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The New Recipients of the MacArthur Fellowships; The Mile-Long Opera's Final Night

Anne Carson

Tonight is the final performance of David Lang’s immersive Mile-Long Opera: A Biography of 7 O’Clock, which is being performed on the Highline. The audience wanders among the one-thousand performers, who are singing words composed by the poet-essayists Anne Carson and Claudia Rankine. 

Fiction writers Kelly Link and John Keene, poet Natalie Diaz, and playwright Dominique Morisseau have been awarded MacArthur Fellowships, aka “genius grants.”

In the latest installment of “Ask Greil,” Greil Marcus explains why Charles Manson wasn’t interesting and answers a number of reader questions, such as: “have you ever considered writing a novel?” And: “Could you suggest a few of your favorite essay collections and/or authors who would be helpful for a young writer to read?”

At Lithub, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author most recently of the novel Sketchtasy, offers a list of books that both look at the 1990s and correct the problems of nostalgia. “The opposite of nostalgia is truth. Here are five books that may offer just that.”

Thomas & Mercer, the crime-book imprint of Amazon Publishing, has paid seven figures for three forthcoming novels by T.R. Ragan.