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Class Dismissed

Class Dismissed

I had never seen so many tennis courts in my life. I had never heard of rugby or lacrosse. I mispronounced genre in class because I had only ever read the word.

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G.K. Chesterton: Dreams

G.K. Chesterton: Dreams

There can be comparatively little question that the place ordinarily occupied by dreams in literature is peculiarly unreal and unsatisfying. When the hero tells us that "last night he dreamed a dream"...

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Thirty-Seven Pages by Shane Jesse Christmass

Thirty-Seven Pages by Shane Jesse Christmass

 A while ago, someone on Facebook was selling books. I purchased a few titles by Alfred Jarry and Edouard Leve. This was years ago.

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Essex

Essex

You could look very hard in Purleigh and not find any physical evidence of the Tolstoyan anarchist community that was founded there in 1897...

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The amateur spirit in writing

The amateur spirit in writing

As the reading crisis spreads its tangential wings to include newspapers pruning peripheral departments, some semi-pro and pro writers are forced back into an amateur spirit...

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Eli S. Evans: January, 2019

Eli S. Evans: January, 2019

Question: Looking back on your life in 2018, what do you see?

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Ed Simon: Fleeting Shadows of the Dead

Ed Simon: Fleeting Shadows of the Dead

I’ve no photograph of my great-grandfather’s brother, Peter Simon, the Hungarian tailor who was imprisoned by Cossacks and sent to a Siberian prison-camp.

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On Holidays

On Holidays

There are epochs of history which their enemies call rude and which their friends call simple. My difficulty is that they seem to me not simple, but subtle.

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Seven grills, one boil and a cold lunch or two…

Seven grills, one boil and a cold lunch or two…

On January 2, 1840, Dickens wrote to his printers, Bradbury and Evans, to thank them for their annual Christmas gift of a turkey. He chose his words with care...

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A Letter From Santa Claus

A Letter From Santa Claus

My Dear Susie Clemens, I have received and read all the letters which you and your little sister have written me... I can read your and your baby sister's jagged and fantastic marks without any trouble at all...

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Jessica Sequeira: Holiday

Jessica Sequeira: Holiday

What could be more relaxing than to take a holiday? From the start I knew that the word was a bit of a lie, since it wasn’t really a vacation

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“These German Romantics and their thinly veiled asceticism!”

“These German Romantics and their thinly veiled asceticism!”

All writing is personal. How could it be otherwise? People spend what is most precious—their lives—doing it.

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The Mail Coach

The Mail Coach

The mail-coach, as the national organ for publishing these mighty events, thus diffusively influential, became itself a spiritualised and glorified object to an impassioned heart...

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting Revolution

What To Expect When You’re Expecting Revolution

Sandberg had covered for the firm as it, among other ethical offenses, employed a Republican opposition-research that used the time-honored anti-Semitic dog whistle...

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Biography as Novel: A Look at Cavafy in Love

Biography as Novel: A Look at Cavafy in Love

Constantine P. Cavafy’s sexuality (1863-1933) was a paradox. While he composed daring homoerotic verse, he wrote very little about his own erotic life.

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The Fall is into Technology

The Fall is into Technology

When I think of technology, of thinking about technology, I recall Norman O. Brown, Marshall McLuhan and John Cage. Jessica mentions none of them...

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Joseph Conrad on Books

Joseph Conrad on Books

“I have not read this author’s books, and if I have read them I have forgotten what they were about.” These words are reported as having been uttered in our midst..

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Rachel Howard: Thirty-Eight

Rachel Howard: Thirty-Eight

The other day a card arrived: a picture of mother, father, and child, teeth bared, cheeks pulsing with fresh blood. The baby looks more like him, with that nearly translucent-white skin.

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Truffling Perfumes

Truffling Perfumes

While writing my master’s thesis on DeLillo’s Underworld, I reached a strange level of intimacy with the book.

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Scott Manley Hadley: My Father, From A Distance

Scott Manley Hadley: My Father, From A Distance

My father is slowly dying of Parkinson’s disease, and has been for over ten years. I have never been close to him, and now I never will be...

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