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Q & A with Novelist ZZ Packer

In a Boston Globe Q&A with Bibliophiles columnist Amy Sutherland, novelist ZZ Packer talks about reading Herman Melville, Toni Morrison, and books that helped her research her new work-in-progress, "The Thousands." 

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From Prison to Poverty

"Just about everyone leaves prison and enters poverty," said Harvard sociologist and Radcliffe Fellow Bruce Western, who recently completed a study tracking 122 incarcerated men and women who were released back into society. 

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The Personal Civil War

Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library exhibition What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War kicked off its opening with remarks from Harvard President Drew Faust, the Lincoln Professor of History. The exhibit runs through March 20.

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A Key Urban Intersection

Is there a dose of nature that can help make city dwellers’ lives healthier and more productive? A new report, stemming from a recent workshop at the Radcliffe Insitute, suggests that the answer is yes. 

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A Bittersweet Confection

"There's something about making something larger than yourself, larger than life, or somehow being responsible for the creation of that feeling of something greater than one's self ... that's what motivates me and drives me forward ...," said artist Kara Walker at a Radcliffe talk. 

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A Journey Into Illness

Like her diagnosis, the decision to write in detail about chronic illness took time, said poet and memoirist Meghan O'Rourke, a Radcliffe fellow.