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Paris Review - Marilynne Robinson, The Art of Fiction No. 198

Interviewed by Sarah Fay<p>Issue 186, Fall 2008<p>Robinson in 2005.<p>When Marilynne Robinson published her first novel, <i>Housekeeping</i>, in 1980, she was unknown in the literary world. But an early review in <i>The New York Times</i> ensured that the book would be noticed. “It’s as if, in writing it, she broke through …

Literature

Paris Review - Mark Strand, The Art of Poetry No. 77

Interviewed by Wallace Shawn<p>Issue 148, Fall 1998<p>Mark Strand was born in 1934 on Prince Edward Island in Canada. His parents were from the United States. His father did many different things—you could call him a businessman—and his mother was at different times a schoolteacher and an archaeologist. …

Literature

If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again

Investigative reporter Julia Angwin was curious what Google knew about her, so she asked the company for her search data. "It turns out I had been doing about 26,000 Google searches a month ... and I was amazed at how revealing they were," she tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Dave Davies.<p>From NSA sweeps to …

Libyan government forces besiege North Korea-flagged tanker

Rival militia hoped to use tanker to export oil in defiance of central authorities, officials say<p>Libyan government forces and loyal militia fighters have besieged a North Korea-flagged tanker that a rival militia hoped to use to export oil in defiance of central authorities, officials said.<p>Al-Habib …

Aggravated Bibliophilism

You look on the shelf where you keep your dictionaries for the royal-blue-spined glossary of literary terms because you want to see if it contains a simple, concise definition of “metaphor.” You are editing a paper in which the author explains how metaphor can make a complex subject like Einstein’s …

Slave trade documents among illegal Foreign Office cache

Papers might provide information for people seeking compensation for ancestors' suffering, says historian<p>Historic papers about the slave trade are among the enormous cache of public documents that the Foreign Office has unlawfully hoarded in a secret archive, the Guardian has learned.<p>Some of the …