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Archive: 2014

Aaron Rosenblum

By J. Rodolfo Wilcock, from The Temple of Iconoclasts, recently published by David R. Godine. Wilcock (1919–1978) was an Argentine poet, novelist, and translator who emigrated to Italy. Translated from…

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Nina

I met her in a computer course my sophomore year at NYU, in 1981. It was the first day of class, and we were learning how to connect the terminals…

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Ames By-Products

By Ted Kooser, from the latest issue of New Letters. Kooser is a former U.S. poet laureate and the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Read…

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By Night In Chile

By Lola Arias, from her play The Year I Was Born, recently produced at the Under the Radar Festival, in New York. During the performance, eleven Chilean actors presented autobiographical…

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Stonewalled

From a June 30, 1987, memo to President Ronald Reagan from Gary L. Bauer, Reagan’s chief domestic policy adviser. In July of 1987, Reagan appointed Frank Lilly, an openly gay…

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My Mother’s Apartment

I took a class in ad writing at Pratt Institute when I was twenty-four. I lasted one day. One of my classmates came in on the first day with storyboards…

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A Little Girl’s New York

In my seventeenth year, there suddenly appeared in Fifth Avenue a very small canary-yellow brougham with dark trimmings, drawn by a big, high-stepping bay and driven by a coachman who…

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Hammer Island

Over the Fourth of July holiday in 1985, when I was seventeen years old, the film producer Morris Walls took me to Hammer Island. This is an island shaped like…

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Beeper World

The jellyfish life cycle, we were taught in school, involves a sessile state and a period of radiant flight. As polyps, jellyfish are rooted to the seafloor by fleshy stalks.…

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Notion Picture Industry

By Patton Oswalt, from Silver Screen Fiend, to be published next month by Scribner. In memory of Sherman Torgan, an L.A. theater owner, Oswalt imagined “a month’s worth of titles…

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Harper’s Index

Number of New York City police officers wearing body cameras as part of a pilot program started this fall : 36 Percentage of the city’s public-housing units deemed “deficient” by the New…

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Keeping Time

By Sarah Manguso, from Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, out in March from Graywolf Press. Manguso is the author of several books, including The Guardians and The Two Kinds…

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Admiral Nelson

By Jean Echenoz, from The Queen’s Caprice, a story collection forthcoming from the New Press. Echenoz is the author of several books, including, most recently, 1914. Translated from the French…

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Christmas in Prison

Right after Thanksgiving, red and green decorations start popping up all over the place. The ubiquitous security windows with their diamond-pattern wire reinforcements are suddenly framed in sparkly silver tinsel.…

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Gateway to Freedom

On September 4, 1838, a twenty-year-old fugitive slave named Frederick Bailey arrived in New York City. He had long hoped to escape from bondage, gazing out at the ships on…

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Carbon Footprint

From a conversation between Robert Caro and John R. MacArthur, marking the fortieth anniversary of the publication of The Power Broker, Caro’s biography of Robert Moses, which won the Pulitzer…

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At First Blush

It must have been sometime in the early fall, I was thirteen and had just moved to a new school. It must have been during science class, because I remember…

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Fleshdance

By Carolee Schneemann, in response to a letter she received from Mette Ingvartsen, a Danish choreographer, included in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, volume 36, number 1. Schneemann…

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Letters

A Bird Too Big to Fail The PBS described by Eugenia Williamson (“PBS Self-Destructs,” Essay, October) bears little resemblance to the enterprise I am proud to serve as chief programming…

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Vacay-47

From blog posts on Paladin of Jihad offering advice for Western Muslims preparing to migrate (or “make hijra”) to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State. Read…

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Tenure Road

Titles of articles included in the first issue of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal of Springsteen Studies, published this August. Read More

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Guns and Poses

From the air, Ubari looked exactly like the pitiful Saharan frontier town it is. Squat, unpainted cement buildings jutted from the southern reaches of the Libyan desert like a child’s…

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