Lit Hub Weekly: March 13–17, 2023

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TODAY: In 1898, Matilda Joslyn Gage dies at 71. 

Also on Lit Hub:

Why does Philip Roth matter now? • Ann Napolitano on self-doubt and loving basketball • Sarah Ruhl on bringing the words of Max Ritvo to the theater • Kate DiCamillo on seeing The Magician’s Elephant adapted for film • Jesse Lee Kercheval on Joyce Carol Oates and writing fiction based on life • Dani Shapiro revisits her craft book ten years later • Samuel Ligon considers the function of time in fiction (and life) • On racism and basketball in the 1970s • What to expect when you’re expecting a book • What the critics have to say about this year’s 30 NBCC Award finalists • Ghaith Abdul-Ahad looks behind the curtain of post-Saddam Iraq • Elizabeth McKenzie on writing about her geologist mother • Cathleen Schine on finding a charming narrator in a self-conscious age • Wendy Walker remembers a young Paul La Farge • Being the bass player for evangelism • Decoding the messages of trauma written in the skeletons of Argentina’s death flights victims • Is Gillian Anderson’s new anthology of women’s sexual fantasies too restrictive? • Visiting The Met Cloisters, Manhattan’s unlikely oasis of peace • Tracing the origins of James Lovelock, progenitor of Gaia theory • Why authenticity doesn’t exist in food • How China’s government continues to use COVID-19 as a front for totalitarianism, restriction, and surveillance • Veterinarian Karen Fine on coming to terms with performing euthanasia • A call for public acknowledgement in the face of sexual violence

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