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20th century

Cowburnt

Most of the public lands in the West, and especially in the Southwest, are what you might call “cowburnt.” Almost anywhere and everywhere you go in the American West you…

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Honky, Napoleon, and the Empress Wu

Memories of a South African childhood

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New Art

Dear Miss Maier (for who would dare address you as Vivian, let alone Viv?),   Inevitable that I should get crushed out on you, I guess. You seem to be…

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Manual of Trickery and Self-Deception

From a recently declassified article, written by an author whose name was redacted, published in the winter 1986 issue of Studies in Intelligence, the in-house journal of the CIA.

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The Body Politic

The battle over Pablo Neruda’s corpse

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Game On

East vs. West, again

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Christmas in Prison

Greeting the holidays in an age of mass incarceration

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Crooked Timber

W. Eugene Smith, Josef Sudek, and humanist photography

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Keeping Time

By Sarah Manguso, from Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, out in March from Graywolf Press. Manguso is the author of several books, including The Guardians and The Two Kinds…

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