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Miscellany

Reason Not the Need

Self-storage and the dream of infinite space

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False Dawn

A zuihitsu from the early months of the pandemic

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Out of Time

The un-becoming of self

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Notes to Self

Lincoln’s private thoughts on fate, failure, slavery, and belief

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Bumpy Ride

Why America’s roads are in tatters

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Labor’s Schoolhouse

Lessons from the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913

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Bee-Brained

Inside the competitive Indian-American spelling community

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Little Things

The outsized pleasures of the very small

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The Notes of Patrick Modiano

A young writer finds his voice on the radio

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So Subtle a Catch

The illicit attraction of the lowly carp

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Ex Post

The life of a woman of letters

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The Queen and I

The awful seduction of the British monarchy

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Getting to the End

Gambling and suicide in Atlantic City

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Miracles and Wonders

One woman’s search for a perfect bra

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Found Money

Televised auctions and the Great Recession

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A Brief History of Scent

The smell of life and death — and everything in between

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The Separating Sickness

How leprosy teaches empathy

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A Letter to Paul Wolfowitz

Occasioned by the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war

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Disaster Aversion

The quest to control hurricanes

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Misinformation Intern

My summer as a military propagandist in Iraq

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Out of Iraq

The rise and fall of one man's occupation

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Devil’s Work

Secret doings at the Queens Museum of Art

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Adiós, General

Saying good-bye to Pinochet

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What Sort of Car-rt-sort am I?

Junk mail and the search for self

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