New Year’s Resolution: Let’s Get Real

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It’s a(n arbitrarily) new year, as Neil deGrasse Tyson points out—there is no astronomical significance associated with January 1st. It’s just the point when the Gregorian calendar year starts over, and in many ways, so do we. Not because there’s one point where it’s possible to start over—that possibility is open to us at any time, though it often seems … Read More

Recommended Reading: Octavia’s Daughters

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The Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, highfalutin’ literary author though he may be, has famously mourned the fact that there will be no more Octavia Butler books. The iconic Black author, who won both a PEN Lifetime Achievement Award and a MacArthur “Genius” grant—not to mention the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Locus—died in 2006, leaving behind her nearly twenty … Read More

Recommended Reading: Season of the Witch

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In this month’s column for LitReactor, I share six dark fairy tales that everyone should read–by the end of the month, of course–by the women who reinvented the form: Angela Carter, A.S. Byatt, Kelly Link, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, and Karen Joy Fowler. The term fairy tale is often deployed for things that seem too good to be true (say, a fairy … Read More

Coming Home to Hart

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I’m from a small town in rural West Michigan, and this week, I returned to my hometown library a published author. Though it wasn’t a huge crowd–maybe twenty or so–extra chairs had to be brought out to accommodate those in attendance, among them my old teachers, former neighbors, and high school classmates. The questions were personal and intelligent and heartfelt, … Read More