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Readings

Excerpts from the best and most bizarre new books, testimonies, government documents, journals, news reports, speeches, and letters.

A venison of loveliness

A venison of loveliness, a painting by Sanam Khatibi, whose work is on view this month at P.P.O.W., in New York City. Courtesy the artist; Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; and P.P.O.W.,…

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“Lucy Watering at Night, 1973”

“Lucy Watering at Night, 1973,” a photograph by Michael Jang, from his monograph, Who Is Michael Jang?, which was published in September by Atelier Éditions. Jang’s work is on view…

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Louder, Power Tower, and Street Light

Louder, Power Tower, and Street Light, paintings by An Gyungsu, whose work was on view in June at PIBI Gallery, in Seoul. Courtesy the artist and PIBI Gallery, Seoul

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Reappearing Act

From 97,196 Words, a collection of the author’s non-fiction writing, published this month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. This story was written as a statement of intent for a film…

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Sex and Sensibility

From an interview with Vladimir Nabokov conducted by Alberto Ongaro in 1966 for L’Europeo, included in Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews, and Letters to the Editor, a book…

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Property Buzzards

From interviews of two residents of the Ibis Golf and Country Club by Palm Beach Post reporter Tony Doris. Doris interviewed the homeowners, Siobhan Casimano and Cheryl Katz, after Casimano…

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No. 13 Baby

From Night Boat to Tangier, a novel published in September by Doubleday. At the Café Central, in Plaza de la Constitución, he drank café solo and waited. Around him there was…

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The High Court

From descriptions of behaviors of magistrates at the Virginia Beach Magistrate Office. The accusations were included in a complaint filed this year by a female magistrate against the Office of…

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Friend: Jana

Friend: Jana, a mixed-media artwork by Ann Toebbe, whose work was on view in July at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, in New York City. Courtesy the artist and Tibor De…

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Senior Portrait

From The Collector of Leftover Souls, a collection of non-fiction published this month by Graywolf Press. This story, first published in the Brazilian magazine Época, is based on a week the…

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Rumors

From Fear of Description, a book of narrative poetry published this month by Penguin. Read More

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In the Cards

From “The Fool,” which appears in The Fool and Other Moral Tales, a collection of stories published last month by New Directions. Translated from the French by Mark Hutchinson. I…

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Face Lift

From modifications made to photographs of suspects by N.Y.P.D. officers before entering them into facial-­recognition software, as referenced in “Garbage In, Garbage Out: Face Recognition on Flawed Data,” a report…

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[Untitled]

A photograph by Demetris Koilalous from Caesura: The Duration of a Sigh, a monograph about the experience of migrants who cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, which was published last…

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Hamlet

Hamlet, a hand-embroidered found photograph by Julie Cockburn, from her monograph Stickybeak, which was published by Chose Commune in September. Cockburn’s work is on view this month at Flowers Gallery,…

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Meow Mixer

From user reviews on Amazon of Pinot Meow, a non-alcoholic beet-based drink for cats that is marketed as “cat wine.” My cat loved itMy cats didn’t seem to like itMy…

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American Sonnet for the Magic Apples

From a manuscript in progress. Or the one drunken half-quarter grand uncle recallingThe sound speckled apples on his fabled real daddy’sCoastal orchard made falling multidimensionallyTo the vaguely salty combination of…

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“Fent’s Prairie, near Salina, Kansas, Late May, 2018”

“Fent’s Prairie, near Salina, Kansas, Late May, 2018,” a photograph by Terry Evans, whose work was on view in March at Catherine Edelman Gallery, in Chicago. © The artist. Courtesy…

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Three Trick Pony

Three Trick Pony, a painting by David Hytone, whose work was on view in July at Gallery 16, in San Francisco. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 16, San Francisco

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Left of Europe

From an interview with Neil Davidson published in the Summer 2019 issue of New Politics. Davidson teaches at the University of Glasgow. His most recent book, We Cannot Escape History,…

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Baggage Claims

This is the story of a layover. Who tells that story? I’m telling it to you now. One January evening, my flight got delayed out of Louisiana, where I’d been…

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Bed Death & Beyond

From The Undying, which will be published this month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. There is no more tragic piece of furniture than a bed, how it falls so quickly from…

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Private Domain

Private Domain, a mixed-media artwork by Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, whose work was on view in April at the Carlow University Art Gallery, in Pittsburgh. Read More

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Longing, To Hover and DT—Reminiscence, Will I Be Missed

Longing, To Hover and DT—Reminiscence, Will I Be Missed, paintings on burlap by Kaveri Raina, whose work was on view in August at Luhring Augustine, in New York City. © Kaveri…

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Regarding the Pen of Others

By Benjamin Moser, from Sontag: Her Life and Work, which will be published by Ecco this month. “In the Freudian conception,” wrote one author, “as it gradually emerged through these…

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Sundowner

From ECLIPSE, a manuscript in progress. It began with black maps. Distant points of light.Connecting the dots, she could see shapes forming in the firmament.Fragments of bodies. An arm. A…

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“Destroyed House Op Noord 5”

“Destroyed House Op Noord 5,” a photograph of an installation assembled in an abandoned house, by Marjan Teeuwen, whose work is currently on view at Les Rencontres de la photographie…

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Cogs of War

From the December 30, 1979, entry in his diary, which was released in May by the George Washington University National Security Archive. Chernyaev, a member of the Central Committee of…

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November 2019