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Shortly after I picked up ‘Dead Souls,’ my mother died a gruesome, absurd death, and I quickly found that Gogol’s surrealism was not so surreal after all.
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This week, the staff of ‘The Paris Review’ reads Rachel Cusk, Rita Mae Brown, and Cheswayo Mphanza.
Our monthly column Feminize Your Canon explores the lives of underrated and underread female authors.
Hass teaching at St. Mary's College, ca. 1977. Photo courtesy of the author.
Robert Hass read poetry early on, but he first imagined being a fiction writer. And though he would become known around the world for his poems—sometimes giving them titles like “Novella” and “A Story about the Body”—his first publication was a piece of prose fiction in a Faulknerian vein, printed in his college magazine. Later, his dissertation at Stanford combined an analysis of the nineteenth-century novel wit…
In honor of Sigrid Undset’s epic of medieval Norway, Valerie Stivers cooks up barley bread, beef stew, and gingerbread cookies.
Cooking up recipes drawn from the works of various writers.
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This spring, with the world still in on-again, off-again lockdown, our memories of seasons past grow sweeter. The California-based artist Paige Jiyoung Moon makes a practice of recording her memories in paint.