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On Being and Becoming

Fanny Howe’s latest, The Needle’s Eye, is a category-blurring journey of one’s passage through youthFanny Howe’s books do not come easily categorized. Often noted for her several books of poetry and — that encompassing term — “prose,”…

Ted Wilson Reviews the World: My Potato Sack

★★★★☆ (4 out of 5)Hello, and welcome to my week-by-week review of the world. Today I am reviewing my potato sack.With the exception of potato farmers, these days almost no one wants a potato sack. And it’s exactly that lack of demand which…

LitHub Daily: January 6, 2017

TODAY: In 1917, Maeve Brennan, Irish-born short story writer and journalist, is born. Would Hollywood even exist without books? Your essential literary guide to this Sunday’s Golden Globes. | Literary Hub Emily Fridlund offers her personal…

The Evolution of Sex Writing

In setting out to write Future Sex, Emily Witt hoped to define what she once considered an “interim state”: the sexual identity of being a single woman unconstrained by long-term reciprocated love and partnership. The language used to…

11 Classics of the New Gothic Canon

I was a child who ached to see ghosts. I imagined the bedroom furniture had been rearranged by invisible hands, that the woods behind my house recorded the tread of wandering dead people. Because I was basically safe and well-loved, it was…

The True Story of Rastafari

David McFadden/AP ImagesA mural of Leonard Howell in Tredegar Park, near where the first Rastafari community was formed in the 1930s, Spanish Town, Jamaica, January 4, 2014 In the postcard view of Jamaica, Bob Marley casts a long shadow.…

Heritage of Smoke

Jovan brushed his teeth, had a glass of cold water, and inhaled deeply. The water tasted a bit metallic, as though it had come through rusty pipes, but maybe it was his bleeding gums. He spat out white spittle, so it wasn’t his gums. He…