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Cris Mazza

Among Cris Mazza’s many honors—starting with a 1984 PEN/Nelson Algren Award for her first novel, How to Leave a Country—is the dubious distinction of coining the term “chick-lit.” She and Jeffrey DeShell invented it for their 1995 anthology, Chick-Lit: Post-Feminist Fiction. A literary innovator and excavator of complex emotional terrain, Mazza later lamented that her […]

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Elizabeth Brackett

Everyone already knows the astounding, outrageous climax of Rod Blagojevich’s political career: he’s arrested by the feds after being caught on tape talking about selling the Senate seat just vacated by Barack Obama. As he put it in his own immortally recorded words: “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and, uh, uh, I’m […]

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William R. Drennan

On August 15, 1914, Julian Carlton hacked seven people to death in rural Wisconsin and tried to conceal the deed by setting fire to the house. Caught on the scene, he drank acid and died before trial. It was big news then, and it’s still news 93 years later, because Carlton’s victims included the paramour […]