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Archive: 2017

A Sport and a Passport

From an interview conducted by Swiss authorities with Fulden Funda Yilmaz, a woman who was born to Turkish parents in Switzerland. Yilmaz applied for citizenship earlier this year, passed the…

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Fistfight, Sacramento, August 1950

The fight began in a tavern called the All Star, on the outskirts of Sacramento, when a young man named James Sutter leaned over and said, vaguely, as if to…

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Into the Wild

Discussed in this essay: Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls. The University of Chicago Press. 640 pages. $35. Read More

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All the Last Wars

There were no civilian cars on the streets of Mosul, Iraq, last December, when the veteran war photographer Don McCullin and I hitched a ride in an Iraqi Army pickup.…

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From “Where Elses”

By Keith Waldrop, from a manuscript in progress. Waldrop has published more than a dozen volumes of poetry. His Selected Poems (Omnidawn) appeared last year. Read More

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Bringing in the Beans

The bright-green hulk of our John Deere combine harvester crept across the field of soybeans. It was late in the day, early October, the sun low. A cloud of hulls…

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School Survival Guide

During the depressed years of the Thirties a good many private schools went out of business. Others cut their faculty salaries back to levels which confirmed teachers in their suspicion…

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The Rise of the Valkyries

Amonth after Donald Trump took office, an activist named Lana Lokteff delivered a speech calling on women to join the political resistance. “Be loud,” Lokteff said in a crisp, assertive…

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The Escape Artist

Discussed in this essay: Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss. HarperCollins. 304 pages. $27.99. In 1939, fifteen years after his death, Franz Kafka finally found his way to Palestine. An ambivalent…

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Class Dismissed

Early this May, the temperature in Phoenix reached 106 degrees Fahrenheit — the sort of dry, searing heat that locals don’t expect until deep summer. On May 8, when it had cooled…

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Mr. Jones and Me

From a survey in which participants were asked to rank their agreement with statements about Alex Jones, the host of the right-wing talk show Infowars, from “never” to “all the…

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Now and Then

The present is by common definition the instant between the not yet and the already, a moment as narrow and treacherous as a tightrope. But you might instead define it…

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Public Enemy

From the jury selection process that took place over three days in June for the trial of Martin Shkreli, an investor and hedge fund founder who is facing eight counts…

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The Seven-Year Itch

From a letter written by Patrick Leigh Fermor to Enrica Soma in 1961. Soma was a model and ballerina, and the wife of the director John Huston. Fermor was the…

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New Books

We are ushered into a feminine world on page 1 of David Plante’s DIFFICULT WOMEN (New York Review Books, $16.95), when the author meets Jean Rhys in a South Kensington…

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Potty Training

From sentences in Unko Kanji Doriru (“Poo Kanji Drills”), a series of writing-exercise books for elementary school students in Japan. The books were written by Yusaku Furuya and published in…

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The Lives of Others

Discussed in this essay: Go, Went, Gone, by Jenny Erpenbeck. Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky. New Directions. 320 pages. $16.95. Temporary People, by Deepak Unnikrishnan. Restless Books. 272…

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Letters

Black Like Me Zadie Smith writes that Americans “live in a mixed society” and that “there is no getting out of our intertwined history” [“Getting In and Out,” Review, July].…

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A Matter of Degrees

According to the prophecy, we are in the last days when race will matter in the molding of American citizens. This particular prophecy was made in 2003 by Sandra Day…

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Synchronicity

When I came into the kitchen, Ward was using a knife to help his wife, Irene, peel the skin from two buffalo tongues. The skin was discarded in a small…

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Harper’s Index

Factor by which women’s Tinder messages are longer than men’s : 10 Chances that an African-American mother is the breadwinner of her family : 4 in 5 Percentage change since 2011 in advertising spending…

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October 2017