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The Writer’s Corner

Nicole Leona Smith’s Writing Space

I rarely write anywhere but at my desk, which is where I write this from now. I have one desk here, in Cambridge, and one desk at my other home, in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  The history of my Newfoundland desk is almost entirely unknown to me, and that’s because I stole it. The little blue […]

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What’s Marco Melfi Reading?

Imagine an award winning author abandoning their dominant language to learn a new one–not out of necessity but pure desire. This is what Jhumpa Lahiri, fiction writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, does. In her 2016 memoir, In Other Words, Lahiri describes how her obsession to learn Italian required more than courses, tutors and just visits […]

Finding the Form with Beth Kaplan

For decades, I’d wanted to write an essay about my visit with the famous artist Alice Neel, who painted a portrait of my father in 1949. I knew my parents had been friendly with Neel and her lefty gang in New York in the late forties, though had no idea to what degree. Going through […]