskirts of Fairbanks. I had recently co…
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Finally, 2020 got something right. On October 8, Louise Glück was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. 
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Some of our most enduring writers—Washington Irving, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne—set pivotal scenes in some of their greatest works on Ele…
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The transition from Stone’s early, troubled years to those of the acclaimed author whose face graces the covers of both of these books is, despite hims…
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During his lifetime, Robert Stone was revered as an ambitious, prolific novelist whose hard-edged, unsentimental work explored, among other subjects, f…
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Each year more than 150,000 Americans kill themselves, either intentionally by suicide, or by drug overdoses where it’s hard to know what was intended,…
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The commitment to the free exchange of ideas, a high principle at Malaprop’s, was thrown into high relief when North Carolina passed HB 2 and writers a…
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When Emöke B’Racz, then a poet and traveler with a long-running yearning to open a bookstore, arrived in Asheville, North Carolina in 1982, one in ever…
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