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I Grew Up In a Fundamentalist Cult  Like the One in  “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Don’t think Margaret Atwood’s dystopian vision is realistic? I was raised in a conservative Christian cult where women were viewed as submissive birthing vessels.

The Sedan Also Rises

For decades after his death, Ernest Hemingway’s iconic 1955 Chrysler New Yorker was lost somewhere in Cuba—until a determined museum director caught a lucky break, and then...

The Little Prince With a Bronx Twang

Seventy years after an enigmatic French author and aviator disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea, one New Yorker is obsessively determined to keep Antoine de Saint-Exupéry alive.

Snapshots from the Trail of The Last Picture Show

Following a literary legend to the dusty small town that gave him his fame, three budding writers learn Texas-sized lessons on love, loss and lament.

A Tiny Town with the Spirit of Oz

In a sleepy village that birthed America’s most celebrated children’s story, an obsessive crew of volunteers has built the world’s definitive shrine to all things Oz.