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Dear Diary: Emily Lindin's 'Unslut' exposes slut-shaming

Dear Diary: Emily Lindin's 'Unslut' exposes slut-shaming

Emily Lindin’s middle school diary is not so much an emotional rollercoaster as a runaway train speeding through a nightmarish Boschian hellscape, frequently interrupted by sparkling yet anxiety-inducing preteen fantasies and ‘90s pop-inspired poems. Published in the book “UnSlut: A Diary and Memoir”...

  • Leonardo Padura Fuentes' new novel details the exile and death of Trotsky and the remnants of totalitarian fear

    The Man Who Loved Dogs Leonardo Padura Fuentes Farrar, Straus, and Giroux On August 20, 1940, Ramón Mercader, a Soviet secret agent originally from Spain, pierced Leon Trotsky's skull with an ice axe. Trotsky, one of the most important figures in the Bolshevik Revolution, had been driven into exile...

  • New bio of Big Star's Alex Chilton reveals multifaceted and tragic life

    One morning in 1977, Alex Chilton, 26, former lead singer of the Box Tops and of Big Star, very likely hungover or still drunk, appeared before an American studies class at the University of Texas to discuss his career in music and his thoughts on the present state of rock and roll. "Rock and roll...

  • An interview with Lia Purpura

    Essayist and poet Lia Purpura teaches the craft of writing across the U.S., including at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Washington, and, this fall, at Columbia University. But she has called Baltimore home for more than 20 years, and right now serves as writer in residence at the University of...

  • Associative journeys through the nightmares of American writers

    American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light Iain Sinclair Faber and Faber Eleanor Roosevelt seems like she was generally pretty cool. But that famous, perhaps apocryphal sentence "Great minds discuss ideas, mediocre minds discuss events, small minds discuss people" attributed to her seems...

  • Former steel worker wins prestigious poetry prize

    In the summer of 1970, Afaa Michael Weaver was a clerk recording the weight of the massive tin coils produced at Sparrows Point Steel Mill, tin that would later be turned into soup cans and the like. He used a crayon to mark the coils, which would be warm enough to melt the wax, so his numbers...

  • Lydia Davis is master of white space

    Can't and Won't Lydia Davis Farrar, Straus, and Giroux The latest collection of short stories by Lydia Davis creates full-scale worlds in a single sentence. The End. It would be appropriate-or at least tempting- to review her new collection, Can't and Won't (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), with that...

  • Steven Galloway's new novel grapples with a mind unraveling

    The Confabulist Steven Galloway There is, perhaps, nothing more terrifying than the possibility of being led astray by one's own mind. If we can't trust our own perceptions, memories, or reasoning, then there is no escape-no way to move out of the tortured state of limbo that lies between our own...

  • Box Brown takes pro wrestling very seriously

    Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Box Brown Philadelphia-based cartoonist and professional-wrestling superfan Box Brown, who released Andre the Giant: Life and Legend last week, can easily recall his earliest memory of Andre the Giant. Given his graphic novel's deeply empathetic, warts-and-all portrayal...

  • The Nation's sports editor talks about Brazil's Dance with the Devil

    Razil's Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy Dave Zirin Haymarket Press Earlier this month protests erupted in 10 cities in Brazil, which is set to host matches for soccer's biggest tournament, the World Cup, June 12 to July 13. Brazilians have demonstrated...

  • Worse Than The Blues

    Worse Than The Blues

    How the suburbs made John Fahey more miserable than the meanest bluesmen in Mississippi

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