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The Cult of Mary by Laura van den Berg

As we entered Arezzo, the guide pointed out the prostitutes lining the road. The women looked like awkward, flashy birds, teetering in bright spandex and spiked heels, cheap gold jewelry flashing in the summer sun.

The Turning Look: T. J. Clark Interviewed by Ryan Meehan
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Hope at the point of despair; doubt at the point of hope.

Grief That Drives: R.O. Kwon by Colin Winnette
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The novelist on her loss of faith, youth culture, cult leaders, and spending time with syllables. 

Only Mei Guo Ren by Wendy Xu

When I was thirteen, two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to the house to follow up on a conversation from the week before with my mother. 

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.

Literature of the Present: An Interview with Nick Laird by Will Chancellor
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“Literature is a way of establishing the humanness of others. It’s interested in the relationships between people, between authenticity and truth. That in itself has to make us better disposed to each other.”

Sex, Tattoos, & Geocatastrophe by Lauren LeBlanc
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Freeing Joan of Arc from her Catholic trappings in Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan

Amitav Ghosh and Curt Stager
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If novelists could tell the story of climate change, they might spark the action scientists are calling for in order to save the planet.

Robin Coste Lewis by Matthew Sharpe
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“I don’t accept the idea of my history as tragic.”

Sarah Ruden by Eric Banks
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Hippias Minor is such a handy introduction to Socrates as a personality, to this method of argumentation, to the culture of Athens where you have all these hot-shot foreign speakers like Hippias coming in and making the intellectual fermentation even stronger.”

Hosing Down the Slaughterhouse by Micaela Morrissette
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On Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

Scott Cheshire by Ryan Chapman
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“Post-love, post-work, post-faith, post-home. What’s left?”

Margaret Morton’s Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan by Claudia Steinberg
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Margaret Morton reports that on her first long drive through the mountains of Kyrgyzstan she was delighted when a skyline of minarets and domes appeared out of the silvery-blue, thin, stone-dry air, like a mirage.

Jesse Moss by Pamela Cohn
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Compassion, religion, and secrets in a North Dakota boom town.

Meyer Vaisman by Carlos Brillembourg
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Self-portraiture, architecture, and the divine.

Three Stories by S.D. Chrostowska

Pillars

Somewhere on the crossroads of history they stood: the pillar of Salt and the pillar of Fire. 

Portfolio by Rita Sobral Campos
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Frederik: A story in film, sculpture, and works on paper.

David Brazil, Jackqueline Frost, & Evan Kennedy by Thom Donovan
Poems by Nicholas Elliott

My loves and my fucks rode in separate cars. At the crossing they went opposite ways, the loves to the east and the fucks to the west. I stayed and had a coffee.

Neal Medlyn by Rosa Goldensohn
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Performance artist Neal Medlyn discusses the celebrity public persona, growing up Pentacostal, and his new performance King, running through October 26 at The Kitchen.

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