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The shape-shifting voice that changed American poetry
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Stealing the Show

Why conservatives killed America’s federally funded theater
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Kurt Cobain and Jenny Holzer on 42nd Street

A chance decision made an iconic photograph. Thirty years later, what does it reveal?
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Jean Stein’s Rolodex

The legendary editor’s social genius
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The “singularity” of criticism stems from the singularity of literature, a unique corner of any world.

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The Critic as Friend

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Critical Navel-Gazing

If criticism is in crisis, it’s not the critic’s problem
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The Afterlife

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Absolute Darkness

A curious disorientation
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When the Dog Bites

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Has something been lost over the past twenty years—or does criticism still thrive? What do we do when we talk about art? Have the ways we evaluate books changed? And perhaps most important of all: What do we need from criticism?

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