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On the long line of conversion literature from imprisoned writers


Eldridge-cleaverMax Nelson at The Paris Review:

Ruthless self-excoriation, dramatic acts of abandonment, intractable confidence mixed with frightening displays of vulnerability: there’s something unhinged about the line of conversion literature that began with Paul and came to include figures as diverse as...

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American writers and the First World War


TLSMCLOUGHLIN_1182886hKate McLoughlin at the Times Literary Supplement:

In the spring of 1915, Henry James, “sick beyond cure” that he had lived long enough to witness it, gave an interview about the First World War to the New York Times. “One finds it in the midst of all this as hard to apply one’s words...

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Belarusian investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich wins the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature


0,,16549620_303,00The Editor at The Millions:

Belarusian investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature. The selection of a non-fiction writer is a rare development for the Nobel, which has overwhelmingly favored fiction writers over the years.


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Masculinity: Men's makeover

Kelly Rae Chi in Nature:

Historically, women have been the focus of body-image studies. But as men pay more attention to their appearance, researchers are forming a clearer picture of male self-image.

MenInsecurities about body shape and size are a frustratingly common topic of conversation...

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Outlook: Beauty

Herb Brody in Nature:

BeautyThis Outlook is different from most. Instead of focusing on a disease, we move up the hierarchy of human needs above survival, or even health, into the realm of aesthetics. Although beauty could include sunsets and scientific theories, our focus here is on the...

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