For pleasure or as a spiritual discipline, bird-watching is “a lesson in respect and humility”
(Re)introducing the “decidedly unsentimental and modern” Constance Fenimore Woolson
New “passion project” documentary Flannery reveals the writer who revealed mysteries
Kathryn Davis on the novels of Jean Stafford: “She never sentimentalized anything”
Shadow Archives: Scholar experiences “the thrill of literary detective work” in collections of Ellison, Petry, and others
“One backward glance” — Daniel H. Weiss on Michael O’Donnell and the tragic era of Vietnam
Love unknown: Thomas Travisano on the life and worlds of Elizabeth Bishop
Nicholas Kristof shifts his focus to the crisis at home: “Attention does make a difference”
The children’s literature of Frances Hodgson Burnett: “values that we need and can relate to” today
David L. Ulin on the early Joan Didion: Dread, disruption, and “a writer responding to her moment”
“Humor at first sight” as James Thurber’s art is celebrated for his 125th birthday
Gary K. Wolfe: Reinvention and revolution in 1960s science fiction
Andrew Blauner: The humanity, humility, and humor of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts
Harold Bloom’s The American Canon: “He is speaking directly to you about his passions”
Thomas Jefferson’s Education: Alan Taylor on the troubled origins of “Mr. Jefferson’s University”
Listen: Lauren Groff introduces the “wickedly smart” Nancy Hale
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