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How a Pope Helped Mussolini Rise to Power

And tried to stop him before it was too late

But then tried to stop him, before it was too late.

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Take the American gothic currents of Joyce Carol Oates; instill the pithy black humor of Sam Lipsyte and the absurdist instincts of George Saunders—minus the sci-fi, futuristic flourishes; add a dose of domestic macabre a la A.M. Homes; invite the open-ended poetry of Lydia Davis but mix it with the sociological precision of Jonathan Franzen, and you have something like a recipe for a Lorrie Moore story.

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Lorrie Moore Has a Politics Problem

What happens when fiction abuses the war on terror

Lorrie Moore is as talented as ever. But her attempts at post-September 11 topicality can be excruciating.

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How it became OK for musicians to reject popular appeal.

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Sex may be behind every poem ever written, but relatively few are actually about it, and even less are actually ''sexy.

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Malcolm Cowley did as much as anyone to shape the literary canon of the last century. Why did he hold onto Soviet Communism long after other American intellectuals had given it up?

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Which Creates Better Writers: An MFA Program or New York City?

'MFA vs NYC' investigates the relationship between creativity and collectivity

The most important question of this collection of essays isn't related to its central binary so much as to the broader question of how we consider the relationship between creativity and collectivity.

 

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Why Is Robert Gates Angry?

The former Defense Secretary: Indignant, effective, and often wrong.

Robert Gates was one of the most effective secretaries of defense in recent history. He was also one of the most restraineduntil now.

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A psychologist explains why a little bit of narcissism may be good for you.

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