Joyce Carol Oates

  • I Am Sorry to Inform You
    Eva Häggdahl

    I Am Sorry to Inform You

    In 2008 Joyce Carol Oates lost the husband—Raymond Smith—to whom she’d been married for 48 years. Her recollections of those harrowing early days of widowhood provide a glimpse of Oates as a teacher of writers and as caretaker of the literary magazine she and her husband kept in print for so long.

  • The Human Idea

    How heartily sick the world has grown, in the first seven years of the 21st century, of the American idea! Speak with any non-American, travel to…

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    He wondered what letters of recommendation his teachers were writing for him. What was in the confidential file locked away in the principal's office?

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The Death of Film

You'll never hear the whirring sound of a projector again.

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How to Hunt With Poison Darts

A Borneo hunter explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe

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A Delightful, Pixar-Inspired Cartoon

An action figure and his reluctant sidekick trek across a kitchen in search of treasure.

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I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

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Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

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