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Elucidating Esbjerg

Elucidating Esbjerg

Esbjerg is a seaport town in Denmark. In the story, it’s presented as an obscure place...

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The Appearance of Goodness

The Appearance of Goodness

There are many social-media-savvy people who are choking on sanctimony and lacking in compassion, who can fluidly pontificate on Twitter about kindness but are unable to actually show kindness...

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Pine

Pine

Well I grew up in the New Zealand of country pubs and sheep and macrocarpas; and beyond it, we were told, was a planet structured around the British Empire turning into the Commonwealth turning into... something else...

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L.M. Montgomery’s Journals

L.M. Montgomery’s Journals

Through all those years of journal entries, Lucy Maud Montgomery was always intelligent, often funny and never boring. I wanted to know what she’d say next...

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Marian Janssen on Carolyn Kizer

Marian Janssen on Carolyn Kizer

Carolyn Kizer, feminist poet and founding editor of Poetry Northwest, became the first Program Director for Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts in 1966...

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Rachel Howard: If Reborn, then Snail

Rachel Howard: If Reborn, then Snail

If rebirth does actually happen, I will be reborn as an amoeba or a snail...

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Orwell: Toads

Orwell: Toads

Before the swallow, before the daffodil, and not much later than the snowdrop, the common toad salutes the coming of spring after his own fashion...

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In the Business of Sharing Knowledge

In the Business of Sharing Knowledge

Especially for antiquarian and other independent booksellers, there exists a tension between sharing knowledge and running a business...

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Woolf’s Glimpses of Lawrence by Andre Gerard

Woolf’s Glimpses of Lawrence by Andre Gerard

Whether or not The Trespasser helped Woolf shape Night and Day, there may be glints of Lawrence’s novel in To the Lighthouse...

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Virginia Woolf on D.H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf on D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers emerged with astonishing vividness, like an island from off which the mist has suddenly lifted...

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Paul Vacca: Should we sweep away metaphors like dead leaves?

Paul Vacca: Should we sweep away metaphors like dead leaves?

The metaphor retains the paradoxical power to unveil the truth by veiling it...

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What determines the lengths of novels?

What determines the lengths of novels?

The novel is an extremely flexible form. It can come out in countless shapes, include infinite content, and end up almost any length...

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Douglas Penick on Robert Walser

Douglas Penick on Robert Walser

Robert Walser found a context, a context of beauty for the many voices that surfaced in his awareness...

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Buwan

Buwan

In more than two dozen languages, the words for month and moon are the same...

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Tabish Khair: Inevitable Friction

Tabish Khair: Inevitable Friction

The trajectory of literature is intertwined with and also strains against the career of God...

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Kenkō’s Idle Hours

Kenkō’s Idle Hours

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations—such is a pleasure beyond compare...

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Medha Singh on J.M. Coetzee

Medha Singh on J.M. Coetzee

The postcolonial school may have claimed Coetzee, yet his attempt at a satirical sort of self canonisation actively resists any and all approaches to his writing within a single framework...

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A Tribute to Uchrony by Paul Vacca

A Tribute to Uchrony by Paul Vacca

Nothing prevents us from using uchrony to look to the future...

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A Fitting Timepiece by Daniel Tobin

A Fitting Timepiece by Daniel Tobin

Dynamics and architecture: the very attributes required for making an Internet, a universe, an emergent God, a creation, certainly a poem...

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Every Character’s a Holbein

Every Character’s a Holbein

Small-eyed Henry VIII, spread curiously flat on the rectangle, vast and gem-studded. Thomas More, Anne Boleyn, they’re all here...

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Mandakini Pachauri in Vienna

Mandakini Pachauri in Vienna

I first arrived here from India three long decades ago late...

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