What was it like to live through the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Kennedy assassination—from Russia? A correspondent in Moscow in the 1960s reviews Robert Dallek’s latest book on the Kennedy White House.
Wendy Smith on The Grimm Brothers' cautionary tales.
Just unlocked on our website: A young teacher’s inside view of the daily tragedies at a South Central Los Angeles high school. Read Anne Beatty’s Survival Skills.
In this week’s Writing Lessons, novelist Jerome Charyn describes the time he met Saul Bellow.
Everything That Rises Must Converge. The Heart Never Fits its Wanting. Blink. Jessica Love on the most effective book titles.
Happy 100th birthday, Camus. Read Jerry Delaney’s tribute to the Nobel laureate in literature.
You want the bristle hair to stir at the back of the neck. — Stephen Goodwin, The Zen of Short-Story Writing, from The American Scholar's new online series, Writing Lessons
Farewell to Arthur Danto (1924-2013), art critic, philosopher, and New Yorker. Read his Letter to Posterity, published last autumn in The American Scholar.
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"The past needs to be approached from a distance."
—Alice Munro, the newest Nobel Prize in Literature winner, in her short story “What Do You Want to Know For?” from The American Scholar, Summer 2006 (Photo by Kim Stallknecht)
The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received, by Pico Iyer, in The American Scholar's newest blog, Writing Lessons
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