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June 22, 2016

An Attack on the American Experiment: On Gay Clubs and Orlando 1

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I spent many boring hours in gay clubs, but I liked them because they were unsafe. You don’t learn anything in safe spaces.

June 21, 2016

Love, Concisely: Revisiting Mary Robison’s ‘Subtraction’ 0

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25 years after its release, ‘Subtraction’ stands out as a high-wire act of the novel form — taut in expression yet rich with humanity, expertly crafted and unfairly neglected.

June 17, 2016

An Intimacy That Is Absolute: On (Reluctantly) Becoming a Father 10

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New husbands and dads, formerly the street-fighting men of my 20s, stood on patios with plastic monitors clipped to their belts, refusing to answer my questions with anything but swallows of beer.

June 17, 2016

Dreams of My Father 3

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For years, decades, I did not dream of my father. I thought of him. I resented him occasionally for my imperfect childhood. Never was he in my dreams. Sometimes I wondered why that was. Everyone dreams of the dead, sooner or later.

June 16, 2016

Blake, Trump, and the Road of Excess: An Urban Legend 1

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Who could resist the irony? Donald Trump, the poster boy for capitalist braggadocio, has two of William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell” framed on the wall of the library in his Trump International Hotel & Tower.

June 15, 2016

Let’s Not Get It On: The Indefensible Sex Scene 15

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How can you take me there if the word “loins” is used even once? How can you take me there if you won’t admit that there are smells? And pubic hairs that must occasionally be plucked from the tip of your tongue or hocked up discreetly in the shower sometime later.

June 14, 2016

I Will Never Sing Adviser Karaoke at Yearbook Camp 1

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In some ways, yearbook camp felt like an extended Tony Robbins seminar. Each morning we met in the auditorium, where one of the staff led us in a group chant to get us fired-up for the day. I am from New Jersey, and only get fired-up for pizza and pork roll sandwiches.

June 13, 2016

Maylis de Kerangal: France’s Unlikely Literary Rebel 1

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Maylis de Kerangal is threatening a segment of the French literary establishment — and questioning what it means to be a fiction writer in France.

June 9, 2016

Ernest Hemingway: Middlebrow Revolutionary 30

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Like many men who pride themselves on their toughness and self-reliance, Hemingway was almost comically insecure and prone to betray anyone who had the effrontery to do him a favor.

June 8, 2016

The Psychiatrist’s Assistant: A Brief Anecdotal Study in Hierarchies 1

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As it happened, the doctor had her own creative pursuits on the side: a short story collection that she was paying to have printed by what was known, in literary circles and beyond, as a vanity press.