Los Angeles Review of Books: For the Love of Glamour: American Aristocracy from Twain to Trump

To the memory of Paul Cantor IS ARISTOCRACY the natural condition of mankind? Mark Twain, who loved democracy as much as any major American writer, feared that it was. Twain concluded that humans are eternally in love with badges and ranks and desire their own subjection. In his autobiography, he observed: “Human nature being what […]

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Electric Literature: A Trip to the Underworld is a Rite of Passage for Young Women

Electric Literature: A Trip to the Underworld is a Rite of Passage for Young Women

In Fruit of the Dead, Rachel Lyon sets “a snare for the bloom-like girl.” This novel is a searing, imaginative retelling of Persephone, both memory and warning for any reader raised as a daughter, or parent to one. Cory Ansel—18, aimless, judged beautiful by all but herself—is ferried to the private island owned by Rolo, […]

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