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Art as Savior: Against Nature

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I wanted salvation without the fall; I wanted art to save me from life.

Maria Messina’s Feminine Flaw

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Messina’s writing is bleak and tender and honest and is not trying to persuade me of anything, least of all that things will work out.

Against Safe Sex: A Review of Kathleen J. Woods’s White Wedding

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To ask whether the pornographic narrative style does anything (and to value it accordingly) is to buy into the promises of virtuous consumption. It is to believe that consuming a book somehow transforms aesthetic experience into social action.

Daria Morgendorffer, Jodie Landon, and the Privilege of Cynicism

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Why is cynicism so seemingly tied to whiteness?

The Maladaptation of White Noise

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Perhaps there is a tablet, a Dylar that actually works, that would make me forget Baumbach’s movie as the Gladneys wanted to forget death.

“Within Spitting Distance of the Exit”

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Some people will go to the ends of the earth for closure, while others maintain until their last, hypertensive breath that it doesn’t exist.

The Ferrante Coven

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The coven is not only a ritual meeting of practicing witches—it is an aspirational design for the literary establishment.

Mother Tongues

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The Dissenters is not a novel of exile: It is an Egyptian novel in English.

Where in the World is Michel Foucault? On Remigiusz Ryziński’s Foucault in Warsaw

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Perhaps Foucauldian controversies are a new annual tradition.

As a Non-Mother: Brandi Katherine Herrera’s MOTHER IS A BODY

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Those suffering from infertility often feel like human lab rats, captive to repetitive, demeaning processes that turn a formerly trustworthy, familiar body into a strange, combative “other,” a husk of stubborn, disagreeable matter.