Essays

Essays

Discovering Hélène Bessette

The innovative fiction of a forgotten French writer
Kate Briggs
Essays

Becoming a Playwright

The sources of my storytelling
Michael R. Jackson

Essays

Paul Monette's AIDS Poetry

Turning to The Iliad to survive a great loss
Ellis Jaewon Yeo

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The Screen is a Mirror

Reflections on gender transition in the Zoom era
S. Brook Corfman
Drama

Revising Nat Turner

The afterlives of first drafts
Nathan Alan Davis
Phillip James Brannon performing a scene from Nat Turner in Jerusalem
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The Power of Testimony

Why personal narrative has displaced fiction
Vivian Gornick
An excerpt from Vivian Gornick’s Fierce Attachments on the cover of Village Voice.

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From the Archives

A Legend in My Life

My encounters with the incomparable Greta Garbo
Vincent Price
July 1, 1988
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From the Archives

Making Contact

Encounters with readers
Annie Dillard
July 1, 1988
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From the Archives

Singing with the Fundamentalists

Annie Dillard
January 1, 1985
An abstract print by Jacob van Heemskerck.
Essays

Naming, Being, and Black Experience

Yale’s first Black professor on the presence or absence of names, their status and their scope.
Michael G. Cooke
December 1, 1977
Detail of a microchip
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Creativity, Poetic Language, and the Computer

What's distinctly human about writing a poem?
Marie Borroff
June 1, 1971
An old photograph of a churchyard cemetery. Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
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A Journal of the Plague

The 1918 Influenza
Francis Russell
December 1, 1958
Blue stamps from WWII ration book
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Note on the Home Front

I shall never forget that first winter of gasoline rationing
Eve Riehle
September 1, 1945
A photograph of a London street during WWII.
Essays

After a Visit to England

London during the Blitz
Thornton Wilder
September 1, 1941
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Essays

Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour

Vita Sackville-West
September 1, 1929
A painting of a woman reading at a table.
From the Archives

How Should One Read a Book?

Read as if one were writing it
Virginia Woolf
September 1, 1926