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Andre Gerard’s Alpine Gamble

Andre Gerard’s Alpine Gamble

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence...

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Awash With Forgeries

Awash With Forgeries

The art work in fiction is less likely to be the basis for some epiphany than to be a MacGuffin...

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Baudelaire’s Flowers

Baudelaire’s Flowers

Paris wasn’t then what it is now...

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“Play that thing, Jazz band!”

“Play that thing, Jazz band!”

To experience a version of the cool exhilaration of a mid-twentieth-century American jazz night, one might start by listening to an iconic Miles Davis recording...

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Arturo Desimone: Fascism, Futurism, Filippo

Arturo Desimone: Fascism, Futurism, Filippo

Did Marinetti's visit to Argentina contribute to the spread of Fascism?

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La Fontaine’s Fable by Douglas Penick

La Fontaine’s Fable by Douglas Penick

It is the Donkey’s acceptance and internalisation of the judgement from on high that is so shockingly modern as it prefigures the mentality of victims in witch hunts, show trials, struggle sessions and other kinds of brain washing...

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Out of Sebald’s Sequence by Greg Gerke

Out of Sebald’s Sequence by Greg Gerke

It seems there are some writers who teach you how to write and there are others who teach you what to write about...

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Infinite Edits

Infinite Edits

Michael Pietsch and David Foster Wallace’s collaboration on Infinite Jest highlights the intervenient role of the editor as the mediator between the author and the reader, or the author and the publisher...

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Joe Linker on Eli S. Evans

Joe Linker on Eli S. Evans

We find ourselves in New Hampshire, or Mexico, driving about, or at home, and writing and thinking ahead...

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Now to be Humorous

Now to be Humorous

I don’t catch Phillis Wheatley’s joke at first...

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Andre Gerard on Thomas Love Peacock

Andre Gerard on Thomas Love Peacock

Who knew that William Bankes was an amateur of Thomas Love Peacock! Perhaps I should have...

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Agent News

Agent News

I’d pounce on the British music newspapers, the NME and Melody Maker...

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Prousting in the Republic of Letters

Prousting in the Republic of Letters

Marcel Proust represents many things. Chief among these perhaps, especially for non-French readers, is quantity...

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Farah Abdessamad on François-René de Chateaubriand

Farah Abdessamad on François-René de Chateaubriand

I spent a good part of my childhood at home staring outside my bedroom window, following the trail of planes approaching the nearby Paris airport in the sky from my banlieue. I envied the passengers...

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Hoof, Wing, Paw

Hoof, Wing, Paw

I’ve always loved Jim Harrison’s poetry—so full of itself, so direct and hungry and angered and awed...

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Where Berlin Begins

Where Berlin Begins

From the bridge, I go back, usually, through Babelsberg. I pass flocks of ducks trustingly swimming up to the shore. Above, on a small hill—the palace...

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Artificial Taste by Mary Wollstonecraft

Artificial Taste by Mary Wollstonecraft

A taste for rural scenes, in the present state of society, appears to be very often an artificial sentiment, rather inspired by poetry and romances, than a real perception of the beauties of nature...

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Some Sounds

Some Sounds

A house down around the block is getting a new roof, hammers echoing like giant flickers. Since the big virus outbreak...

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George Reiner on Mira Mattar

George Reiner on Mira Mattar

Affiliation is a geography of bleeding boundaries and abrupt junctures...

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Chaos in Colombia

Chaos in Colombia

I was twenty years and thirty days old when that bomb went off in downtown Bogotá...

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