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The Ancestral Blessings of Toni Morrison and Paule Marshall

I learned of Toni Morrison’s death at sunrise, and of Paule Marshall’s at sunset. News of Ms. Morrison’s transition, as many of my bereaved friends have called it, quickly spread on social media and via the international press. Word of Ms. Marshall’s passing—another term many

Wish | The New Yorker

This is the seventh story in this summer’s online Flash Fiction series. You can read the entire series, and our Flash Fiction stories from 2017 and 2018, here. I have a wish. It’s an exceptional wish. But I want you to listen. I want you

George Saunders Reads “Elliott Spencer”

Deborah Treisman hosts the author George Saunders, who reads his short story “Elliott Spencer,” from the August 19, 2019, issue of The New Yorker. Source link

Review: The Mild Horror of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”

The mainspring of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” an adaptation of the three-book series (published between 1981 and 1991) of classic macabre and gory tales gleefully retold by Alvin Schwartz, is, oddly, nearly the same as the one that rebooted “Ghostbusters,” in 2016:

Téa Obreht Reimagines the Western

Early in “Inland,” Téa Obreht’s new novel, we find the frontierswoman Nora Lark in the drought-stricken Arizona Territory, managing the fears of her seven-year-old son, Toby, who has discovered strange disturbances in the scrubland surrounding their homestead. The year is 1893. Toby has convinced himself

George Saunders on the Induced Bafflement of Fiction

Your story in this week’s issue, “Elliott Spencer,” involves a scheme in which down-on-their-luck people are “reprogrammed” and deployed as political protesters. I’m guessing that the story was inspired by accusations from Trump and others that Democrats were paying people to protest at his campaign

The Fight to Redefine Racism

Sixteen years ago, in 2003, the student newspaper at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a historically black institution in Tallahassee, published a lively column about white people. “I don’t hate whites,” the author, a senior named Ibram Rogers, wrote. “How can you hate a group

Briefly Noted Book Reviews | The New Yorker

The MVP Machine, by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik (Basic). The “Moneyball” revolution in evaluating baseball players had little to offer on improving performance. But the authors of this engrossing book follow the pitcher Trevor Bauer as he uses high-speed cameras and radar tracking to

Toni Morrison and Nina Simone, United in Soul

Toni Morrison was such an exceptional talent, and seemed to float so high above the fray, that it’s easy to forget she was a product of her time. But she was profoundly influenced by the work of contemporary musicians. She wanted her writing to emulate,

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