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Revision and craft
Norway’s Nobel Nazi
The flourishing evil of the Third Reich
Katherine Anne Porter and the lies of art
Henry James’s curriculum vitae
Malcolm Lowry’s cinema inferno
The unknown Kafka
The trouble with Nietzsche
Stanley Elkin imagines the life after life
The ragged core of a sweet apple
On the enduring pleasures of paper, type, page, and ink
Notes on excision, imprisonment, and silence
Autobiography in an age of narcissism
In search of a worthy “no”
Chances that a deep breath inhaled today will contain a molecule from Julius Caesar’s dying breath:
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, by John Allen Paulos, Hill and Wang (N.Y.C.)
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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© 2012 Harper’s Magazine. Photograph (detail) © Danny Wilcox Frazier