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For the Fall 2022 special issue of MQR, “Fractured Union: American Democracy on the Brink,” we reached out to a range of esteemed authors to write short essays that respond to Langston Hughes’s poem “Let America Be America Again.” America is America: it’s a tautology. But it’s also a falsehood: America is not and never was the …

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Hughes Inspirations

A LUCILLE CLIFTON–INSPIRED STERLING BROWN TEACHING FABLE For the Fall 2022 special issue of MQR, “Fractured Union: American Democracy on the Brink,” we reached out to a range of esteemed authors to write short essays that respond to Langston Hughes’s poem “Let America Be America Again.” “Let America be America again.” Sterling Brown began addressing the aspiring, …

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Come Back, Bobby Fischer: On Competition, Fairness, and Democracy

For a while now I have been struggling to write about the summer of 1972, when I was nine years old. I lived in a little, semi-detached brick house in Washington, DC, with my parents, my seventy-eight-year-old grandmother, and three much older siblings—the nearest in age to me would turn twenty that fall. That summer …

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