Jesmyn Ward poses for a portrait near DeLisle Bayou in DeLisle, Miss. Ward, 40, has chosen to return to DeLisle and raise her children there, despite her profound ambivalence about what the town represents.
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A U.S. Marine from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.
Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard is the author of a series of six autobiographical novels called My Struggle, as well as the novels Out of the World and A Time for Everything.
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