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In Miss Juneteenth, a Mother’s Dream Deferred

In Miss Juneteenth, a Mother’s Dream Deferred

Among the many schadenfreude-themed reality TV shows popular in America in the late 2000s, beauty pageants, particularly those involving children with capped smiles and unhinged mothers, form their own genre. On shows like Toddlers and Tiaras, the entertainment factor came from the obviousness of the con played on the moms, who frequently spent more on…

Reading the Literature of Grief During a Pandemic

Reading the Literature of Grief During a Pandemic

In April, New York magazine’s Molly Young wrote that the ravages of the pandemic had fostered a taste for a milder kind of book. “Now is the time for books that go down like rice pudding,” she said. “Now is the time for sweet, easily digested, soul-swaddling tomes.” I have had the opposite impulse. During…

Matthew McConaughey: actor, philanthropist, professor, and now author. On July 29, the True Detective star revealed he’s been working on a book called Greenlights that’s made up of his personal journal entries and musings from over the years. “This is not a traditional memoir, or an advice book, but rather a playbook based on adventures…