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Ayşegül Savaş Reads “Canvas”

Listen with: iTunes WNYC Stitcher TuneIn Ayşegül Savaş reads her story from the June 3, 2019, issue of the magazine. Savaş is a Turkish writer who lives in Paris and teaches at the Sorbonne. Her first novel, “Walking on the Ceiling,” was published in April. Click Here:

By JohnValbyNation May 29, 2019 0

“See You Yesterday” and the Perils—and Promise—of Time-Travelling While Black

Loopholes, resurrected characters, plot resets, ever-branching arcs: time travel is an infinitely flexible conceit, limited only to its own pseudoscientific rules of causality. The new Netflix movie “See You Yesterday” makes an unusual contribution to the time-travel canon while highlighting one of its most prominent flaws: the racial privilege baked into these stories, or the…

By JohnValbyNation May 28, 2019 0

Ayşegül Savaş on Imitation and Identity

In “Canvas” the narrator, a graduate student, is renting an apartment from an older woman, an artist named Agnes. The artist has arranged to use her studio there whenever she visits the city, yet while the two women sometimes share the same space, they barely know each other. What does that type of relationship—one of…

By JohnValbyNation May 28, 2019 0

The Impeccably Understated Modernism of I. M. Pei

In John Updike’s story “Gesturing,” first published in 1980, the newly separated Richard Maple finds himself in a Boston apartment with a view of a startling new skyscraper. “The skyscraper, for years suspended in a famous state of incompletion, was a beautiful disaster,” Updike writes, “famous because it was a disaster (glass kept falling from…

By JohnValbyNation May 28, 2019 0

Ta-Nehisi Coates Revisits the Case for Reparations

Listen with: iTunes WNYC Stitcher TuneIn When Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote “The Case for Reparations” for The Atlantic, in 2014, he didn’t expect the government to make reparations anytime soon. He told David Remnick that he had a more modest goal. “My notion,” Coates says, “was you could get people to stop laughing.” For Coates, to…

By JohnValbyNation May 28, 2019 0