Rethinking the Eighties: An Interview with Quan Barry

By Elinor Hitt May 8, 2020 At Work Left: Quan Barry, photo courtesy of the author In 1692, a small group of adolescent girls dominated Salem politics, accusing local women and men of witchcraft. The condemned women were often misfits, unfairly deemed dangerous by their kin. The young accusers themselves—their active imaginations stifled by puritanical

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Staff Picks: Mums, Moms, and Mothers

By The Paris Review May 8, 2020 This Week’s Reading Photo: Jane Breakell. In a paper gesture to the fistfuls of wilting dandelions offered by children, and beloved—surely!—by mothers all over the dandelion-growing world, I offer my mother Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. I can remember Mom saying about certain plants, They grow where they are planted;

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My Mother

By Brit Bennett May 8, 2020 Arts & Culture The author’s mother in the seventies. Photo: © Brit Bennett. When my mother first arrived in Washington, D.C., she stepped out of Union Station, entranced by the cherry blossoms. Those pink-and-white flowers blooming from the trees must have looked like a technicolor Oz, far from the

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What Our Contributors Are Reading This Spring

By The Paris Review May 1, 2020 This Week’s Reading Contributors from our Spring issue share their favorite recent finds. Spread from My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris Very late on summer nights when I was a kid, I’d put our crappy pedestal fan on full blast, stick it right beside the couch

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Poets on Couches: Tess Taylor

By Tess Taylor May 1, 2020 Poetry Rx In this series of videograms, poets read and discuss the poems getting them through these strange times—broadcasting straight from their couches to yours. These readings bring intimacy into our spaces of isolation, both through the affinity of poetry and through the warmth of being able to speak

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