Colm Toíbín’s latest collection of essays is New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families. His novel Nora Webster is published by Emblem Editions.

Baldwin and “the American Confusion”

In December 1962, the New York Times asked some of the year’s bestselling authors to write a piece describing “what they believe there is about their book or the climate of the times that has made [their book] so popular.” . . .
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