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February 2, 2015

Honey, Would You Read My Book? 4

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The transaction is fraught with expectation and fear, hope and anxiety. If it goes badly, the simple offer of pages to read can shake relationships, unsettle marriages, and open wide rifts between partners, lovers, friends.

January 27, 2015

Born Out of Rapt Distraction: On Silvina Ocampo’s ‘Thus Were Their Faces’ 1

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On a moment-to-moment basis the terms of the continued existence of any individual are far more fragile than we dare to feel.

January 26, 2015

I Would Do This for You: The Narrative Possibilities of Leaked Emails 3

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Wikileaks and the news media were interested in these emails for their geopolitical implications, but they also represent a veritable cornucopia of narrative pleasures, all the more delectable because they are strange and secret and real.

January 22, 2015

Summer without End 1

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The habitual aspect may be the antidote to anxiety. But patterns finish. The rhythm ends in grief. The grooves betray.

January 21, 2015

It’s Not You, It’s Us: Apartment Hunting in Brooklyn 21

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I couldn’t really picture myself living here. But I tried anyway. I had a premonition of standing in the middle of a pretty-decent sized kitchen, sautéing garlic shrimp for my blow-up girlfriend.

January 20, 2015

Is ‘Jesus’ Son’ a ‘Red Cavalry’ Rip-Off? 2

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What does Denis Johnson mean by calling his most iconic book a “rip-off” of Red Cavalry? In terms of locations and circumstances, the books are radically different. But, on closer look, they actually do share a lot in common.

January 20, 2015

A World Made of Words: On Anthony Doerr’s Nouns and Verbs 19

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Twenty-one words, three simple clauses, and wham, you are there.

January 14, 2015

Biography: The Incredible Expanding Form 3

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Nowadays, human beings are no longer the sole suitable subjects for a biography, which is coming to mean an account of just about anything’s life, or history, or essence.

January 14, 2015

You’re (Not) My Favorite 11

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Favorites — either being them or having them — were for suckers. Favorites were out.

January 9, 2015

Glad Hall: On the Cycles of Home 2

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Houses hold memories — even if not all of them are good ones. They hold the life of a family — its beginnings, its end.