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On The Absurdities Of Law On The US-Mexican Border
There are, generally speaking, two areas of immigration law practice: one is in the interior of the United States and the other is along its border. Common strains run through each, but their physical location is the least of their differences. They
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Literary Disco Considers the Genius of Tommy Orange
The debut novel from Tommy Orange has been on almost every Best Of 2018 list, but does the Literary Disco trio agree? In this week’s episode, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss the complex and multifaceted approach to identity—and how Orange avoids the us
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Why Can’t Sisters Get Along? A Reading List
When I first read P.K. Page’s 1946 poem, “Sisters,” I knew, even without having a sister of my own, that the poet had captured at least part of the truth of this unique relationship. “They split each other open like nuts,” Page wrote. The image has s
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Diary of a Shutdown: A Furloughed Worker Watches 24 Hours of CNN
Wednesday, January 16th, 8:00 am Normally at this minute I’d be hanging up my winter coat and sitting down at my desk at work, but because of the government shutdown, I’m at home on the couch, my chocolate brown, long-haired dachshund in my lap, watc
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David Treuer On The Myth Of An Edenic, Pre-Columbian ‘New’ World
When Columbus arrived in the Bahamas in 1492, and when Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot in English) landed on the mainland of North America in 1497, they arrived in a vast land, but also in an equally vast and varied cultural landscape that had been evolv
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An Account of the Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard by the Police Officer, Lynwood Shull
On the cool winter night of February 12, 1946, Isaac Woodard Jr. climbed aboard a Greyhound bus in Augusta, Georgia, on his last leg home to Winnsboro, South Carolina, from a journey that had begun in the Philippines several weeks before. Woodard, wh
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Why Does This Small Connecticut Town Have So Many Olympians?
Tucked between two interstates in the northeastern United States is a pocket square of a place that has become an unlikely Olympic pipeline. Near the 89 and 91 interchange lies the town of Norwich, a hilly and wooded family-oriented farming community
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Why I Started Publishing an ‘Indigenous Version’ of My Articles
Two years ago on Thanksgiving Day, I reported from North Dakota along the muddy banks of Canté Peta Creek on the borderlands of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The Indigenous-led movement to try and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline had drawn a ma
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A Brief and Incomplete Survey of Edgar Allan Poes in Pop Culture
What’s the first image that pops into your head when you think of Edgar Allan Poe? Is it this ubiquitous one? Maybe it’s that snapshot of your old roommate from Halloween 2011, when she tied a fake bird to her arm and knocked everyone’s champagne gla
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“Helmet, Kid, Bike.” Remembering Claudio López de Lamadrid
Claudio López de Lamadrid, beloved Spanish editor at Grupo Editor, died January 11th, at the age of 59. * Claudio López always left early. He was not gifted with patience and had a very low boredom threshold, so he mastered the art of disappearance t
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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on AIDS, the Complacent Center-Left, and Higher Ed in the 90s (Drugs)
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the guest on this episode of Otherppl. Her new novel Sketchtasy is available from Arsenal Pulp Press. * Described as “startlingly bold and provocative” by Howard Zinn, “a cross between Tinkerbell and a honky Malcolm X w
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On Black Millennials in Search of the New South
Over the last few years I’ve been trying to find the “New South” that young Black millennials like me are moving to. That Black Mecca of upwardly mobile Black folk that is so prominent in the Black imagination. But I can’t. I look for it every time I
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Did Diderot’s Legacy Live Up To His Genius?
