• Anton Chekhov’s correspondence with the lover who became his wife “recounts their elopement in 1901, Olga’s miscarriage the following year, her slow recovery, and Chekhov’s decline while he struggled to write his final play, The Cherry Orchard, culminating with its premiere in January 1904. “
  • New Yorker cartoonist and sitcom writer Alex Gregory discusses comedy writing as the winner of this year’s New Yorker cartoon caption contest is announced.
  • Michael Schaub takes on the latest Plath-and-Hughes-inspired novel:

    There is promise in Little Fugue, but it’s difficult to tell why Anderson needed almost 400 pages to write what could have been boiled down to “Ted, Ted, you bastard, I’m through.”


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