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Catching a royal wedding

From Vox, Constance Grady on the royal wedding, explained: 14 questions about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day, asked and answered; and how Meghan Markle is changing the princess fantasy: Yes, technically she will be a duchess. Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and royal romance: Lauren Collins on how marrying into the monarchy is rarely a fairy tale. Sarah E. Gaither: “I study biracial identity in America. Here’s why Meghan Markle is a big deal”. The fraught gender and racial politics of the


Paper Trail

Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon are editing an anthology to commemorate the centennial of the American Civil Liberties Union. The still-untitled book—which includes essays and stories from Marlon James, Jesmyn Ward, Colson Whitehead, Hanya Yanagihara, and more—will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2020. At Literary Hub, Michael Ondaatje lists the books that he

Syllabi

Marriage Reimagined

Laura SmithIt is easy to view the vast and varied landscape of marriage in the present day as a radical departure from a more conservative past. But many of these marriage alternatives—including polyamory, open

Daily Review

In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers

While #MeToo has exposed the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in a handful of high-profile industries, its priorities have so far reflected broader social hierarchies, giving outsize attention to the experiences of a privileged minority. In a Day’s Work shows us what

Interviews

Wayne Koestenbaum

Ludwig Wittgenstein noted that in representational writing, “one thinks that one is tracing the outline of the thing’s nature . . . and one is merely tracing round the frame through which we look at it.” In Wayne Koestenbaum’s “trance journals”—The Pink Trance Notebooks (2015) and the newly released Camp Marmalade—both the frame and the off-frame are folded into his trans-perspectival impressions.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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A Poet of the Archives: On Susan Howe

Emily LaBarge

Howe has long been interested in distilling signs and symbols, whether “art objects” or words themselves, into something more revelatory. Considering riddles, lost languages, doubled surfaces, spells, magical thinking, and other elusive forms of expression, Howe sounds the depths.

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