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On America’s Wild West of Dinosaur Fossil Hunting
William Harlow Reed was walking home from a successful antelope hunt during the summer of 1877 when he stumbled across several large fossil bones weathering out of a hillside near Como Station in southeastern Wyoming. At the time, Reed was employed a
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On Toxic Corporate Culture in Contemporary Fiction
It was 1994 and I was 23 years old, working at Goldman Sachs and attending yet another one of those boring, fancy group business dinners, when a British man named Ashley, who was our computer support person, looked across the table at me and said, “E
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How a Single Violent Crime Tells the Story of U.S.-Japan Relations in Okinawa
On the evening of April 28th, 2016, Rina Shimabukuro put on her red sneakers and black parka to go out for a walk. Twenty years old, Rina was an office worker with long, dark hair and girlish bangs. She stood about five feet tall, and when she smiled
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Annie Proulx on One of Her Favorite Short Stories
Not long ago I read a collection of essays by contemporary British writers, edited by Antonia Fraser, The Pleasure of Reading (1992). The childhood experiences that brought these writers to books were remarkably similar: illness with long weeks abed,
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Kristen Arnett on How She Got Her Start as a Librarian
Greetings from Florida! Sunshine state native Kristen Arnett shares her personal stories about growing up in Orlando, being a queer writer, her family dynamics and . . . the art of taxidermy. Mostly Dead Things has been described as “Arnett’s vision
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We’re Doomed. Now What? Roy Scranton on Climate Change
Is there a better introduction to writer and climate change philosopher Roy Scranton than to slowly read aloud the titles he’s published to date? First, his breakout eco-manifesto from 2015: Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End
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Viet Thanh Nguyen on What David Wong Louie Meant to Him at 20
David Wong Louie’s first book, Pangs of Love: Stories, was published in 1991. Books by Asian American authors are now released at least monthly, but back then, the emergence of a new Asian American author was a significant event. Twenty-seven years l
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The Grand Cultural Influence of Octavia Butler
Tomorrow, June 22, would have been legendary SF novelist and short story writer Octavia Butler’s 72nd birthday. She died in 2006—much too young, at only 58—already a certified genius who had a profound impact on many readers and writers across the wo
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On the Tricky Business of Creating a National Anthology: Irish Edition
“I feel like a real Irish cailín,” tweeted the Chinese-born writer Yan Ge. A copy of Being Various: New Irish Short Stories had just arrived in the post and she’d seen that her story, “How I fell in love with the well-documented life of Alexander Whe
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On John Wayne, Cancel Culture, and the Art of Problematic Artists
I. The Poetics of Hatred A man and his wife name their son John Wayne. At the baby shower the wife’s best friend pulls her aside: “Maybe it’s not my place to say it, but I just can’t believe you’d name your boy after a racist, a misogynist, a homopho
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The Comic Tragedy Of A Narrator With No Sense Of Self
The One-Liner It’s hard to imagine a book that clashes comedy and tragedy quite so blatantly as Berg, Ann Quin’s 1964 reimagining of the Oedipal myth (read an excerpt here.) Rare enough is a book that begins by stating its intention— A man named Berg
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Gary Shapiro, Tech Optimist, Talks to a Tech Pessimist
There are few more optimistic thinkers about our 21st century technological future than the President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, Gary Shapiro. Gary is the author of the New York Times best-selling Ninja Innovation as well as this
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Previewing the First Ever LGBTQ+ Rare Books Auction
“Queer history has long remained invisible,” writes Eric Marcus in the preface to a catalog of rare LGBTQ+ books and artwork headed to auction in New York on June 20. Little by little in the 50 years since Stonewall, that has changed, and in a bid fo
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Robert Macfarlane: “I Wanted The Reader To Undertake A Descent Into The Darkness.”
In this episode of A Phone Call With Paul Paul Holdengraber speaks with Robert Macfarlane about his new book, Underland, the pleasures and necessities of walking, the threshold experience of the underworld, and the longing for the language of trees.
