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Joan Didion, arguably the best essayist of the late 20th century, has a short piece on Salon about the current election. She believe that all of the campaign noise — candidate's personal "stories," the "lipstick on a pig" repetition, the regurgitated talking points — has distracted us from the serious peril the…

Elizabeth Hardwick, the literary critic, novelist and co-founder of the New York Review of Books passed away on Sunday at the age of 91. She hung out with Billie Holiday in the 40s and lived the NYC Bohemian life, as Hardwick described it, full of "love and alcohol and the clothes on the floor." Hardwick is also known…