Literary wanderings: The inimitable style of Joan Didion

Book columnist Ryan Lillestrand PZ `23 declares his love for Joan Didion’s writing, though he doesn’t dare imitate her signature style.

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Literary wanderings: Hisham Matar’s ‘The Return’ redefines the memoir

In his very first memoir, “The Return,” Hisham Matar tells more than just a story: he creates magic. And so, according to book columnist Ryan Lillestrand PZ ’23, writing is like art.

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Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro captivates audience at Scripps Presents collaboration

Winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature, Kazuo Ishiguro spoke at Scripps Presents on March 4. to discuss his most recent novel “Klara and the Sun,” his past career as a musician and his tendency to write about “ordinary” people.

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Read it and weep: The paradox of illness narratives

Nina Potischman PO ’21 critiques Sarah Manguso’s “The Two Kinds of Decay” and the need to extract meaning from experiences of chronic illness.

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