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RUSSELL BANKS (1940 - 2023)

The true task of the novelist is to dramatize first for himself and ultimately for the rest of us what it is to be human in our time and for all time, in our place and for every place.

—from “Literature and Engagement: The Power of Words,” Salmagundi #57 (2008)

We mourn the loss of a great writer, a great friend and a brilliant, enlivening contributor to these pages who accomplished again and again the task of the novelist as he describes it here in his Salmagundi column “In Transit.”

Photograph by Emma Dodge Hanson

Authority & Freedom:

A Conversation with Jed Perl

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

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Max Liebermann’s portrait of the author’s grandmother, Frances née Lehmann Bernstein

My Life in Art

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

What’s the Matter with Sex?

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

Toffs

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

On Not Drinking the Kool-Aid

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

Magic Mountain

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

The Measuring Muse

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

What Lurks Below the New Class War

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

Nabokov and Balthus:

The Erotic Imagination

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

The Super-Ego in the Green World

Race & Integration:

An Interview with Calvin Baker

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Women, The Arts, & The Politics of Culture

An Interview with Susan Sontag

Salmagundi No. 188/189, 2015

Allesverloren

Salmagundi #144-145 (2004-2005)

Pleiades

Woody Allen

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

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Photograph of the young Rickie Lee Jones courtesy of the artist

The Home Key #7

An Interview with Rickie Lee Jones

Deadfacting: On Exhuming the Past For Present Purposes

Sunday with Trees

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

Invisible Ink: A Mystery

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

Memorial to Venus

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

Phillips and Emerson:

Against Understanding

Two Poems

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

A Thousand Gentle Smotherings

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

Ms. Annye, Li’l Robert Johnson & Them

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

Soul Sisters:

Anne Frank and Audrey Hepburn

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

The Praxis of “Practice”

Salmagundi 216-217, Fall 2022 - Winter 2023

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Fierce Nostalgia: Notes From a Non-Native Austinite

The Home Key #8:

Regina Spektor, Onto-Theologically

On the Bobos

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

The Pleasures of Censorship

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

A Selection from Elias Canetti’s The Book Against Death

The Black Intellectual & The Condition of the Culture

A Salmagundi Symposium at Skidmore College

Salmagundi No. 206-207, Spring-Summer 2020

Wielding the Lyric

On Now It’s Dark

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The Home Key #9:

An Interview with Chris Forsyth

Make Our Institutions Great Again

On ‘Wayne Thiebaud 100’ and a Conversation With the Artist at Age 101

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

Googlegangers & Flaccid Designators

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

Kalim Mansour

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

Ferocious Entertainment:

Lionel Shriver

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

Notes on Monogamy