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Archive: 2017

Early Modern Love Poem

By Oli Hazzard, from a manuscript in progress. Hazzard has published two volumes of poetry, including, most recently, Within Habit (2014).  calling in sick      for each other in each other’s…

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Lord of the Files

By Alexander Zinoviev, from Homo Sovieticus, a novel that was originally published in 1985 and is included in Boredom, an anthology that was published in January by M.I.T. Press and…

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Confirmation B.S.

From a quiz drafted by the police department of Long Beach, California, and used as part of a training presentation. The quiz was cited in a report by the A.C.L.U.…

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Bushwhackers

From a meeting of Irish Parliament that took place in February. Michael Healy-Rae is a representative for Kerry South. Michael Ring is the minister of state for regional economic development.…

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Out With a Bang

From the website of Holy Smoke, a memorial-services company based in Alabama. Read More

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The General

By Emma Reyes (1919?2003), a painter, from a letter written in 1969 to Germán Arciniegas, a historian and journalist. The Book of Emma Reyes, a memoir, will be published in…

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The Missing

From advertisements taken out in African-American newspapers by former slaves searching for relatives. The earliest ads appeared in 1863. Villanova University and Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Philadelphia,…

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My Name is Mud

From names that parents around the world have attempted to bestow on their children. They are cited in a lawsuit that was filed in a Georgia superior court in March.…

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An Encounter in the Bronx

By Fleur Jaeggy, from I Am the Brother of XX, a collection of short stories that will be published next month by New Directions. Jaeggy is the author of several…

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Amour Fou

By Hervé Guibert (1955?91), from Crazy for Vincent, which was published in April by Semiotext(e). Guibert was a photographer, filmmaker, and the author of more than twenty-five books. Translated from…

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Machine Yearning

From questions raised by Oliver Bendel, a machine ethicist, in a paper that was published this month on Springer. Bendel presented the paper last year at the Love and Sex…

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Where Health Care Won’t Go

A tuberculosis crisis in the Black Belt

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Southern Harm

We are faced with two apparently irreconcilable facts in the South: the one being the decree of our national government that there be absolute equality in education among all citizens,…

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Security Breach

Trump’s tussle with the bureaucratic state

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Here a City Shall be Wrought

What’s forgotten in China’s time-lapse urbanism

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The Immunity Doctrine

Can officials be held liable for the suffering they inflict?

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Safety in Numbers

The mathematics of predicting war

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Bonebreaker

Jed came downstairs. He worked mostly in the sleeping loft, writing serious journalism. His current project was about a friend’s imprisonment on charges related to terrorism. He said, “Laurie.” “What?”…

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New Books

If you were losing your mind, how would you know? What if instead it were the world that was losing its mind — flouting the usual statutes re: time and…

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It Wants to Go to Bed with Us

John Ashbery’s well-spent youth

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July 2017