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Literary Architecture: Quinn Latimer’s Like a Woman: Essays, Readings, Poems by Sylvia Gindick
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The solitude of the voice. 

Tour by Klaus Kertess

The story’s “contents” are spun from actual events: in August 1973, Klaus flies to Los Angeles to meet his then-partner, Lynda Benglis (referred to as “Her”), who was to drive cross-country with him back to New York. Instead, he drives back alone, lost in a disputatious reverie circling around language, Gertrude Stein, modernist literature, mapmaking, and the act of writing.

At the Peephole by Nuar Alsadir
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Years ago, desperate to find a babysitter in a short period of time, I joined two local parents’ groups on the web and remained subscribed to them long after my situation had been resolved. 

Colluding with the Hoax: A Conversation with Kevin Young by Adam Fitzgerald
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The writer of Bunk on American hucksterism, racism, plagiarism, and why we believe what we want to believe.

Looking Back on 2017: Literature
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Featuring selections by Justin Taylor, Shelly Oria, Mary Walling Blackburn, Kevin Killian, Barry Schwabsky, John Freeman, and more.

New York Diary by Édouard Louis
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The French writer Édouard Louis recorded his days in New York, around the time of the American release of his novel The End of Eddy. The following entries originally appeared in French in the June 6, 2017, edition of Les Inrockuptibles.

Rain Like Cotton by Jennifer Kabat
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Picture an area the size of Manhattan covered in sand. It rises and falls and disappears.

Italy, Two Ways: Jessie Chaffee and Minna Zallman Proctor
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“There’s often a gap between what we’re trying to say and what we are able to say. Sometimes I’m successful and sometimes I fail. Sometimes it’s painful and sometimes I get into that space where it feels right. That’s the high.”

Supportive Acts by Justin Torres
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Rickie Vasquez is wondering if all you ever have to offer him are crumbs.

On the Creation of Syllabi by Jesse Ball
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The finger pointing to the hills.

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen by Michael Wilson
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A modestly sized but nonetheless ambitious blend of catalog, monograph, and artist’s project, the book accompanies a touring exhibition of the same name which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, in March 2016.

Beginnings & Endings by Liza St. James
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A bestiary of human proportions in Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses

from The Manhattan Project by László Krasznahorkai
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I sat at the bar of the Zwiebelfisch in Berlin together with David Bell, the renowned Kant scholar; it happened to be one of his regular haunts and it was the only spot where we could have an undisturbed meeting whenever he was in Berlin.

Sarah Gerard’s Sunshine State by Laura van den Berg
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Sarah Gerard’s essay collection, Sunshine State, embodies Florida’s unpredictability in the best sense.

A Punch in 4/4 Time by Valerie Tevere & Angel Nevarez
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On the day of POTUS 45’s inauguration, alt-right front man Richard Spencer was punched in the face during an interview for Australian television.

Theoretically Personal by Sarah Hoenicke
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Resisting confession in Yiyun Li’s Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Hunger for Wholeness by Jenessa Abrams
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Deconstructing self-made myths in Melissa Febos’s Abandon Me

Klaus Kertess (1940–2016)
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What I loved most about Klaus was his old-world elegance. 

Spoleto ‘65 by Bill Berkson
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Frank O’Hara was asked by Gian Carlo Menotti to select the American poets for Settimana della Poesia at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, June 26 through July 2, 1965. 

Geoff Dyer by Ryan Chapman
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“I’m glad that the work is still proving elusive enough to resist attempts to gather it all up in a critical hamper or net.”

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