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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…

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‘Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty’

nytimes.com — Marilyn Minter is partial to spit, ­spatter and redheads. Hers is a "Black Mass brand of femininity," in the words of the poet Eileen Myles, and she's become best known for candy-colored shots of dirty feet in designer heels, puffy pubic hair, navels ringed with beads of sweat; paintings and photographs that blur high art and high fashion, photorealism and abstraction.

Review: Vendela Vida’s ‘The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty’ Offers Freedom to Escape

nytimes.com — Vendela Vida's heroines have a particular talent for suffering. When their marriages cool or ancient family secrets worm into the light, these women take their troubles on holiday. They prefer to do their grieving somewhere picturesque: the Philippines (" And Now You Can Go," 2003), Finland ( "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name," 2007), Turkey ("The Lovers," 2010).

Mothers of Invention

bookforum.com — AS AN INSTITUTION, the family is in the curious position of being regarded as both crucial to human survival and inimical to human freedom. It bears a note of bondage down to its root; family, that wonderfully warm, nourishing-sounding word (it's the echo of mammal, mammary, mama, I suspect), derives from the Latin familia, a group of servants, the human property of a given household, from famulus, slave.
Jun 01, 2015

My @bookforum essay on radical narrative possibilities of family life (feat Jenny Offill, Maggie Nelson & more) is up bookforum.com/inprint/022_02…

Jun 01, 2015

RT @Nosowsky: Yup, we're in a radical moment for writing on motherhood, caretaking, family. @parul_sehgal smartly surveys the field bookforum.com/inprint/022_02…

Jun 01, 2015

A big smart omnibus piece by @parul_sehgal on parenting & literature: bit.ly/1I2wFx1 As ever, she & I half-disagree, but it's great.

Jun 01, 2015

So it turns out that I will read @parul_sehgal on pretty much any topic. Here she is on new narratives on parenthood. bookforum.com/inprint/022_02…

Jun 01, 2015

RT @lpolgreen: So it turns out that I will read @parul_sehgal on pretty much any topic. Here she is on new narratives on parenthood. bookforum.com/inprint/022_02…

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The 2010 Listen-Up Awards

publishersweekly.com — In a year that kicked off with the rumbling of Eyjafjallajökull and stayed somber, we turned to audiobooks for escapism and edification-and we got more than we bargained for.

Review: ‘The Edge Becomes the Center’ Explores the Rubble of Rebuilding

nytimes.com — "Thrive, cities," Walt Whitman wrote in "Crossing the Brooklyn Ferry," one of his great love songs to urban life. "Expand" but "Keep your places."

How ‘Flawless’ Became a Feminist Declaration

nytimes.com — The word "flaw" is some 700 years old. It was born from fire and ice, first used to mean "ember" and "snowflake" - some fragment of a whole gone astray. It evolved to signify "defect," initially in surfaces and soon after in character.
Mar 29, 2015

Here are a few reasons, starting with @parul_sehgal's perfect essay on how "flawless" became a feminist declaration: mobile.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/mag…

Mar 29, 2015

RT @miralowe: How ‘Flawless’ Became a Feminist Declaration nyti.ms/1IpeNsS

Mar 29, 2015

How ‘Flawless’ Became a Feminist Declaration, via @nytimes Fabulous flawless essay. nytimes.com/2015/03/29/mag…

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‘Huck Finn’s America’ by Andrew Levy

nytimes.com — The famous preface to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" reads like a goad: "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot." No book is as regularly ransacked.
Feb 04, 2015

Whenever @parul_sehgal puts her fingers on the keyboard I pay attention. This great Huck Finn piece is why. nytimes.com/2015/02/05/boo…

Feb 04, 2015

RT @lpolgreen: Whenever @parul_sehgal puts her fingers on the keyboard I pay attention. This great Huck Finn piece is why. nytimes.com/2015/02/05/boo…

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Book club guide and discussion.

slate.com — To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of My Brilliant Friend, click the arrow on the player below. Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab This month, David Haglund, Katy Waldman, and New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal discuss My Brilliant Friend, the first of reclusive writer Elena...

‘The Wallcreeper’ Is Nell Zink’s Debut Novel

nytimes.com — You don't read Nell Zink so much as step into the ring with her. Every sentence is a jab or feint, rigged for surprise. Every word feels like a verb. The plot leaps will give you vertigo. Her debut novel, "The Wallcreeper," is a very funny, very strange work of unhinged brilliance - rude sex comedy meets environmental tract.
Dec 02, 2014

RT @lynchmegan: Many exciting things in this sentence: @parul_sehgal reviews Nell Zink's 'The Wallcreeper' in tomorrow's NYT!: nyti.ms/1FLWNbm

Dec 03, 2014

Parul Sehgal, wielding her fine, wit-laced, pointy pen: nyti.ms/1FLWNbm

Dec 03, 2014

I review my favorite debut of the year, Nell Zink's profoundly weird (and brilliant) THE WALLCREEPER, in today's NYT nytimes.com/2014/12/03/boo…

Dec 03, 2014

.@parul_sehgal is good to have around if you need a Dean & Deluca run, or a brilliantly written review: nyti.ms/1ym6Stt

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Jul 28, 2015

RT @PamelaPaulNYT: James Parker, in fine form, kicks some Big Name Authors out of the canon: nyti.ms/1LSQSqD

Jul 20, 2015

RT @repjohnlewis: Even though I was arrested, I smiled bc I was on the right side of history. Find a way to get in the way #goodtrouble pic.twitter.com/SN0K6lHbqO

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