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Old age and the end of nature

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The fever called “living” is conquered at last

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Meditations on a diminishing world

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Listening for the lessons of nature

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The American dissident

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Individualism as a matter of conscience

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Life among Vermont’s hippies, hunters, bears, and moose

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On learning to see the gravity of bears and the wonder of beetles

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Truths only essays can tell

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On a transcontinental train, looking for America

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The hunger in Manhattan life

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Contemplating suicide

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Last call for screechie, shandy, and the sneeze mob

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Heart of Darkness and its journey downriver

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On February 5, 2019, the president of the United States (a certain Donald Trump) in his State of the Union speech warned of “migrant caravans and accused Mexican cities of busing migrants to the border ‘to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection.’ ”? Wishing to see the border for myself, I decided to visit Arizona, where my ignorance of local conditions might save me from prejudgment.

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On a November Saturday in 1990, Pam went over to Joe’s place to listen to records. It was raining in sheets that whipped around the corners of buildings and blowing so hard that women in heels were taking men’s arms to cross the street. Cars were plowing bow waves through puddles of scum.

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