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Artificial Joys or Sorrows

When James Baldwin published Giovanni’s Room in 1956, nobody knew what to make of it.  After his debut novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Baldwin was hailed as The Next Voice of Black America.  How to read, then, its follow up, which details the lives of gay, white expatriates in Paris?  It wasn’t until the 1980s […]

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Bracelets. Silk. A Hairdo.

As Dangerous Liaisons ends—with a specter of the guillotine projected behind aristocrats playing cards—so begins David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette.  But historical truth isn’t the point here, which is fitting since the French Queen is best remembered for a mistranslation of an apocryphal story: in Rousseau Confessions, the author refers to a “great princess” who, upon […]

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If in the First Act You Have Hung a Pistol On the Wall…

In the winter of 1932, Hitler discovered one of his trusted colonels in the company of a thirteen-year-old boy.  He removed all but one bullet from a 9mm Luger, handed it to the man and left the room, expecting him to do the honorable thing.  But the colonel valued his own life more than Hitler’s. […]

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