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Jeffrey A. Bernstein: Raddled, Squashed, Walking

Jeffrey A. Bernstein: Raddled, Squashed, Walking

What do we do when we walk? What happens to us? Do we walk in order to get somewhere? Do we walk to get our bodies moving? Our minds?

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Jessica Sequeira: Foamed Just So

Jessica Sequeira: Foamed Just So

by Jessica Sequeira At the place where I worked a few years ago, two large windows looked out onto the city. From one you could see Retiro station, where a train deposited us every morning after gathering us up from the provinces. That was the view from the room where...

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Fang Marks

Fang Marks

We meet a fat diamondback five minutes down the trail. He is stretched across the path, dozing in the shade of a juniper bush.

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And in Sad Cypress

And in Sad Cypress

Before my departure for a trip to celebrate my mother’s ninety-eighth birthday, friends suggested that I read Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal.

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Shakespeare’s passing was an entirely local event…

Shakespeare’s passing was an entirely local event…

It was not until seven years after his death that Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies were gathered together by his friends John Heminges and Henry Condell in an expensive edition, dedicated to William Herbert and his brother, that first laid claim to their status as high culture.

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Simon Calder at AWP16

Simon Calder at AWP16

At this year’s L.A.-based Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference, Jeff Hoffman highlighted the naturalness with which Greenberg thus announces its central concern

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Three Literary Freaks

Three Literary Freaks

Victor Hugo. Portrait by Edmond Bacot, 1862 From Verso Books: There are three kinds of conception of the novelistic. There is what we could call the official lineage, which the academy presents as the history of the French novel, proceeding by way of Stendhal and Flaubert. Here, the novel is...

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‘Not as just a deranged voyeur’

‘Not as just a deranged voyeur’

I know a married man and father of two who bought a twenty-one-room motel near Denver many years ago in order to become its resident voyeur.

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