Sometime during the snowy winter of 1793, under cover of night, a small group of thieves pried open a wooden door leading into the Church of Saint-Roch. Forced entry into the Paris sanctuary was nearly a weekly occurrence during this time of revoluti
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The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud
The enchantment of a piece of writing delivered by the human voice may come on little cat feet, so to speak, slipping in so softly that we hardly notice its arrival. It can also dash forward and strike with a blow, as it did one night in 1917 to the
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Where New York’s Literary Single Girls Lived
When I’m at war with the world, contemplating old failures and fresh regrets, I go online to revisit a New York building where I once lived. Eighteen Gramercy Park South is now full of Robert Stern-designed full-floor apartments, an attached maisonet
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Poet Mary Oliver Dies at 83
Mary Oliver, a prolific poet whose work garnered a wide audience for its clear, direct explorations of the natural world, died Thursday at her home Hobe Sound, Florida, according to Bill Reichblum, her literary executor. She was 83. In more than 15 c
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This Week on Reading Women: Most Anticipated Books of 2019
Reading Women is a weekly podcast where women discuss books by or about women. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with talented w
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A Literary Outpost on the End of Long Island
Driving out east to the Hamptons today evokes a certain image: ritzy parties attended by Alec Baldwin and Gwyneth Paltrow; massive mansions owned by Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, and their celebrity counterparts; days spent picnicking on pris
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Still In Love
The Professor was a better drill sergeant and a better sermonizer than Mark, and because he had no interest whatsoever in the students’ lives outside the classroom and rebuffed every attempt Mark made to share any facts about their health or families
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Sam Lipsyte on the Key to Writing: “It All Has to Be the Good Part.”
Sam Lipsyte’s newest novel Hark is out now from Simon and Schuster.  * Who do you most wish would read your book? My mother died before I ever published any books, so she would be my first choice. She was the one who encouraged me the most, and helpe
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‘Meeting You In The First Place Was Great Though’ A Poem By Rachael Allen
I am the girl with chapped cheeks and blue bow with my breasts taped down dancing silently on my father’s lap of course I wake with a start in the new bedroom painted blue in a cacophonous pool of blood the moon sways over me whitely too quickly bord
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Reading Across America: Have Your Poetry and Eat It, Too
The only worthy reason to leave my warm, cozy apartment on the first rainy weekend of December was in the pursuit of poetry. I was looking for an event that was lived and embodied, beyond a literary experience. Thankfully, I found it in Tender Table.
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Rediscovering Reading After Graduate School Nearly Destroyed It
I read hundreds of pages a week for my English PhD program. When I left my program after four years, I discovered an unexpected side effect: I could no longer read the vast majority of adult fiction. This wasn’t just a matter of taste, but of physica
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New Poetry by DaMaris Hill
Harriet Beecher Spruill-Hill, United States European Command, Patch Barracks in Cold War Germany (circa 1953) Harriet Beecher Spruill-Hill April 16, 1928 and I don’t care to remember . . . See, I had a grandma who could read at lightning speeds. Now
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Literary Disco: How Does the Story of Tarzan Stand Up Today?
Welcome to 2019, the perfect year to dive into the classic tale of… Tarzan! Ok, the first Tarzan was published in 1912, but this year marks the hundredth anniversary of The Jungles of Tarzan, in which a teenage Tarzan grapples with being a teenager.
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Lauren Groff and Rachel Kushner Talk Prisons, Prairies, and Power
Listen to this conversation—which originally took place in November 2018, at The Archive Project by Literary Arts. * John Freeman: You both moved from one place to another at a significant stage in your life. Rachel, you moved from Oregon to Californ
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How to Say “I’m a Writer” and Mean It
I’m a writer. For years, I couldn’t say it. I wondered when I would. How many publications would it take? What finish line would I cross? And then it happened: at a wine tasting, a place I already didn’t belong, when a petite, dark-haired woman servi
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Alice Munro Helped Me Finish My Story (And I Didn’t Even Know It)
I never meant to plagiarize Alice Munro. I had been having problems with a story of mine called “The Colossus of Rhodes,” the most autobiographical story in my collection, Mothers. Maybe that’s why it was one of the most difficult to get right. It de
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“Ideas of Heaven” A Poem by Dorianne Laux
My mother’s idea of heaven was a pulse, nurses in white spilling light across fields with hurricane lamps, bandage rolls, syringes, pain killers, stethoscopes, pressure cuffs, patella hammers. Twice she almost died herself, and so knew heaven was not
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This Science Fiction Novelist Created a Feminist Language from Scratch
Can a language be designed specifically to express the thoughts and feelings of women? In 1984, the linguist Suzette Haden Elgin wrote a science fiction novel to test this question. The result was Native Tongue, a dystopian tale of a future America t
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