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The Writer Antonia Pont vs. Envy
“And he who knows how to censure more eloquently and cunningly the weakness of the human Mind is held to be Godly.” –Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics Don’t let that quote up there scare you. My interest in this essay is my interest in, my curiosity about,
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50 of the Best One-Star Reviews of The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray first appeared on June 20th, 1890, in the July issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, to major controversy and no small amount of hostility. According to Nicholas Frankel, editor of an annotated edition of th
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Mona Awad on Horrifying Cuteness and MFA Groupthink
This week on The Maris Review, Maris is joined by Mona Awad, author of Bunny.  On the Bunny aesthetic Maris Kreizman: The descriptions of the girls from the book are so incredible. The aesthetic is so specific. I wrote down while reading Bunny, “Alic
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‘Revolutionary Kiss,’ A Poem by Tina Chang
I had never created man before so I invented my son first as a dream body. In order to create the dream body I must first believe in the force of opposites, a terrible tension of what has existed and the struggle yet to come. And it is true, that I h
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How an Asteroid Could Destroy the World Before Impact
It’s May 2014, just over a year after an asteroid shook Chelyabinsk, and the folks at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have a little problem. There’s another one on the way. It seems that the boys over at NASA have spotted this 300
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Why Does Losing a Pet Hurt So Much?
“Where there is grief, there was love.” –Barbara J. King, How Animals Grieve, 2014 If by some chance you should ever find yourself driving near the village of Loxhill in the southeast of England, you may well start to suspect that you are traveling t
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The Poet and the Monk: An Anne Sexton Love Story
“You are awfully handsome to be a monk,” she started one letter. “You have amazing eyes.” It was two days before Valentine’s Day, 1962. Anne Sexton would keep the monk’s photograph over her desk. Her unlikely muse, this monk—there whenever she wrote
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On America’s First Openly Gay Reporter at a Major Newspaper
The 1980s opened with Randy Shilts in search of full-time employment and struggling with nagging personal issues related to his alcohol and marijuana use. Hope was on the horizon, however, with an opportunity to take an even bigger step up in journal
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So, Gutenberg Didn’t Actually Invent the Printing Press
If you heard one book called “universally acknowledged as the most important of all printed books,” which do you expect it would be? If you were Margaret Leslie Davis, the answer would be obvious. Davis’s The Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of O
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“Perhaps We’re Being Dense.” Rejection Letters Sent to Famous Writers
Here at Literary Hub, we’re big fans of rejection. And why not? Everybody gets rejected at some point, including young, aspiring short story writers who go on to win Nobel Prizes in literature. So here, I’ve collected a few of my favorite writer reje
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On The Weirdness, Wonder, And Terror Of The Contemporary Zoo
At the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, habitats include: –The Cat Canyon –Africa (which includes lions apparently unwelcome in the Cat Canyon) –Night Predators –The Reptile House –Dragons! (exclamation included in official habitat title) –Giraff
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What Anne Sexton Taught Me About… Self-Promotion
A few years ago, when I was checking in at a writer’s conference in Kentucky, the organizer noticed that I was from California. “We were curious about you,” she said. “We don’t get many people from the West Coast.” Even though I knew the woman was be
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What My Writing Nemesis Taught Me About Myself
After years, it finally happened: I was published in a literary magazine alongside Diane, my ultimate writing enemy. The worst part was that her poem was genuinely good, short and elegant and totally over my head. Her bio on the contributors page wa
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How the Adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird Failed Scout Finch
When publishers first decided to print Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, they only ordered a conservative first printing of 5,000 copies. All of those sold so quickly after its release in the summer of 1960 that the novel climbed to The New York Ti
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“Franz Kafka” the Brand, Alive and Well in Prague
On a crisp, spring afternoon in Prague, I stood in front of the massive, mirrored face of Franz Kafka. Every few seconds, the monument to my favorite author whirred and spun from top to bottom, peeling away strips of his head stacked like a Rubik’s C
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On the Intoxicating Power of Forgetting Where You Came From
FEED ON THE PRESENT. Larry Rosenberg, a dharma teacher from the Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge, Massa­chusetts, tells of the time he was in New York City with a free afternoon and his wife suggested that they visit the Tenement Museum, on Man
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