What criteria did you use in selecting pieces for inclusion? I also added six more pieces that are reprinted here for the first time since their original publication, valuable essays and sketches in which Porter reminisces about her past life and comments on her development as a writer. Some of her poems are lovely and lyrical, but none of them matches her crystalline stories and are useful primarily for elucidation of her fictional themes. Her only long novel, Ship of Fools , the three published sections of her unfinished biography of Cotton Mather, and a selection of her brilliant letters belong in a second volume. Where would you place her in the pantheon of fiction writers and how would you characterize what she achieves in her work?
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As the nation has learned over the past year, Donald Trump is more likely to side with the alleged abuser in cases of sexual violence — and now it's clear that he does the same in domestic violence cases. Over the weekend, an ex-wife of Trump's former White House staff secretary wrote an essay that had some real talk for the president on the subject of abuse. Jennie Willoughby, Rob Porter's ex-wife , wrote that by claiming Porter was innocent, Trump was insinuating her story of being abused by her ex-husband couldn't be believed. As Willoughby interpreted it, the president essentially called her a liar for going public with her allegations. The essay isn't the easiest to read, as it's the work of a woman who says she was abused responding to criticism from the man holding the highest office in the land.
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Like Shakespeare whom she read and quoted and passionately admired all her life, Dickinson had a provincial background and a relatively scanty formal education. The poetry of both has encouraged speculation about the identities of their love objects. But Shakespeare wrote for a public medium, and his artistic development after he emerged as a London playwright is evident. And he was not a woman.
Niko Goodrum, the Detroit Tigers' super-utility man, was a passenger in a car on Monday morning, while reading the essay on the way to an event that celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. Gabrielle Porter, an eighth-grader at West Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hills, wrote the essay after she was insulted verbally in Porter could have responded with violence.