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Wayne Koestenbaum’s Figure It Out by Tracy O’Neill
Figure It Out By Wayne Koestenbaum

In a career spanning over two decades, Wayne Koestenbaum has copped to a lot.

Wayne Koestenbaum’s Figure It Out by Tracy O’Neill
Figure It Out By Wayne Koestenbaum

In a career spanning over two decades, Wayne Koestenbaum has copped to a lot.

Pessimism Is More Inclusive: Porochista Khakpour Interviewed by Myriam Gurba
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The writer on her new book Brown Album, personal essays, camp as armor, the hyperreal, and designing her own Barbie.

Mysterious Unfixable Elements: Olivia Laing Interviewed by Alex Zafiris
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On writing to include others, artists who generate hope, and how constriction can be inventive.

Nearly Any Two Things Can Cohere by Asiya Wadud

The condition of most of our lives is that of continuous flight, in some manner or form—flight from faulty logic, from place of birth to the place we alight, from situations that no longer serve us, from political precarity—flight, as in rupture.

To Go Local by Erica Cardwell
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Natasha Stagg’s Sleeveless by Eugenie Dalland
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Stagg’s essays, stories, and profiles on art and fashion speak to the new spaces and meanings created by the Internet.

Hardening by Danielle Sosin

My mother sits on a coral reef, her gray hair undulating around her head, face blank, her eyes like a fish’s…

So Many Ways to Live a Life: Dan Fox Interviewed by Michael Barron
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The writer on his new book of essays and the state of limbo as a necessary state of artistic life.

Reappear, Remind, Reverberate: Chelsea Biondolillo Interviewed by Erica Trabold
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The essayist on writing about birds to bridge thematic leaps from fathers to tattoos to cross-continental moves.

Beyond Gist: On The William H. Gass Reader by Tyler Flynn Dorholt
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Sixty years of writing about language.

The Inexpressible: Erica Trabold Interviewed by Kristina Tate
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The writer on Swedish Nebraska, the lyric essay, and brevity as a superpower. 

Canids in Orbit: Kurt Caswell Interviewed by Taylor Larsen
Sputnik Asm

The writer discusses what Laika, the first Soviet space dog, can teach us about companionship and loneliness. 

Justice as Joy: Lacy M. Johnson Interviewed by Jennifer Baker
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The writer on surviving assault, deepening our standards for justice, and resisting forgiveness as the only way to move through pain.

Real Worlds and Dream Worlds: Amy Fusselman by Matvei Yankelevich
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The writer on the space between poetry and prose, how fighting is like dancing, and the resonant symbolism of the idiophone.

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Black Seed by Harmony Holiday
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With Nigella Sativa, we arrive at midnight together, to the intimacy that can come from mass hysteria. 

Nothing Is Ever Wrong: Chelsea Hodson by Alex Zafiris
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The writer on surrendering, working through her avoidance, and using her body as an anchor. 

Fraught Engagement: Lucas Mann, author of Captive Audience by Nicholas Mancusi
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The writer on the artistic and emotional merits of reality TV. 

From This Side and from That Side by Gabriela Wiener
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We are street people. Nomadic by nature. We are the grandchildren of poor, adventurous strangers. Our living radicalizes their legacy.

A Taxonomy of Refusal: On Anne Boyer’s A Handbook of Disappointed Fate by Julia Bosson
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Essays that investigate the poetics of “no.”

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Blue Vervain by Harmony Holiday
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The black music of herbs. 

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