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Archive: 2018

The Vanishing

On a Friday afternoon in the fall of 2017, a few months after the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State, a group of neighbors gathered at Mar Mattai, a…

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The Present is Constant Elegy

From a manuscript in progress that will be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2020. Those years when I was alive, I lived the era of the fast car. There…

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They Dance Cheek to Cheek

They look so young, and they’re holding each other close. My mother and father, she in a black, sleeveless dress and pearls, he in a single-breasted suit and cuff links.…

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Preservation Acts

After eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, Bergis Jules found himself worrying not only over the horrors of the present, but also…

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Butt Ends and Cast-Off Bits

Money Breton, the protagonist of Mary Robison’s novel Why Did I Ever (2001), lives in Alabama. She has three ex-husbands, two children, and a Ritalin habit. Her daughter, Mev, is…

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Black Lives Televised

I can remember as a child sitting upstairs in my bedroom and hearing my mother shout at the top of her voice that someone “colored . . . colored!” was on the…

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Investigating Hate

Around three in the morning on a cold December Sunday, brothers José and Romel Sucuzhañay began to walk home from a bar in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It was a cloudy night,…

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The Gatekeepers

Toward the end of the Obama presidency, the work of James Baldwin began to enjoy a renaissance that was both much overdue and comfortless. Baldwin stands as one of the…

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Big Bend Border Bloom

Big Bend Border Bloom, a painting by Rosson Crow, whose work was on view last year at Honor Fraser Gallery, in Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Honor Fraser Gallery,…

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“Mistral-sculpted Snow, Mont Ventoux”

“Mistral-sculpted Snow, Mont Ventoux,” a photograph by Rachel Cobb, whose monograph Mistral: The Legendary Wind of Provence was published last month by Damiani. Cobb’s work is on view this month…

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A Sequel to Citizen Kane

The one thing everyone knows about Orson Welles is that he began his Hollywood career at twenty-five with cinema’s biggest big bang—a one-off considered by some to be the greatest…

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Findings

Political scientists concluded that the sharing of hostile political rumors is not motivated by partisanship and is typically practiced by status-hungry, socially marginalized groups who rank high in a “Need…

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Harper’s Index

Estimated number of Nigerians killed in clashes between herders and farmers over the first six months of 2018 : 1,300 In fighting with Boko Haram : 217 Factor by which…

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People Like Me

From Black Is the Body, which will be published in February by Knopf. Bernard is a professor of English and critical race and ethnic studies at the University of Vermont,…

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I Flirted with the Women

From To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight, which was published in September by Wave Books. Hayes’s…

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Box-Seat Drivers

From complaint letters addressed to the New York Philharmonic and subsequent responses, stored in the orchestra’s archive. The letters are dated from 1952–1953. Dimitri Mitropoulos was the music director of…

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Untitled XXIII and Untitled XXVII

Untitled XXIII and Untitled XXVII, paintings by Merikokeb Berhanu, whose work was on view in September at FNB Joburg Art Fair, in Johannesburg. Courtesy the artist and Addis Fine Art…

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Letters

Give Love a Bad Name? John Hockenberry asserts early in his essay that millions of women have reexamined their sexual lives “looking for evidence of victimization” [“Exile,” Memoir, October]. This…

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Bad Faith Arguments

From explanations given by priests as to why sexual abuse was acceptable, as described in Pennsylvania’s “Fortieth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report.” The report, which was released in August, examines…

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New Books

At dinner in San Francisco’s Tenderloin in 1976, the writer Armistead Maupin urged Rock Hudson, the twentieth century’s most famously closeted heartthrob, to come out by writing a book. Hudson’s…

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The Ultimate Warrior

I had finished lunch when I decided to attend the memorial service later that afternoon for Juno Wasserman, who had died the week before, just shy of seventy. Juno had been…

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Reitscape

Reitscape, a mixed-media artwork by Alison Elizabeth Taylor, whose work is on view this month at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. © The artist. Courtesy James Cohan…

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The Silicon Mystique

If I’m having trouble sleeping and feel like spinning my wheels in the dark, I like to meditate on the simulation hypothesis—the idea that we’re living inside a kind of…

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Ethereal Desire

Ethereal Desire, a mixed-media artwork by YoAhn Han, whose work was on view in August at Chase Young Gallery, in Boston. Courtesy the artist and Chase Young Gallery, Boston.

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A Chicken in Every Pot

From Workers’ Tales, a collection of British socialist fairy tales from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, edited by Michael Rosen and published last month by Princeton University Press.…

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A Divine Pat

From Professor at Large, which was published last month by Cornell University Press. It must have seemed some kind of risk to request a sermon from a man once so…

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Bad Boys

From behaviors alleged at trial to have been committed by a unit of Baltimore police officers in the line of duty. The officers were convicted this year of robbery and…

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