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Readings

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

Come as You Are

From accounts of nonsexual orgasms documented in “Orgasm Range and Variability in Humans: A Content Analysis.” The study was published in the International Journal of Sexual Health in November of…

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The Indirect World

From The Besieged City, a novel that will be published this month by New Directions. Lispector’s novel The Chandelier was published last year by New Directions. Edited by Benjamin Moser…

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Turndown Service

From reviews, published on TripAdvisor, of the Henn-na Hotel, a robot-run resort in Japan that laid off more than half its automated workforce in January. Henn-na bills itself as a…

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Spectrum of Life I

Spectrum of Life I, a painting by Tizta Berhanu, whose work was on view in March at Addis Fine Art, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Courtesy the artist and Addis Fine…

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“In Front of Coralinus, Punggol Central, Block 303C,” “Along Bishan Active Park, Bishan Street 23,” “In Front of Punggol Vista, Block 602C,” and “Along Corporation Road”

Photographs of staked trees in Singapore by Woong Soak Teng, from her book Ways to Tie Trees, published last July by Steidl. Courtesy the artist and Steidl “Along Bishan Active…

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“Round and Round” and “Goofy Duck”

“Round and Round” and “Goofy Duck,” photographs by Joshua Dildine, whose work was on view last July at Mark Moore Fine Art, in Orange, California. Courtesy the artist and Mark…

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A Man on the Moon

From a conversation with Jorge Luis Borges on the translations of his books and poetry, conducted in 1982 by the New Orleans Review and published this month by Bloomsbury in…

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Paradigm Grift

From claims made to an audience of children by speakers at the 106th Indian Science Congress, held in Phagwara in January. The statements were subsequently condemned by thirty-seven of the…

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“L’Indifférence des Étoiles”

“L’Indifférence des Étoiles,” a photograph by Julien Mauve, whose work was on view in January at Galerie Intervalle, in Paris. Courtesy the artist and In the Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Exit Ghost

From a remembrance delivered last May at a memorial service for Philip Roth. Taylor is a professor of writing at the New School. His most recent book, The Hue and…

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Must Flee TV

From a resignation email sent to NBC News in January by William M. Arkin, a national security reporter who had worked at the network off and on since 1999. January 4…

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Larry the Cable Gal

From an account published in HuffPost in December of the ten years the author spent working as a cable technician in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. otto’s mom I…

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Snow Effect

In memory of Tom Clark (1941–2018), from a manuscript in progress. Sigo’s most recent collection of poetry, Royals, was published by Wave Books in 2017. In the day, blood, yet…

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Dinner with Dear Friend

Dinner with Dear Friend, a painting by Alex Kanevsky, whose work was on view last May at Guido Romero Pierini, in Paris. Courtesy the artist and Hollis Taggart, New York…

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Hands at Work III

Hands at Work III, a film quilt by Sabrina Gschwandtner, whose work was on view last March at The Armory Show, in New York City. Read More

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Grandmaster Splash

From EEG, a novel that will be published next month by New Directions. Drndić (1946–2018) was an author and playwright. EEG is her final work. Translated from the Croatian by Celia…

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Republic of Letters

From an interview in the November 28, 2018, edition of Le Monde with Élisabeth Badinter, conducted by Jean Birnbaum. Badinter is a French public intellectual and historian whose three-part history…

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Sweet

From the twentieth issue of the literary annual NOON, which will be published this month. His story “A Dreary One” appeared in NOON in 2018. Gregory Speen learns to not…

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A Thousand Times Yeses

From headlines that have appeared in the New York Times since 2016. Compiled by Henry Freedland. Yes, the Truth Still MattersYes, the News Can Survive the NewspaperYes, There Have Been…

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Red Tape

From explanations given by the Chinese government for why certain artists and celebrities are banned from entering or performing in the country. Behaving badly in social lifeAssociating with countercultureUsing profanity…

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“Entanglement”

“Entanglement,” a photograph by Linda DeStefano Brown, whose work was on view in August in the exhibition Recreating Nature, at Fountain Street Gallery, in Boston. Courtesy the artist and Fountain…

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Garden

From No Matter, which will be published in July by Tim Duggan Books. Because of what I seemed reduced toand I’d expected moreI wore this blankeffectto the receptionnot discouraged, willingand…

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Interfering Patterns and Interfering Patterns and Ghosts

Interfering Patterns and Interfering Patterns and Ghosts, paintings by Eske Kath, whose work was on view in December at Galerie Mikael Andersen, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Courtesy the artist and Galerie…

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Fox

From a manuscript in progress. Carson’s collection of performance pieces Float was published by Knopf in 2016. The aunts sit along the wall in their narrow stone chairs that smell…

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Deep Deep Down

Deep Deep Down, a painting by Amy Casey, whose work was on view in January at Foley Gallery, in New York City. Courtesy the artist and Foley Gallery, New York…

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Opportunity Cost

From Survival Math, which will be published in March by Scribner. Jackson is an associate professor of writing at New York University and the author of The Residue Years. He…

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White Out

From The White Book, published this month by Hogarth. Kang is a professor of creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith.…

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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise, mixed media on canvas by Mark Bradford, whose work was on view last spring at Hauser & Wirth, in Los Angeles. © The artist. Courtesy the artist…

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April 2019