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Girl, Interrupted, 25 years later
Kaysen feels that her story, helped along by the Winona Ryder–starring movie adaptation, has taken on a life of its own.
Read the rest at The Paris Review.
A short distance from Southie, but a world away
The American Dream, that foremost example of the desire to move on up, is an ungratefulness: that to which you were born is simply not good enough. In my family, the upwardly mobile mentality has been passed down from generation to generation like some kind of genetic disease.
Read the rest at Longreads.
Robert F. Kennedy and Edith Hamilton’s Ancient Greece
The tragic nature of Kennedy’s life and death is far more complex than the image of the senator as the President Who Might Have Been.
Read the rest at Ploughshares.
A DACA poet speaks out
In his personal life, Castillo is still attempting to negotiate the chasms of communication that his poetry explores.
Read an update at Medium.
On Donna Zuckerberg’s book on classics and the far-right internet
It becomes obvious by the end of Not All Dead White Men that, along with a desire for ideological validation, red pill forum members repeatedly deploy just a few choice rhetorical strategies.
How 'SMILF' reflect society's changing attitudes toward sexual assault
The show doesn’t shy away from what some might consider to be impolite representations of women.
Read the rest at The Lily.