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A new look at the lost history of one of America's lowest moments

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Daniel Alarcón's Haunting Political Fiction

The case for South America's continued importance

The Peruvian-born novelist Daniel Alarcón has become one of the most important modern voices for the countries south of the border.

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The Italian classic that is the least known masterpiece of European Literature

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What Jane Austen Would Have Thought About the Kardashians

Pretension remains the greatest social crime—and authenticity the greatest virtue.

She loved authenticity, chided pretension, and may well have loved them.

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Looking back, the interview on January 30, 2009 would prove to be a game-changer for Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The authors were reporting their book Game Change, which would, upon its release the following year, spend seven weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list, turn the duo into journalistic celebrities, and beget the sure-to-sell follow-up, Double Down, which came out earlier this week.

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Albert Camus Thought That Life Is Meaningless

April 26, 1946: Nicola Chiaramonte Reviews 'The Stranger'

Albert Camus was born on this day in 1913.

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Before You Reboot the NSA, Think About This

The paradox of reforming the secrecy-industrial complex

Think the courts or Congress or the bureacracy can reform the NSA? Think again.

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Does therapy help or hurt the writing process?

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On this day in 1930, Upton Sinclair won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Patchett only skims the surface of her own life.

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