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NONFICTION: The first biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 30 years reminds readers of her significance, both in poetry and in politics. "Two-Way Mirror" by Fiona Sampson; W.W. Norton (320 pages, $27.95) ——— Today British poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning is remembered mostly for her love poetry — her line, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways," written for her lover and eventual ...

In Maggie Nelson’s “Bluets,” her 2009 collection of poems on grief and loss, loneliness is “solitude with a problem.” Which is a useful way of understanding loneliness. Being alone and feeling lonely are not always the same thing. Except, of course, it’s complicated. Emily Dickinson wondered: Was loneliness “the maker of the soul”? Or its “seal”? Does loneliness define you? Or exacerbate ...

CHICAGO — Charles Johnson has one of those careers, you know the kind, the ones where you start out at the Chicago Tribune as a political cartoonist, turn Buddhist and philosopher, make a huge splash as a novelist, win the National Book Award, grow so revered that literary societies are founded in your name, host a national PBS show for a decade, land a MacArthur “genius” grant, receive early ...

The worst of the heat has dissipated (at least for now? Please?), which means we can all stop complaining about the weather and turn our attention to summer reading. Here are six new paperbacks, all potentially compelling choices for lazy afternoons. "Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery" by Erica C. Barnett (Penguin, $17). The debut book from Seattle journalist Barnett ...

America's infrastructure is crumbling, but President Joe Biden says he has a plan to fix it. How to pay for this $2 trillion plan will be the topic of hot debate in Washington. After this, will we still view infrastructure as the ideal bipartisan issue? 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says the bill that would make Washington, D.C. the 51st state is unconstitutional. Wilson is one of four lead authors of a 22 state attorneys general letter opposing a bill that would make the nation's capital the 51st state. 

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