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Rosa Luxemburg’s Letters from Prison

Laura Christina Dunn on the necessarily non-political prison writing of the Marxist activist.

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In the Company of Bram van Velde

Bram van Velde by Samuel Beckett, Georges Duthuit, and Jacques Putman

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Women Gone Wild

A pair of rather vulvar curlicues bracketed the words: Bitches And Sad Ladies. The cover’s red-purple color-scheme looked like something, to quote my father, “from a whore’s boudoir.” The typeface and the teal-edged pages identified the book as a relic of the 70’s. I was about to show it to my book-shopping companion, eyebrow raised. […]

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Touching and Melting, Nowhere: Sylvia Plath’s “The Night Dances”

Plath, like no other poet, has been idolized and appropriated and taken ownership of, cast and recast by acolytes as a “suicide doll,” as her daughter, Frieda Hughes, once said. For the many years I’ve spent studying Plath, I’ve worried that I might be behaving this way, too, that even my disdain for what I see as the wrong kind of Plath groupies is proprietary in a way I have no right to be.

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A Constant Current: Water and Loss in Marilynne Robinson’s “Connie Bronson”

If the genius of Marilynne Robinson’s fiction is the central pillar of her popular image, its scarcity is an essential trestle. After publishing her landmark first novel Housekeeping in 1980, Robinson went 24 years without publishing a book of fiction. In that time, she penned two essay collections and the nonfiction book Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution, but just one short story.

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