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The Trouble with Iowa

Corn, corruption, and the presidential caucuses

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Rebellion in The Corn Belt

The picketing had not been stopped when we arrived in Sioux City. We had come through Indiana and Illinois into Iowa. In two days we had not passed through wild…

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Cattle Calls

The vanishing breed of the country vet

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Ecce Homo

By Kerry Howley, from Thrown, an account of the world of mixed martial arts narrated by a semi-fictionalized graduate student, out next month from Sarabande.

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Dostoevsky’s Wagers

Gambling for car parts in Osceola, Iowa

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Henry’s Farm

From documents submitted by Sue Grant, an expert witness, in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Henry’s Turkey Service, the operator of a turkey-processing plant…

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Piggy Bank

From a June 8, 1972, letter by William Styron to Frederick Exley, the author of A Fan’s Notes, who was a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa that year.…

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November 2012

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