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Rescued by Books: Fostering Teen Literacy in Low-Income Communities

Ruth Ebenstein discusses book deserts, teen literacy, and the work of The Book Truck.

Is Motherhood a Genre?

Sarah Blackwood asks: does treating motherhood as a genre in itself limit our reading of books about motherhood?

Homer and Hatred: On Jordan Peterson’s Mythology

Adam Novy argues that the alt-right’s favorite philosopher, Jordan Peterson, gives a painfully bad reading to the classics.

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