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How “The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards” Changed Me

Oh my. Today I have finished an incredible piece by the debut author, Kristopher Jansma, and I must say, oh my. At once moving and enrapturing and crushing, The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is written for us, for writers, and it … Continue reading

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Vladimir Nabokov’s “The Luzhin Defence”

“The Luzhin Defense,” Vladimir Nabokov’s third novel, is a wild, energetic story about one man’s singular obsession with chess and how, in two hundred and fifty pages, it eats him from the inside. “Being born in this world is hardly … Continue reading

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The Newest, Youngest, Bestest Novelists

A little less than two months ago, the British literary quarterly Granta put out the fourth edition of its Best of Young British Novelists series, a tradition dating back thirty years that is responsible for discovering writers Salman Rushdie, Kazuo … Continue reading

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Why Society Hates Its Writers

About a month ago, someone posed to me that age-old question about why our society loves to glorify its athletes, celebrities, and businesspeople while its intellectuals: particularly its writers and artists scrape a living off of periodicals and food stamps. … Continue reading

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