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Economic trends are made manifest by people with plans…

Economic trends are made manifest by people with plans…

New York used to be a place where fishmongers, seamstresses, and dock workers lived a stone’s throw from Rockefellers.

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The Art of Fiction by Willa Cather

The Art of Fiction by Willa Cather

One is sometimes asked about the "obstacles" that confront young writers who are trying to do good work...

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Dalston Loverboy takes over Greenwich by Paul Johnathan

Dalston Loverboy takes over Greenwich by Paul Johnathan

Charles Jeffrey moved from Glasgow to London to study fashion at Central Saint Martins. He soon ran out of cash, propelling him to start LOVERBOY...

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Lady Bird’s nostalgia isn’t quite nostalgia…

Lady Bird’s nostalgia isn’t quite nostalgia…

One of the most peculiar qualities of Greta Gerwig’s much-acclaimed film Lady Bird is that—especially for a coming-of-age story, or domestic drama, or whatever you call it...

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Heady intimacy enjoyed in the arid Mexican desert…

Heady intimacy enjoyed in the arid Mexican desert…

To look at surrealist art is to see female bodies in pieces. Here a disembodied leg, there a mysterious eye.

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Kevin Hong on Critical Assembly

Kevin Hong on Critical Assembly

Thirty-three years in the making, Critical Assembly details the thoughts and experiences of forty-six people involved in the creation of the atomic bomb.

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60s nostalgia now or 60s nostalgia later?

60s nostalgia now or 60s nostalgia later?

The clever adage that “anyone who claims to remember the 1960s wasn’t really there” is amusing only because so many people associate the Age of Aquarius with a drug-induced haze.

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Stevie Nicks has always had dreams that literally come true…

Stevie Nicks has always had dreams that literally come true…

Early in Stephen Davis’s workmanlike unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks, we witness the circumstances of her most enduring creation’s birth.

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For the Loss

For the Loss

As the campaign came to an end, Trump himself was sanguine. His ultimate goal, after all, had never been to win. “I can be the most famous man in the world”...

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“Economics is among the least interdisciplinary and most hierarchical academic fields”

“Economics is among the least interdisciplinary and most hierarchical academic fields”

John Maynard Keynes once remarked that ‘practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.’

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Over the Grave

Over the Grave

If the circumstances of a not-untypical Denis Johnson character are defined by the story The Starlight on Idaho – “on” not “over” because it’s actually a rehab facility.

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Mary McCarthy’s Factuality

Mary McCarthy’s Factuality

In the winter of 1960, Mary McCarthy—the writer whom Norman Mailer once described as “our saint, our umpire, our lit arbiter, our broadsword”...

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A New Year’s X

A New Year’s X

And to think, fair Bennetts, that I’d always misheard iron as island. “The tolling of the island bell.” The new year dawns.

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China and Its Nether Zones by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

China and Its Nether Zones by Tammy Ho Lai-Ming

In the Twilight Zone episode “The Eye of the Beholder”, a patient, whom viewers have been led to believe is horrendously disfigured, sits surrounded by medical staff.

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Turn On, Log In, Tune Out

Turn On, Log In, Tune Out

In 1970, Americans were on edge over terrorist activities, a bellicose president railed against his enemies and an energized left argued among its factions.

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A New Diski Fan

A New Diski Fan

What is meant when a person is deemed ahead of her time? It sounds like a fantastic compliment, yet the circumstances under which people hear it, in reference to themselves, are not always so positive.

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