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Widespread implications

Brian L. Frye (Kentucky): Copyright in Pantomime. Australia reduced mass violence by confiscating guns — in the U.S., police sell them back to citizens. Lawmakers are convinced that women are having abortions for the wrong reasons. Sarah Kliff watched all 12 hours of the unedited Planned Parenthood videos — here’s what she learned. Undercover Planned Parenthood videos were altered, analysis finds. The use of aborted fetuses in medical research has “saved the lives and health of millions”. In


Paper Trail

In a New York Times op-ed, Stephen King defends prolific novelists—Alexandre Dumas, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, himself—from the “snobbish, inane, and demonstrably untrue” suspicion that fewer books make for better books. The ubiquitous yet elusive Elena Ferrante tells Vanity Fair about some of her literary influences: “Today I read everything that emerges out of

Syllabi

Feminism, Dominance, and Submission

Catherine ScottIt can seem a tall order to find literature about BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadomasochism) that is both erotic and cerebral, and that can depict a woman playing the

Daily Review

On Barbara Comyns

Barbara Comyns was born in 1909, the fourth of six children, to a very eccentric mother and father who lived in a large house in a small English town called Bidford-on-Avon. On a map of England, this town appears to be at the exact center, about two hours outside London,

Interviews

Ottessa Moshfegh

I first came to know Ottessa Moshfegh's writing through her shrewd, darkly funny stories in the Paris Review, for which she won the Plimpton Prize, Much of her work deals in disgust (see her story "Disgust"), fixation, and the personal horrors we can't look away from.

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Not Writing

Anne Boyer

I am not writing a scandalous memoir. I am not writing a pathetic memoir. I am not writing a memoir about poetry or love. I am not writing a memoir about poverty, debt collection, or bankruptcy. I am not writing about family court. I am not writing a memoir because memoirs are for property owners and not writing a memoir about prohibitions of memoirs.

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