“In a world where the imagined purpose of the novel is to entertain—not to teach or spark further inquiry—The Last Samurai dissents.”
Even the most successful authors—like Phillis Wheatley and W. E. B. Du Bois—fail to publish all they’d like. What can that reveal about literature?
America’s premier literary magazine promises to offer a cosmopolitan view of the world beyond New York City. Does it deliver?
A fundamental truth about bestseller lists? They are not a neutral window into what the public is really reading.
People who use audiobooks are expanding what reading is and can be. But they are also incentivizing publishers to change, in unexpected ways.
Industry is already using data to remake culture. To reverse the tide—to make culture more equitable—we need to decode that data for ourselves.
They claim there is a “People of Donbass.” There is not.
“I didn’t pay much attention to what was being put in the archives… there are letters that, if I had been paying attention, wouldn’t be there.”
Empathy will not close the refugee camps, nor will it aid refugees. So what will?
The “papers” of Toni Morrison can be accessed through a Princeton computer terminal. But where do these digital drafts end, and Beloved begin?
We don’t judge books by their covers, but we do sort people based on which academic presses match their personality types.
“There was something about the resilience of an organization like this. We are the longest-running feminist publishing house in the world.”
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