Once, when I was a little kid, I tried writing a haiku. I must have been seven or eight years old, and some well-intentioned English teacher must have suggested I try my hand at it. Perhaps she thought I’d be good at it, that being half-Japanese I would have a special aptitude for the form. Perhap…
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Elif Batuman travels to the International Tolstoy Conference in Russia to determine, once and for all, if Leo Tolstoy was murdered.
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When Virginia Woolf was thirteen, she was abused by her half-brother George Duckworth. No one believed her – not even her biographers.
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Best Book of 1919: The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling
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