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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
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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. 

Inverted Metrics of Value: Leslie Jamison Interviewed by Julia Bosson
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The author on pushing back against the overly simplistic narrative of addiction. 

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Hawthorn Berry by Harmony Holiday
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Hawthorn is a plant that exudes the hospitality of an open heart.

A Panacea for Anti-Intellectualism: Martin Amis’s The Rub of Time by Ryan Chapman
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A new collection of criticism and reportage considers Trump, Bellow, and the pleasures of close reading.

“Truth Is Never the Whole Truth” and Other Aphorisms by Muriel Spark
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February 1 marked the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth, and we’re celebrating with a selection of the British master’s aphorisms, notes, and observations.

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.

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