The Federal Writers’ Project offers vital lessons for capturing the oral histories of ordinary Americans living through the coronavirus pandemic.
From his novels Candy and The Magic Christian to his work on Dr. Strangelove and Barbarella, Terry Southern sought to expose madness.
Let us pause now and give thanks.
In this short story a graduate student makes a deal with the devil: Write my dissertation and my soul is yours.
The Italian American poet and artist's “willingness to speak” about what was culturally unspeakable was a liberation.
Beah Richards is best known as an actor, but in 1951 she wrote a sweeping poem that influenced the Civil Rights Movement.
Frank London Brown’s 1959 novel, which presents a powerful story of white supremacist hatred, has been selected for the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.
In a famous essay, a scholar uncovered difficult truths about Alger, whose name has been associated with the "rags to riches" myth.
Euphemisms can hide facts that need to be confronted. How do they work from a linguist's point of view?
Rebecca Harding Davis had no firsthand experience of iron mills. Neither does her nameless narrator.