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Amy Glynn: Ketamine Redwoods

Amy Glynn: Ketamine Redwoods

A redwood can live forever...

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Elucidating Esbjerg

Elucidating Esbjerg

Esbjerg is a seaport town in Denmark. In the story, it’s presented as an obscure place...

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The Appearance of Goodness

The Appearance of Goodness

There are many social-media-savvy people who are choking on sanctimony and lacking in compassion, who can fluidly pontificate on Twitter about kindness but are unable to actually show kindness...

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L.M. Montgomery’s Journals

L.M. Montgomery’s Journals

Through all those years of journal entries, Lucy Maud Montgomery was always intelligent, often funny and never boring. I wanted to know what she’d say next...

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Rachel Howard: If Reborn, then Snail

Rachel Howard: If Reborn, then Snail

If rebirth does actually happen, I will be reborn as an amoeba or a snail...

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Orwell: Toads

Orwell: Toads

Before the swallow, before the daffodil, and not much later than the snowdrop, the common toad salutes the coming of spring after his own fashion...

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In the Business of Sharing Knowledge

In the Business of Sharing Knowledge

Especially for antiquarian and other independent booksellers, there exists a tension between sharing knowledge and running a business...

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Virginia Woolf on D.H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf on D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers emerged with astonishing vividness, like an island from off which the mist has suddenly lifted...

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Paul Vacca: Should we sweep away metaphors like dead leaves?

Paul Vacca: Should we sweep away metaphors like dead leaves?

The metaphor retains the paradoxical power to unveil the truth by veiling it...

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What determines the lengths of novels?

What determines the lengths of novels?

The novel is an extremely flexible form. It can come out in countless shapes, include infinite content, and end up almost any length...

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Douglas Penick on Robert Walser

Douglas Penick on Robert Walser

Robert Walser found a context, a context of beauty for the many voices that surfaced in his awareness...

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Buwan

Buwan

In more than two dozen languages, the words for month and moon are the same...

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Tabish Khair: Inevitable Friction

Tabish Khair: Inevitable Friction

The trajectory of literature is intertwined with and also strains against the career of God...

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Kenkō’s Idle Hours

Kenkō’s Idle Hours

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations—such is a pleasure beyond compare...

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Mandakini Pachauri in Vienna

Mandakini Pachauri in Vienna

I first arrived here from India three long decades ago late...

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Caroline Rothnie: Uncovering the Present

Caroline Rothnie: Uncovering the Present

I’ve looked towards the apocalypse to hide from my duty to the present, to all of us here living our small lives...

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Lilith: On Love, Living and Meritocracy

Lilith: On Love, Living and Meritocracy

My father once said, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” It is taken from Love Story, a 1970 movie based on the novel of the same name...

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Ed Simon: John Donne and Social Isolation

Ed Simon: John Donne and Social Isolation

Late in 1623, the Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London fell ill with fever and had difficulty breathing. At 51 years of age, the poet and priest John Donne...

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Eli S. Evans: The Writer vs. the Pandemic III

Eli S. Evans: The Writer vs. the Pandemic III

Constant specter of illness and death, increasing likelihood of unemployment, nail in the coffin of the post-World War II order.

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Emile Bojesen and Ansgar Allen: Agamben and Techno-Fascism

Emile Bojesen and Ansgar Allen: Agamben and Techno-Fascism

Professors who switch to teaching online are the ‘perfect equivalent of the university teachers who in 1931 swore allegiance to the Fascist regime’. So says Giorgio Agamben...

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