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Social life and customs


By Jon Cotner, from issue 5 of Gigantic magazine. Cotner is an artist and poet who teaches at Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn. The following lines are spoken by participants in…

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In Gabrovo

By Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011), from The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos, to be published in March by New York Review Books. Edited by Colin Thubron…

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Chicago Is the Future

It was in 1988 that I moved to the bedraggled neighborhood of Hyde Park in order to study American history at the University of Chicago. I left the city ten…

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Jump Juan Crow

A Southern family struggles to avoid deportation

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Cocoa Buff

From a passage dated December 30, 1668, in the journal of Edward Montagu, first Earl of Sandwich, discovered earlier this year by Kate Loveman and partially quoted in The Journal…

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Showing a Little Leg

A pilgrimage to Ellen Altfest’s body paintings

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Voice in the Night

From Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism, by Jennifer Percy, to be published in January by Scribner. The book is an account of the two summers Percy spent reporting on a…

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Bartók’s Monster

Stalking the dead composer through Transylvania

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