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Just posted to our home page, an interview with novelist Richard Ford, who talks about writing, reading, the place of faith and religion in fiction, and the meditative qualities of authors like Walker Percy and Flannery OConnor. Read the whole thing here.Also, E. J. Dionne Jr. examines how conservative politicians obsession with deficits is smothering economic growth while providing cover for their central goal: "to hack away at government." Read it here.

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