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Maggie Nelson: American classics that influenced the writing of The Argonauts
Lorenzo Carcaterra: Elmore Leonard “brought his characters close enough to life they could be touched”
Elmore Leonard: John Steinbeck “set me free”
Lev Grossman on Ernest Hemingway, verbal membrane, and The Sun Also Rises
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Arthur Phillips probes the “seamless circle” of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire
Karen Russell on how Joy Williams writes the unspeakable
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