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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The quest to save ancient manuscripts
Why America’s national parks need new management
Will New York City finally tear down a statue?
The federal government builds a shrine to its archenemy
Destroying old masterpieces in order to save them
Picking up the pieces in Afghanistan
Sound and soundness in a Stradivarius violoncello
By Lydia Davis, in the Fall 1999 issue of Bomb. “The Old Dictionary” appears in The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, published in 2010 by Picador. I have an old dictionary, about…