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‘You Don’t Understand What This Is Doing to Me’

In the age of anti-heroes Tony Soprano reigned supreme. In his new book James Andrew Miller explores the toll the character took on James Gandolfini.
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The Fiction of the Color Line

From Nella Larsen to Mariah Carey, Black women writers have long used passing stories to crack our façades of race, class, and gender.
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Fear and Loathing in ‘Asian America’

In The Loneliest Americans, Jay Caspian Kang tries but fails to restore meaning to an empty term.
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