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Social conditions

The Vanishing

The plight of Christians in an age of intolerance

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Worlds Apart

By Inger Christensen, from The Condition of Secrecy. Christensen (1935–2009) was a Danish poet and writer. The book, a collection of essays, will be published in November by New Directions.…

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The Fountain Pen

From the journal I did not keep

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As Goes the South, So Goes the Nation

History haunts, but Alabama changes

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The Death of a Once Great City

The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence

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Family History

By Zora Neale Hurston, from Barracoon, a previously unpublished ethnography based on interviews that she conducted with eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis in Alabama in 1927 and 1928. Lewis was then the…

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If These Walls Could Talk

The strange history of our futile border fortifications

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Nobody Knows

When I was eighteen, I spent several months working as a bus girl at a diner. It was a cheerful-looking place, facing San Francisco Bay. The kitchen was L-shaped: the…

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The Other Whisper Network

How Twitter feminism is bad for women

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