Tag: Writing and Writers

Get Ready for the Masterwork No One Has Seen

When the Cuban-American director and playwright María Irene Fornés died last fall, the New York Times obituary referred to her as “an underrecognized genius.” Now, what is perhaps her finest work, “Fefu and Her Friends,” can be seen at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Revolutionary in its form and daring in its philosophy, “Fefu,” from 1977, […]

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Stephen Dixon, Prolific Writer of Experimental Fiction, Dies at 83

By Richard Sandomir Stephen Dixon, whose hyper-realistic novels and short stories reflected his fascination with personal loss, sex, heartbreak, disaster, marriage and old age, died on Wednesday at a hospice in Towson, Md. He was 83. His daughter Sophia Dixon Frydman said the cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease and pneumonia. Mr. Dixon produced fiction […]

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From Nabokov and Lawrence, Giants of 20th-Century Fiction, New Volumes of Nonfiction

Vladimir Nabokov and D. H. Lawrence each wrote a major novel (“Lolita,” “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”) that was banned and unbanned and banned again before being cut free. There are other similarities. Each was a great traveler, as if in perpetual self-exile, and drawn to America. Each disliked heavy, didactic fiction. Each was a sensualist on […]

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Why Seth Meyers Loves Having Authors on His Show

“They are, by nature, storytellers,” says the host of “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” whose comedy special “Lobby Baby” is on Netflix now. “Writing is magic, so to have people who can do the tricks talk about it makes for good conversation.” What books are on your nightstand? Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments,” Zadie Smith’s “Grand […]

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Édouard Louis Would Like to Talk About Theater Now

Édouard Louis was relieved to be talking about something else. Journalists will often ask about politics, since Louis — a wunderkind of French literature who at 27 has already risen to the status of public intellectual — is seen as a firebrand of the left and a voice for the Yellow Vests movement. Or they’ll […]

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Ernest J. Gaines, Novelist of ‘Miss Jane Pittman,’ Dies at 86

Ernest J. Gaines, who wrote of the inner struggle for dignity among Southern black people before the civil rights era in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and other acclaimed novels, died on Tuesday at his home in Oscar, La. He was 86. His death was announced by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on […]

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Justice Dept. Asks for Identifying Details on Anonymous Op-Ed Author

The Justice Department is trying to unearth the identity of the Trump administration official who denounced the president in a New York Times Op-Ed last year under the byline Anonymous, according to a letter from a senior law enforcement official on Monday. In the letter, Assistant Attorney General Joseph H. Hunt asked the publisher of […]

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Those People We Tried to Cancel? They’re All Hanging Out Together

ImageCredit…Anthony Freda Katie Herzog was a largely unknown freelance journalist living in Seattle. Then she published an article in The Stranger about trans people who halt or reverse transitions. Two days later she started getting hate mail. “It is, by far, the most-read thing I’ve ever written,” Ms. Herzog said. It also made her “wildly […]

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Booker Prize Winner ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ Is Coming to America

The morning after Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker Prize, for her novel “Girl, Woman, Other,” her American publisher announced that the book would come out in the United States a month earlier than previously scheduled — and that it was printing 50,000 more copies, up from an initial run of 10,000. Now the book is […]

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Stick to Sports? No Way. Deadspin Journalists Quit en Masse.

On Monday, the journalists at the freewheeling website Deadspin were instructed by its owners to stick to sports. On Tuesday, the site’s interim editor in chief, Barry Petchesky, was fired for refusing to obey that order. On Wednesday many longtime staff members quit in protest, hurling Deadspin into chaos. At least eight Deadspin journalists announced […]

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Tom Brokaw Recalls His Time Covering Watergate

Near the start of his new book, “The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate,” Tom Brokaw writes that he has been “reflecting on the enduring lessons, high drama and historic consequences of that fateful year.” Brokaw, then in the early stages of his broadcasting career, was NBC’s White House correspondent during the scandal […]

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Jason Reynolds Is on a Mission

When the writer Jason Reynolds speaks to young people, he rarely starts by talking about books. “They’ve been hearing that all day, all year,” he said. Instead he talks about ramen noodles, Jordan 11s, the rapper DaBaby, “whatever it takes to get them engaged.” Earlier this month, when Reynolds’s “Long Way Down” was selected as […]

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Should I Tell the Children Why My Marriage Broke Up?

I am a middle-aged woman. Several decades ago I had an affair with a woman I met in a writing class at a prestigious university’s continuing-education program. I was at a very fragile and vulnerable point in my life. My husband and I and our young children had recently moved to a new town where […]

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Jenny Slate Wrote a Book-Shaped Thing. What Is It?

SOUTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — The only piece of fiction in Jenny Slate’s new book, “Little Weirds,” describes a love that grew old in an un-air-conditioned house by the Atlantic Ocean. “I was trying to say goodbye to my ex-husband, who is an important person in my life and a friend,” the actress and comedian said […]

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The Talented Patricia Highsmith’s Private Diaries Are Going Public

“No writer would ever betray his secret life,” the novelist Patricia Highsmith wrote to a friend in 1940. “It would be like standing naked in public.” More than 20 years after her death, Highsmith’s secret life — her reflections on her creative aspirations, her tumultuous romantic relationships and her fascination with the psychological underpinnings of […]

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Flea Had a Wild Life. Then He Joined Red Hot Chili Peppers.

PASADENA, Calif. — On a Thursday in mid-October, Flea sat in a patio chair he’d dragged down to the lawn, looking out at the green lake in his backyard. As the late-morning sun beat down on his graying skull and the tattoo-dotted arms under his Vin Scully T-shirt, he curled his battered bare toes in […]

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When the Urge to Write Is a Life Sentence

The Turkish novelist and journalist Ahmet Altan is serving a life sentence in prison in his home country, allowed to see his children only occasionally and his writing, in theory, limited to short notes to his family and lawyers. Earlier this month, however, Other Press published the English translation of his memoir, “I Will Never […]

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