Books

NOSELL

I’ve been having a hard time keeping track of time, but Goodreads indicates that it took me just under two weeks to read “Pride and Prejudice.” For some reason it feels like longer. Or maybe not? Time is passing in strange ways now.

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In April 2016, author, historian and professor Ibram X.

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I have been reading Elena Ferrante, and so I’ve found myself needing to have an opinion about Elena Ferrante for those who ask. Everyone’s heard of her, of course.

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NOSELL

In its own peculiarity, Porter’s bizarre little book deconstructs the myths we create to survive those moments when there is no rational explanation, everything from Dead Papa Toothwort to media coverage to the critical literary things I tell myself about the words falling off the page — whatever makes you feel better.

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Ruffin has crafted a heavy, thought provoking novel that leads readers to grapple with questions of race and social responsibility that are highly relevant to the current political climate.

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Roupenian refuses to hesitate in introducing her breadth as a writer, boldly declaring herself on the page in a take-it-or-leave-it cleanse.

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Like an existential therapist, Mary Oliver was a guide to the emotional landscape of life, someone who saw the ways that all internal opposites share an intimate inner boundary.

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“Common Place” is essential reading, difficult, but exceptional. It leaves you trembling with guilt and fear and self-consciousness and an imperative to think through the relation your body has with persecuted and incarcerated bodies and, ultimately, whether that relation can be mobilized toward the collective attempt to make life livable.