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Cult of the Literary Sad Woman

The first time I read Jean Rhys’s “Good Morning, Midnight,” I was 22 and deeply committed to a life of volcanic feeling: doomed love affairs, binge drinking and other tentatively self-destructive hobbies. I needed blueprints for my epic sadness, and no one captured epic sadness as well as Jean Rhys, …

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What Is the Meaning of Sacred Texts?

“Because it does not conform to modern scientific and historical norms, many people dismiss Scripture as incredible and patently ‘untrue,’ but they do not apply the same criteria to a novel, which yields profound and valuable insights by means of fiction,” Armstrong writes. “A work of art, be it a …

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