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The Painful Consequences of ‘Erasure’

nytimes.com — Efforts to force collective amnesia are as old as conquest. The Roman decree damnatio memoriae - ''condemnation of memory'' - punished individuals by destroying every trace of them from the city, down to chiseling faces off statues. It was considered a fate worse than execution.
Feb 02, 2016

.@parul_sehgal, excellent on erasure in its many forms. So now are there enough pieces for an essay collection? nytimes.com/2016/02/07/mag…

Feb 02, 2016

The sinister art of "erasing" black folks from cultural/contemporary history. via NYTimes mobile.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/mag… pic.twitter.com/Dut16ITHCE

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Book club and discussion.

slate.com — Trying to discuss a Jonathan Franzen novel without digressing into the Franzen publicity storm is somewhat like attempting to make the eggplant emoji mean "eggplant." But this month, critics Meghan O'Rourke, Parul Sehgal, and Katy Waldman do their best with Purity , a sweeping, Dickensian book about a young woman in search of her origins.

Invisible Designs

nytimes.com — Bohumil Hrabal died only once - in Prague, on Feb. 3, 1997 - but there are at least two versions of the story. In the first, Hrabal - one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century; the scourge of state censors; the gregarious bar hound and lover of gossip, beer, cats and women (in roughly that order) - slipped from a window while feeding birds at the hospital where he was being treated for arthritis.
Jan 12, 2016

What you want is @parul_sehgal to have her own column in The New York Times Book Review. Here's her debut: nyti.ms/1RjV8SN

Jan 12, 2016

RT @PamelaPaulNYT: What you want is @parul_sehgal to have her own column in The New York Times Book Review. Here's her debut: nyti.ms/1RjV8SN

Jan 12, 2016

RT @PamelaPaulNYT: What you want is @parul_sehgal to have her own column in The New York Times Book Review. Here's her debut: nyti.ms/1RjV8SN

Jan 12, 2016

"He is a spider of a writer: subtle and sly, patient, with invisible designs" @parul_sehgal tearing it up, per usual nyti.ms/1RJB9vt

Jan 12, 2016

RT @PamelaPaulNYT: What you want is @parul_sehgal to have her own column in The New York Times Book Review. Here's her debut: nyti.ms/1RjV8SN

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The New York Times

Dec 17, 2015

The New York Times Book Review has a swanky new online home. Come on in. nyti.ms/1IWUF6e

Dec 17, 2015

RT @PamelaPaulNYT: The New York Times Book Review has a swanky new online home. Come on in. nyti.ms/1IWUF6e

The Profound Emptiness of ‘Resilience’

nytimes.com — There are many versions of the bird's death, but in each, it rises the same way - out of its own ashes and into the sun. The myth of the phoenix, that symbol of endurance, began in Arabian and Egyptian folklore and was brought to the West by Herodotus 2,500 years ago.
Dec 01, 2015

"Demands for 'resilience' have become a cleverly coded way to shame those speaking out against injustices." nytimes.com/2015/12/06/mag…

Dec 01, 2015

RT @parul_sehgal: "Demands for 'resilience' have become a cleverly coded way to shame those speaking out against injustices." nytimes.com/2015/12/06/mag…

Dec 01, 2015

The ever brilliant @parul_sehgal on the "profound emptiness of ‘resilience’" nyti.ms/1QaP2C2 I have always hated this word.

Dec 01, 2015

"Why rise from the ashes w/o asking why you had to burn?" @parul_sehgal on "resilience," a "profoundly hollow" word: nytimes.com/2015/12/06/mag…

Dec 01, 2015

RT @lpolgreen: The ever brilliant @parul_sehgal on the "profound emptiness of ‘resilience’" nyti.ms/1QaP2C2 I have always hated this word.

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Mary Gaitskill and the Life Unseen

nytimes.com — When the writer Mary Gaitskill was a child in the 1950s, she was once taken to a roller-skating rink. She looked around and burst into tears. She didn't understand why everybody was wearing the same thing, those poodle skirts and poodle hairdos.
Nov 02, 2015

.@parul_sehgal's NYTmag profile of Mary Gaitskill is all about connecting, or what happens when you don't quite. nytimes.com/2015/11/08/mag…

Nov 02, 2015

On a bristling, moving encounter with Mary Gaitskill & her continuing investigation of hidden life, by @parul_sehgal nytimes.com/2015/11/08/mag…

Nov 02, 2015

.@parul_sehgal wrote the hell out of this profile of Mary Gaitskill. Read immediately. nyti.ms/1OiVyHU

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Is Cultural Appropriation Always Wrong?

nytimes.com — It's a truth only selectively acknowledged that all cultures are mongrel. One of the first Indian words to be brought into English was the Hindi ''loot'' - ''plunder.'' Some of the Ku Klux Klan's 19th-century costumes were, of all things, inspired in part by the festival wear of West African slaves; the traditional wax-print designs we associate with West Africa are apparently Indonesian - by way of the Netherlands.
Sep 29, 2015

I love this read: Is Cultural Appropriation Always Wrong? nyti.ms/1VoEDCl

Sep 29, 2015

"Can some kinds of appropriation shatter stereotypes?" @parul_sehgal on the vexing q. of cultural borrowing v theft nytimes.com/2015/10/04/mag…

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Inside the List - NYTimes.com

nytimes.com — Proust For The People: Almost 100 years after his death, Marcel Proust has finally cracked the best-seller list. Sort of. The French artist Stéphane Heuet's illustrated interpretation of "Swann's Way," the first volume of Proust's sprawling semiautobiographical novel "In Search of Lost Time," is at No.
Aug 27, 2015

RT @readluciaberlin: Another mention in The New York Times. “perfectly, pungently Berlin” Inside the List nyti.ms/1PBbYIj #readlucia #luciaberlin

Aug 31, 2015

Using the graphic novel to free Proust from a "ghetto of snobs" trov.es/1KnBeUn

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How ‘Privilege’ Became a Provocation

nytimes.com — This spring, the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie put a new spin on the commencement speech, that most staid of genres. Speaking at Wellesley College, she didn't emphasize how the graduates had been helped by their education, but how they had been hindered by it.
Jul 14, 2015

"It’s the fumbling hope that acknowledging privilege could offer some temporary absolution for having it." mobile.nytimes.com/2015/07/19/mag…

Jul 14, 2015

.@parul_sehgal thinks through the subtle shades of the word "privilege" and why it is instant kindling nytimes.com/2015/07/19/mag…

Jul 14, 2015

RT @sashagila: .@parul_sehgal thinks through the subtle shades of the word "privilege" and why it is instant kindling nytimes.com/2015/07/19/mag…

Jul 14, 2015

this is pretty excellent. // How ‘Privilege’ Became a Provocation nyti.ms/1fFaam1

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