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A Loose Fish

From Last Letter to a Reader, an essay collection, which will be published in May by And Other Stories. I have my own way of assessing the worth of a…

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The Licentiate’s Children

From a speech published in the book El arte de la distorsión. Vásquez is the author, most recently, of the story collection Songs for the Flames. Translated from the Spanish.…

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The Portrait Gallery

What the American Academy of Arts and Letters taught me about death

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Math Rock

From “One, Two, Three . . . Infinity,” an essay in the anthology Ways of Hearing, which will be published this month by Princeton University Press. My father wanted his own orchestra.…

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Making Meaning

Against “relevance” in art

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Making Meaning

You may know what you want, but you may not know what you need

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No Time But the Present

From Breaking Bread with the Dead, which was published last month by Penguin Press. Navigating life in the internet age is a lot like doing battlefield triage. There are days…

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Paperback to the Future

From Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader, a collection of essays published next month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The other day I was asked a question of fact…

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Dangerous Minds

From titles of books and periodicals that are banned, or of which issues are banned, in Louisiana state prisons. Pinterest for BusinessSmart Moves Beyond Mutual FundsO, The Oprah MagazineThe Prada…

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