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3 books you need to read to understand the Civil War

Workers remove monuments to Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army in the American Civil War, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, a …

Black History

Paris Review - My Show

Anne Carson<p>Issue 151, Summer 1999<p>I was born in the circus. I play the flat man. <br>My voice is flat, my walk is flat, my ironies <br>move flatly out to sock you in the eye.<p>Hands, feet, vowels, hair, shadow, feelings of community, <br>strings (you do not see) all flat. <br>The epic model I guess I'll<p>pass over. …


The Rot within Right-Wing Media Is Bigger than Fox News

After O’Reilly’s downfall, a conservative columnist speaks out about the right’s moral failure.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>As the <b>Bill O'Reilly</b> affair underscores, what writer <b>Maureen Orth</b> tagged the Celebrity-Industrial Complex includes lots of journalists, …

Donald Trump

Aeneid VI by Seamus Heaney review – through ‘death’s dark door’ with Virgil

The last work Heaney finished before he died in 2013, this stirring translation of the best book in the Latin epic poem takes us into the underworld<p>At school, in an era much closer to the classical age than we are now, I had a bit of a nasty run-in with Book IV of the <i>Aeneid</i> in Latin, and so I …


The best epically long books to binge-read on winter nights

Readers know all about summer reading: Juicy, plot-driven page-turners that are a breeze to read through sun-induced headaches, or can be picked up and put down between dips in the pool. But in winter, you need a different kind of book: one with a good existential crisis, or a very, very deep …