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Unrealized Constraints in Love and in Literature

Unrealized Constraints in Love and in Literature

VIVEK SHRAYA’S SLIM and eminently readable novel She of the Mountains has the distinct air of a roman à clef. He tells his tale in a point-counterpoint style, interweaving energetic and engaging pa...

Seeing Like an Exile

Seeing Like an Exile

IN “REFLECTIONS ON EXILE” (1984), Edward Said described exile as a rift between the self and its true home, an essential sadness that can never be surmounted. Fifteen years later, Ann Cheng propos...

The Long Haul of Love

The Long Haul of Love

IN HIS EARLY CHILDHOOD, Kazuo Ishiguro’s family left their home in Nagasaki, Japan, for a Southern England small town, and he was forced to adjust. In his early adulthood, Ishiguro failed to fulfill...

Minding Other People’s Business: On Dawn Powell

Minding Other People’s Business: On Dawn Powell

LAST YEAR, I bought Dawn Powell’s novel A Time to Be Born for less than two dollars from a used bookstore. I didn’t know much about Powell or her work, but I somehow knew her name. The opening par...

Memories of a Chicana Falsa

Memories of a Chicana Falsa

MICHELE SERROS WROTE for the same reasons many of us write — to share stories, to tell jokes, to tackle issues, to make a living. But, on top of all that, or maybe even before all of it, I believe s...

A Short Story Can Ruin Your Life

A Short Story Can Ruin Your Life

CHARLES BAXTER’S new story collection There’s Something I Want You to Do contains an epigraph, taken from Primo Levi: It is common knowledge that nobody is born with a decalogue already formed, ...

A Wishful Fear and a Fearful Wish

A Wishful Fear and a Fearful Wish

IN HIS RECENT COLUMN for Esquire, “A Thousand Words About Our Culture,” Stephen Marche argues that “the forms of genre — science fiction, fantasy, the hardboiled detective story, the murder my...

The Long View

The Long View

EARLY ON, Thomas McGuane’s novels, The Sporting Club (1969), The Bushwhacked Piano (1971), and particularly Ninety-Two in the Shade (1973), caught the eyes of the critics for their manic characters ...

Jonathan Lethem, the Elephant Man

Jonathan Lethem, the Elephant Man

If everyone is continually executing interpretive strategies and in that act constituting texts, intentions, speakers, and authors, how can any one of us know whether or not he is a member of the same...

Memory, Trauma, and the Diasporic Subject

Memory, Trauma, and the Diasporic Subject

UNRAVELING THE “distinct problematic” of forgetting and forgiveness — a dyad crucial to the survival of traumatic injury like that represented in this, Salah el Moncef’s complex and, finally,...