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Abortion debate

From Slate, a decade before Roe, Pat Maginnis’ radical activism — and righteous rage — changed the abortion debate forever. What the future of abortion looks like after the 2018 midterms. Matt Ford on the abortion case likely headed for the Supreme Court. Clarke Forsythe (AUL): A Draft Opinion Overruling Roe v. Wade. How to prepare for the day when Roe v. Wade is overturned. The Supreme Court’s surprising decision on Planned Parenthood, explained. What does it mean that the Supreme Court — and


Paper Trail

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for this year’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book. Nominees include Nana Kwami Adjei-Brenyah’s Friday Black, Jamel Brinkely’s A Lucky Man, Francisco Cantú’s The Line Becomes a River, Tommy Orange’s There There, Tara Westover’s Educated, R.O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries, and Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry. The winner

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Outrageous Clarity: The Fictions of Amélie Nothomb

Charlotte ShaneWith Amélie Nothomb’s latest, Strike Your Heart, the Francophone author of twenty-five books seems to have finally found some of the American attention she deserves. (I’m basing this assessment in part

Daily Review

This Mournable Body

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s This Mournable Body follows a single, unemployed young black woman (Tambudzai), as she attempts to escape the entangled forces of neocolonialism, patriarchy, poverty, and history’s ever-present effect on daily life in modern-day Zimbabwe. Tambu, who

Interviews

John Keene

The writer, translator, and poet John Keene has long married a daringly experimental style with a commitment to stories that are usually omitted by history’s ellipses. It’s an approach tangible in his work as a translator, where Keene has long expounded the need for English editions of black diasporic authors.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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The Billy Lee Myth

Tracy Daugherty

The Billy Lee Myth begins with a fact: he was once one of the most engaging young novelists in the country, greeted by some critics as the second coming of F. Scott Fitzgerald. “Brammer’s is a new and major talent, big in scope, big in its promise of even better things to come,” wrote A. C. Spectorsky, a former staffer at the New Yorker.

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