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Joan Didion’s Blue Nights

Kimberly Farr reads an excerpt from the memoir Blue Nights (Knopf, 2011) in which Joan Didion writes with stunning frankness about the death of her daughter, Quintana Roo, as well as her own mortality.

Women by Chloe Caldwell

Chloe Caldwell reads an excerpt from her novella, Women, published in October by Short Flight / Long Drive Books. What I know for certain about this time: My pupils were expanding. I never did figure out if this was a symp­tom of falling in love or...

The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum reads two excerpts from her essay collection The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, forthcoming in November from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.  From the Introduction For more than twenty years now I have been making something of...

Descent by Tim Johnston

Tim Johnston reads an excerpt from his novel Descent, published in January by Algonquin Books.From The Life Before Her name was Caitlin, she was eighteen, and her own heart would sometimes wake her—flying away in that dream-race where finish lines...

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón

Ada Limón reads five poems from her new collection, Bright Dead Things, published in September by Milkweed Editions. ADAPTATION It was, for a time, a loud twittering flightof psychedelic-colored canaries: a cloudof startle and get-out in the...

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