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Peter Coviello

Peter Coviello is Professor of English at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His most recent books are Long Players: A Love Story in Eighteen Songs—selected as one of ARTFORUM’s Ten Best Books of 2018—and Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism.

Peter Coviello Thomas Pynchon Vineland Richard Nixon

In ‘Vineland’, his underappreciated 1990 novel, the author of ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ anticipated a United States in which security would become the greatest good. 

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Peter Coviello Mercy Hours

On being awestruck by literature, and the necessary pleasures of intimacy—near and remote—during quarantine.

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Peter Coviello Mormonism Women Secularism

Two recent books about Mormon women highlight the success of the church in redefining itself as a modern liberal religion. But to become that, the Latter-day Saints dramatically reworked both their theology and history.

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