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On Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Wild’ and the Redemption Narrative

Like Dante, then, Strayed is on a spiritual journey, beginning in damnation, bound for deliverance. That makes Wild a redemption narrative — and that, in turn, helps explain its popularity, because redemption narratives are some of the oldest, most compelling, and most ubiquitous stories we have. We enshrine nature writing in the canon — you […]

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A depressed writer sends a letter to a popular advice columnist: I couldn’t seem to go above the Twelfth Street location of my class, not to Central Park or the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the New York Public Library. I had no interest in going below Twelfth Street, either. I definitely couldn’t go to […]

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Confronting a letter writer who fears he may be too ugly for a romantic relationship: This, sweet pea, is where we must dig. You will never have my permission to close yourself off to love and give up. Never. You must do everything you can to get what you want and need, to find ‘that […]