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One evening in early April, Katie McKenna was nestled into a corner seat at HiFi, a bar in the East Village. Between sips of her gin and soda, the 30-something-year-old was rehearsing an excerpt of her memoir, which she would be reading later that night as part of Lyrics, Lit & Liquor. Comprised of readings, trivia and performances, the event was featured by Time Out as one of its “Things to Do”—adding to McKenna’s...
“I am, I am, I am,” reads one of the many tattoos Alana Massey uncovers after falling down a late-night Tumblr rabbit hole. The quote is from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, when Esther tries to commit suicide in the bath. And the skin in question belongs to a woman who frequents “the sadder corner of the women’s Internet,” as Massey puts it, an internet subculture that valorizes Plath and dissects the complicated pain...
What do the notions of power and success mean to men and women? How can we balance our need for fulfilling personal lives with a rise to the top? And once we have finished conquering the world, who’s doing the dishes? In The Unmade Bed. The Messy Truth About Men and Women in the 21st Century, Stephen Marche explores what it means to be in a heteronormative marriage in the modern day. Interwoven with...
Balli Kaur Jaswal—author of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, her dark and funny U.S. debut—and my paths crossed in Singapore, as part of the country’s small, tight-knit literary community. I was enchanted by Inheritance, her impressive debut novel that traverses the island-state’s history from 1970 to 1990, the first English-language novel about Singapore’s Punjabi-Sikh diaspora. The novel was published in Australia, where Jaswal lived and worked as a secondary-school English teacher, to great acclaim....

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