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What Does It Mean to Be a “Real” Writer?

Talent is like obscenity: you know it when you see it. It’s something that can’t be defined, only recognized—an irreducible and unteachable entity, like charisma or humor, and its confirmation all the more coveted for being so. In his…

The Forgotten History of Jewish Arab Life

A playful photo of Hayoun's family in Tunis, in the late 1940s.(Photo: Courtesy of Massoud Hayoun)I am a Jewish Arab. For many, I'm a curiosity or a detestable thing. Some say I don't exist, or if I did, I no longer do. I reject these

Natasha Trethewey Reads Charles Wright

Natasha Trethewey joins Kevin Young to read and discuss Charles Wright’s poem “Toadstools,” and her own poem “Repentance.” Trethewey, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the…
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