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In order to support his young family, William Faulkner took a job shoveling coal at a power plant on Ole Miss’s campus. Mussklprozz/Wikimedia Commons

Under the spell of a generator’s thrum, a Faulkner masterpiece was born

Slated to be demolished this year, a crumbling brick building on Ole Miss' campus once operated as a power plant where novelist William Faulkner shoveled coal – and feverishly wrote.
The Atticus of To Kill a Mockingbird and the ‘new’ Atticus of Go Set a Watchman come across as caricatures in today’s context. Galaxy fm/flickr

The irrelevancy of Go Set a Watchman

The hoopla surrounding the novel's release is misguided; after all, how much power could a novel written 50 years ago wield in today's charged environment?
Former US Poet Laureate Philip Levine (1928-2015) was down to earth and humble. But he spared no rage towards those he deemed selfish and narcissistic. Brooklyn Book Festival/Flickr

Remembering former poet laureate Philip Levine

Kate Daniels, the director of Vanderbilt's creative writing program, recalls the life and work of her mentor, a man " creating gritty and empathetic portraits of American blue collar workers."
Alex Prager’s work invites belief in the vocabulary of hope. © Alex Prager, courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

The American Dream is yours, and this is your wake-up call

LA photographer Alex Prager is currently exhibiting short films and film stills at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. There is something authentic behind the artifice of her highly staged…
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush in 2007. Larry Downing/Reuters

What should readers look for in Harper Lee’s new novel?

The announcement of the upcoming publication of Go Set a Watchman – a sequel to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird actually written before the famous novel – has, not surprisingly, set off a flurry of…
The author of The Catcher in the Rye wanted privacy – but that hasn’t stopped biographers and memoirists delving into his personal life. Rakka

J.D. Salinger: the outsider everybody wants to get to know

More than 60 years after The Catcher in the Rye was first published, and four years on from his death in 2010, American author J.D. Salinger continues to divide people. He even divides some people from…

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