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The Profound Emptiness of ‘Resilience’ — 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.

Mary Gaitskill and the Life Unseen — 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.…

Nov 02, 2015

On a bristling, moving encounter with Mary Gaitskill & her continuing investigation of hidden life, by @parul_sehgal…

Nov 02, 2015

.@parul_sehgal wrote the hell out of this profile of Mary Gaitskill. Read immediately.

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Is Cultural Appropriation Always Wrong? — 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?

Sep 29, 2015

"Can some kinds of appropriation shatter stereotypes?" @parul_sehgal on the vexing q. of cultural borrowing v theft…

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Inside the List - — 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 #readlucia #luciaberlin

Aug 31, 2015

Using the graphic novel to free Proust from a "ghetto of snobs"

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How ‘Privilege’ Became a Provocation — 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."…

Jul 14, 2015

.@parul_sehgal thinks through the subtle shades of the word "privilege" and why it is instant kindling…

Jul 14, 2015

RT @sashagila: .@parul_sehgal thinks through the subtle shades of the word "privilege" and why it is instant kindling…

Jul 14, 2015

this is pretty excellent. // How ‘Privilege’ Became a Provocation

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‘Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty’ — 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 — 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 — 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…

Jun 01, 2015

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

Jun 01, 2015

A big smart omnibus piece by @parul_sehgal on parenting & literature: 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.…

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.…

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The 2010 Listen-Up Awards — 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.
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Nov 27, 2015

RT @nxthompson: The hatred of Planned Parenthood isn't only bc it offers abortion; it's also bc it helps the poor.

Nov 25, 2015

RT @brainpicker: My NYT review of @lirarandall’s fantastic book ‘Dark Matter & the Dinosaurs' How I read it: https:…

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