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Modern family

From The Believer, a symposium on the modern family. America is blaming pregnant women for their own deaths: What is it like to face dying during childbirth in the richest country in the world in the 21st century? Philip Cohen (Maryland): The Coming Divorce Decline. Finding decent child care is a huge struggle for some families, new report shows. Cynthia Grant Bowman (Cornell): How Should the Law Treat Couples Who Live Apart Together? Your child, your choice: How the United States made parenting


Paper Trail

New York magazine is unionizing with NewsGuild New York, joining other high-profile publications—including the New Yorker, Vice, and The Guardian—that have organized in recent years. Rebecca Traister, one of New York’s most popular writers, was happy about the effort: “The fact that the industry itself is moving back to collective bargaining is thrilling to me.

Syllabi

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

Double Dare Ya

On the night the French author Virgine Despentes was gang-raped, at age seventeen, she had a switchblade in her pocket but was too terrified to use it. “I am furious with a society that has educated me without ever teaching me to injure a man if he pulls my thighs apart against my will, when that same society has taught me that this is a crime from which I will never recover,” she writes in her sweeping 2006 manifesto/memoir, King Kong Theory.

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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