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Barbara Spindel is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Daily Beast, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York, Tablet, Details, Spin, the New York Times' Motherlode blog, and other publications. She holds a Ph.D. in American studies.

What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About

ESSAYS

What My Mother And I Don’t Talk About

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In this new collection, editor Michele Filgate matches her own revelatory title essay with works from fourteen other writers on the fraught relationship between mother and child.
Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing

WRITERS ON WRITING

Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing

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The most celebrated political biographer of our era unveils the painstaking methods out of which his masterworks have been built.
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

AMERICAN HISTORY

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

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A sweeping new look at the modern history of American Indians challenges many of the narratives that have defined mainstream views of native peoples.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

LIVES

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

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A new life of the great foe of slavery and racism contends with its subject's own monumental work of autobiography.
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

CURRENT EVENTS

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

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At ground zero of the opiod crisis, a journalist looks at the devastation across communities and families -- and how it happened.
Memento Park

FICTION

Memento Park

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The discovery of a mysterious lost painting upsets the comfortable world of an actor, and takes him on a journey into his family's wartime history.
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

CURRENT EVENTS

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

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A former border patrol agent offers a lyrical and timely memoir on the contradictions and cruelties of the crossing between Mexico and the United States.
The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

AMERICAN HISTORY

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

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The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers looks at the history of American plans for nuclear war -- and raises some deep concerns.
Buried in the Machine: Franklin Foer on “World Without Mind”

INTERVIEW

Buried in the Machine: Franklin Foer on “World Without Mind”

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Are we "merging" with our technology? And if so, what does that mean for ideas that aren't algorithms? Barbara Spindel talks with Franklin Foer.
A Disappearance in Damascus

CURRENT EVENTS

A Disappearance in Damascus

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Deborah Campbell came to Syria to follow the story of Iraqi refugees -- until the story became about her Iraqi colleague's arrest....
The Princess Trap: Carina Chocano on “You Play the Girl”

INTERVIEW

The Princess Trap: Carina Chocano on “You Play the Girl”

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Have representations of girls and women in media become more balanced over time? Writer and critic Carina Chocano on the resurgence of the princess and why we can't shake gender myths.
The Middlepause: On Life After Youth

LIVES

The Middlepause: On Life After Youth

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In a culture obsessed with looking and feeling young, writer Marina Benjamin faces fifty head-on in her memoir. Review by Barbara Spindel.