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Readings

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

Big Cabin

From Big Cabin, which was published in July by Coffee House Press. I like it here in this cabin.I like looking out the windowat the pond and the trees beyondand…

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The Dancing Plague

The Dancing Plague, a painting by Andy Harper, whose work was on view in January at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, in London. Courtesy the artist and Danese/Corey, New York City…

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Straight Talk Express

From an interview given to talkRADIO on June 25 by Boris Johnson, a former mayor of London and current British M.P. who, at the time of publication, was considered a…

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“Handkerchief 3,” “Handkerchief 2,” “Handkerchief 7,” and “Handkerchief 14”

“Handkerchief 3,” “Handkerchief 2,” “Handkerchief 7,” and “Handkerchief 14,” ambrotypes by Susan Seubert, whose work was on view in May at Froelick Gallery, in Portland, Oregon. Courtesy the artist and…

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“The Hotel” and “Hidden Stairs”

“The Hotel” (above) and “Hidden Stairs” (below), photographs by Travis Fox, from his series The Pines, which documents an abandoned Jewish summer resort in the Catskill Mountains of New York.…

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Charles in Charge

From Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America, published this month by Simon and Schuster. Every quarter, the business leaders from Koch Industries’ various divisions…

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Moon Shots

From research topics funded by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency between 2007 and 2012. The list was obtained by the Federation of American Scientists. BiomaterialsMetamaterialsFusion propulsion Read More

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Flight Log

From the cockpit transcript of a Navy training flight near Seattle, in 2017. The exchange was released in May, following an investigation. Excerpts from the transcript were first published by…

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6th Lord of the Underworld

6th Lord of the Underworld, a mixed-media artwork by Joseph Burwell, whose work was on view last month at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, in New York City. © The artist. Courtesy…

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War Endures

War Endures, a painting by Olive Ayhens, whose work will be on view in November at Bookstein Projects, in New York City. Courtesy the artist and Bookstein Projects, New York…

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The Rest of Lord Byron

The Rest of Lord Byron, a painting by Miki Leal, whose work was on view in February at ARCOmadrid, in Madrid. Courtesy the artist and F2 Galería, Madrid

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New Things in My Life

By Lydia Davis, from a manuscript in progress. Her collection of essays, Essays One, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in November. It takes me so long to…

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Night

By Ed Skoog, from Travelers Leaving for the City, which will be published in March of next year by Copper Canyon Press. Read More

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Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution

By Caleb Crain, from Overthrow, which will be published this month by Viking. Crain’s previous novel was Necessary Errors. A little before one, Leif’s phone gave the black?fly buzz that…

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Junk Science

From statements made about opioid use in Exit Wounds: A Survival Guide to Pain Management for Returning Veterans and Their Families, by Derek McGinnis, an Iraq War veteran. Exit Wounds is one of several…

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Party Fouls

From descriptions of behaviors considered by the Chinese government to be signs of extremism, as compiled in China Story Yearbook: Power, edited by Jane Golley, Linda Jaivin, Paul J. Farrelly,…

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Depend on the Morning Sun

Depend on the Morning Sun, a painting by Diana Copperwhite, whose work was on view in May at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, in New York City. Courtesy the artist and…

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“Swimming pool III, Tracks series, Bamako”

“Swimming pool III, Tracks series, Bamako,” a photograph by François-Xavier Gbré, whose work was on view in March at Museo MAN d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Italy. © The artist and…

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“Floresta Negra #6” and “Floresta Negra #1”

“Floresta Negra #6” and “Floresta Negra #1,” photographs by Ruud van Empel, whose work was on view in June at Huxley-Parlour Gallery, in London. © The artist. Courtesy Huxley-Parlour Gallery,…

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A stone and a star

A stone and a star, a painting by Hollis Heichemer, whose work was on view in May at Hollis Taggart, in New York City. Courtesy the artist and Hollis Taggart,…

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GSENM: Slot Canyon #1

GSENM: Slot Canyon #1, a mixed-media artwork by Alison Elizabeth Taylor, whose work was on view in February as part of the exhibition Borders, at James Cohan, in New York…

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Lost Boy

From the introduction to a forthcoming edition of her book On Michael Jackson, which was first published by Pantheon in 2006. In the first year of the twenty-first century my…

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Pinball Wizard

From Lowest White Boy, published in May by West Virginia University Press. He lumbered around a friend’s neighborhood on the other side of the city, slow and friendly, a 250-pound…

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Ramblin’ Man

From This Land, which will be published this month by Viking. Ketcham is a journalist who reports on the American West. His most recent article for Harper’s Magazine, “The Rogue…

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Something True

From his novel Turbulence, published this month by Scribner. She woke to the dim stillness of the cabin. This had already happened several times, and each time what she had…

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I Contain Platitudes

From statements made by Joe Biden, current presidential candidate and former vice president, since he first ran for office in 1969. Read More

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Alms for the Führer

From a list of gifts given to President Trump by foreign officials in 2017, which was published by the State Department’s Office of the Chief of Protocol in March. The…

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The Street Knows It’s Changed

From a manuscript in progress. The street knows it’s changed its direction.once it was here now it’s the way tosomeplace else benches had waiting Read More

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September 2019