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Origami Dragons by Jessica Ciccarelli

Origami Dragons by Jessica Ciccarelli

Ten years before my brother may or may not have tried to hang himself, he was an eight-year-old boy with a penchant for dragons, brave warriors, and courageous exploration.

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Writing in Buenos Aires by Romina Paula

Writing in Buenos Aires by Romina Paula

It’s extremely uncommon here in Argentina that a writer can make a living as such, all the more so in my generation. Or I guess I should say that it would be rare for a writer to live off the books he or she publishes, because writers do sometimes...

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Poets’ Houses: Hofmann, Forrest-Thomson

Poets’ Houses: Hofmann, Forrest-Thomson

Michael Hofmann is one of the great poets of squalid student digs, and ‘Between Bed and Wastepaper Basket’ is one of his great poems.

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Books That Confirm the Act of Being

Books That Confirm the Act of Being

At the Aligre flea market near my Parisian flat, I haggle over a trinket I’ve decided to give to my on-the-rocks lover. It is a rock, a small but well-shined one.

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The 68ers

The 68ers

Many revolutionaries assumed the year was only a prelude to an enormous social upheaval. In one sense, this proved to be the case.

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Impresario, Performer, Curator, Martyr, Insubordinate, Editor

Impresario, Performer, Curator, Martyr, Insubordinate, Editor

Eliot was very much a singular editor, both as the sole individual formally responsible for all aspects of editorship and also as the only individual to hold that role through the entire publication run of his journal.

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When the Literal and Metaphoric Control of the Gaze is Queered

When the Literal and Metaphoric Control of the Gaze is Queered

This decade has witnessed an increased focus on representing, discussing and experiencing difference in video games. Queer Game Studies, the first games studies volume to focus exclusively on LGBTQ issues.

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The sex is not sexual but satirical…

The sex is not sexual but satirical…

When people think of the work of Bob Fosse, Broadway’s foremost choreographer-director in the 1960s and 1970s, what they are likely to see in their minds is a group of dancers, in bowler hats and white gloves..

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Tipsy Tullivan’s Top Tips

Tipsy Tullivan’s Top Tips

I like this notion of “getting through” writing. Mostly I think about “getting away” with it. I am terribly bored whenever someone asks me to write something that has, indeed, existed before, such as a Disability 101 thinkpiece that explains x, y, or z to the presumed nondisabled readers.

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Alexander Chee continues to test the parameters of his identity…

Alexander Chee continues to test the parameters of his identity…

Years ago, Alexander Chee was attending a Wall Street book-club discussion of “Edinburgh,” his début novel, when “an otherwise nice white guy” asked him whether he had been a victim of sexual abuse...

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Poets’ Houses: Tonks, Longville, Mew

Poets’ Houses: Tonks, Longville, Mew

My mother almost certainly misdelivered Rosemary Tonks’ newspaper when she was eight...

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Jennifer Seaman Cook: Abortion in Transnation

Jennifer Seaman Cook: Abortion in Transnation

As a recent contributor to Kathy D'Arcy's Autonomy, an Irish creative writing anthology with all proceeds funding the Repeal the 8th, a campaign to liberalise abortion laws in Ireland, my work as a cultural historian has come to the forefront of my secondary work as a poet.

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The Necessity of Face Transplants by Andrea Zittlau

The Necessity of Face Transplants by Andrea Zittlau

Sharrona Pearl’s book Face/On looks at the cultural representations of face transplants. It is a fascinating account of media discourses particularly concerning the issue in the United States.

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Consolation

Consolation

The other day, depressed on the Underground, I tried to cheer myself by thinking over the joys of our human lot. But there wasn't one of them for which I seemed to care a button—not Wine, nor Friendship...

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Anthony in the Desert, and Other Mirages

Anthony in the Desert, and Other Mirages

Saint Anthony’s encounters with those fearsome demons in the desert happened more than just once; in fact, they occurred repeatedly.

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The School That Helped Make Milo by Ansgar Allen

The School That Helped Make Milo by Ansgar Allen

by Ansgar Allen As a self-designated troll, Milo’s entire ‘brand’ is built on his ability to rile others. The public face of Milo Yiannopoulos is based on excess, wanton offence, and limit-testing transgression. Apparently it’s all over now, again, with further reports of the fall of Milo. But Milo...

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Poets’ Houses: Elizabeth Bishop, Edgell Rickwood, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Poets’ Houses: Elizabeth Bishop, Edgell Rickwood, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lots of poets drank at the Fitzroy. It was a haunt of Dylan Thomas and William Empson and Nina Hammett and Malcolm Lowry; it gets a mention in Briggflatts...

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The Story by M. Munro

The Story by M. Munro

So what's the story with story? What makes story so fascinating, and how—by virtue of what—does story so exceed statement?

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