Who Has the Loudest Voice?

Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky
January 8, 2015
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All literature offends someone. To offend our fixed ideas, even our most sacred truths, is one of the ways in which writers compel us to think, to question, and to test the limits of our humanity. At KR, we grieve…

The Animal Human

Meg Shevenock
January 6, 2015
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Like many writers, artists, and generally sensitive beings, I think a lot about the emotional porosity of bodies—or perhaps, the capacity for all living beings to be emotionally porous. I love that between two living creatures some combination of intuition,…

Double Meanings in Gray, Frost, and HBO’s Getting On

Isabel Galbraith
January 6, 2015
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A double meaning succeeds when it doesn’t distract from the story. That’s Wallace Stevens’ definition, and in his essay collection The Necessary Angel, Stevens praises masterpieces where the double meaning hangs lightly behind the interesting-in-and-of-itself storyline. My favorite Robert Frost poems…

When Goethe Met Napoleon

Amit Majmudar
January 2, 2015
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  During Napoleon’s 1808 campaign in Germany, he visited his favorite author, Goethe. The two giants of the age met twice, once at Weimar and once at Erfurt. Andrew Roberts’s new biography, Napoleon, devotes a paragraph or two to this…

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