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Steve Oney

It Took Me 17 Years To Write My Book

In October, Pantheon published my nonfiction book And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank. An investigation into two infamous crimes that occurred in Georgia in the second decade of the 20th century, the work explores anti-Semitism, class strife and racism. For......
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The Handsome American

Even in good times, the consensus has often been that the United States makes its way in the world by a sort of dumb luck, a position succinctly articulated in a comment attributed to 19th-century German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck: “God has a special providence for fools, drunks and the......
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Poet Inebriate

Photo by Archive Photos The scene was the University of Georgia’s Fine Arts Auditorium on a fall night in 1973. The occasion was a poetry reading. A sizable crowd more befitting a pop concert than a literary event had turned out, but then the headliner was someone who at the......
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This Is the End

They gaze out at us, the victims and the victimizers alike, actors in a form of fatal public spectacle staged, according to numbers compiled by the Tuskegee Institute, some 5,000 times in America between the years 1880 and 1930. Jesse Washington, a mentally retarded 17-year-old black boy lynched on May......
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The Divine Comedy

Art by Shino AriharaWhat a piece of work is A Man in Full! In form how satisfying! In action how compelling! And in apprehension how like, well, Tom Wolfe! Once again, American literature's 67-year-old enfant terrible, the author who christened the 1970s "the Me Decade" and whose 1987 novel, The......
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Convict Cowboys

Shino AriharaOver the course of four Sundays every October, in a packed arena surrounded by razor-wire fences and, in the distance, guard towers, the inmates of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison put on a rodeo unlike any other. The events, which bear such names as "Guts & Glory," "Bust-Out" and "Buddy......
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