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Short Stories: Beginnings and Endings

These five short stories—by Naguib Mahfouz, Carmen Maria Machado, Niven Govinden, Margaret Atwood, and Wole Talabi—are about new beginnings. They're also about those unsettling endings that aren't really endings.

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The Galloway Case: Sexual Harassment, Due Process, and Literary Exceptionalism

Steven Galloway's sexual harassment case, and the literary establishment's response to it, reveals a lot about how much work still needs to be done in combating misogyny.

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The Meek Will Not Inherit the Earth in Barbara Kingsolver's 'Flight Behavior'

Barbara Kingsolver trained as a biologist, and like Margaret Atwood, is a passionate advocate of ecological sustainability, using her writing to entertain while educating, thus sugarcoating an otherwise bitter pill.

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Seeing Red in Hillary Jordan's 'When She Woke'

When She Woke operates on a chilling principle: the United States is ruled by a right-wing, evangelical religious party that has deemed abortion illegal.

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On Art and Neurology: Siri Hustvedt's 'Living, Thinking, Looking'

Even in more abstruse moments, when Siri Hustvedt’s forays into the further reaches of neurobiological theory demand multiple re-readings, this is a journey through rarified air, where lesser mortals, lacking PhDs or science backgrounds, rarely go.

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Welcome to the Machine: 'Close to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents'

These days you no longer need a guitar to punish your mom. Armed with a laptop, you can hack into a bank, a credit card transaction, an identity, a government, all from the privacy of a bedroom you rarely, if ever, leave.

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AWP 2012: Writers in the Windy City

10,000 writers descend on Chicago for the annual AWP Conference, and PopMatters' Corey Beasley survives with the help of Margaret Atwood.

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'In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination': Atwood Finds the Connection Between Wells & Orwell

Childhood reading, the emphasis upon obscure texts, and searching out forgotten and under-appreciated works form Margaret Atwood-the-novelist’s DNA.

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The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

If you aren't terrified, you aren't paying attention. Atwood admits to scaring even herself.

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The Handmaid's Tale: Not So Sci-fi

The terrifying, 'it could happen today' message of this story is best told in the Atwood's book, rather than the film version.

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The Tent by Margaret Atwood

Would it be out of line to call Margaret Atwood a cranky old broad?"

Tim O'Neil
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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

For starters, forget that Margaret Atwood is known as a novelist.

Bruce F. MacDonald

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