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By Elizabeth Alexander
The Light of the World is the memoir by the poet Elizabeth Alexander (she read her poem "Praise Song for the Day" at President Obama's second inaugural) that tells of what came before and after her husband's sudden death of a heart attack at age 50.Read more
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As the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale launches, we remember this sprawling, turn-of-the-century novel that brings Gilead sharply to mind.
- Need to Know
The Testaments, a long-anticipated sequel to 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale, revisits dystopian Gilead 15 years later.
- Good Sh*t
Bertrand Russell wrote more than 4,000 publications, but perhaps none is more thoughtful than his essay on growing old.
A writer who was considered a bad influence on Muslim youth during her lifetime is celebrated as an iconoclast today.
Poet Natalie Clifford Barney became a champion of gay rights, simply by refusing to follow the rules.