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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

Emerging from Censorship

Salmagundi No. 100, Fall 1993

On Learning How To Act:

A Reply to Adam Phillips & The Pleasures of Censorship

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Disenchantment and Dogma

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Beauty in Struggle:

On Jacob Lawrence

The Future of a Bronze Age Religion

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Merit?

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Diane Arbus and Sylvia Plath:

“The Horror! The Horror!”

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

The Forward-Looking Anachronist:

Johan Huizinga and Autumntide of the Middle Ages

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The Home Key #6:

Get Back

If You Would Let Me

Three Books, Two Hats, and an Essay Survival Plan

Roth and the Biographers

On Meritocracy and Faith

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

CAN THE AMERICAN MERITOCRACY GET RELIGION?

A Symposium

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Weightless Effusions

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Can a Free Society Enforce Inclusiveness?