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Miss Bossypants Meets Virginia Woolf in ‘The Fame Lunches’

Daphne Merkin talks about orphaned dolls, Swedish mattresses, and her ragbag of luminous essays

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Simon Schama’s Essay Contest for Students

Writing prompt asks high schoolers to examine how stories shape our identies

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Wayne Koestenbaum’s Seriously Campy, Anti-Dandy, Big Gay Collection of Essays

The virtuoso of queer theory’s rhetorically playful and nuanced prose on AIDS, Lana Turner, and the ‘imminence of nothingness’

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Nora Ephron’s Character

The famed screenwriter, who died Tuesday at 71, single-handedly invented a new kind of woman

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Elsewhere

In the new Alibis, a revealing collection of essays, André Aciman finds in his exiled Egyptian life a quintessential diasporic Jewish identity