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Sayaka Murata’s ‘Convenience Store Woman’

Author’s Comic Novel Imbued with Devilish Sense of Humor

The author’s comic novel is imbued with a devilish sense of humor.

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‘A Terrible Country’ Explores Russia–U.S. Tie

Plot Meanders in Keith Gessen’s Novel, But Writing Is Great

The plot meanders in Keith Gessen’s novel, but the writing is so great most readers won’t mind.

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Tracy K. Smith Interviewed

U.S. Poet Laureate Talks Community, Consideration, and Revelation

U.S. poet laureate talks community, consideration, and revelation.

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Hillary Chute’s ‘Why Comics?’

Comics Scholar’s Book is Social, Cultural History

Comics scholar’s new book reads like a social and cultural history of the United States over the past 80 years.

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‘A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety’

Donald Hall’s Short Essays on Aging, Family

Donald Hall maintains a light touch with his material, highlighting the comedy of his situation.

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Interview with Clara Oropeza

SBCC Prof Writes Book About Anaïs Nin

SBCC English professor writes book about Anaïs Nin.

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‘The Feral Detective’ Is a Page-Turner

Jonathan Lethem’s Novel Follows Mystery in Off-the-Grid Community

Jonathan Lethem’s novel follows mystery in off-the-grid community.

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Interview with Ruth Nolan and Lucille Lang Day

Author/Editors Talk Piecing Together New Ecopoetry Anthology

Author/Editors talk piecing together new ecopoetry anthology.

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Santa Barbara Poets Laureate in Ireland

Seven Readings Over 10 Days

Seven readings over 10 days — a mad dash in service of poetry.

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‘Tyrant’ Compares Shakespeare Villains to President

Stephen Greenblatt’s Book Makes Allusions to Trump

Stephen Greenblatt has written a book about Donald Trump’s presidency without ever mentioning him by name.

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