Contributors: Hazard Adams, Mark Rose, Vincent B. Leitch, Murray Krieger, Wesley Morris,
Michael Clark, Richard Berg, Eddie Yeghiayan, William Sharpe
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One of artist Mike Leavitt’s wedding cake toppers from about five years ago depicts “Brangelina,” or Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and their children as fused and as a notable marriage—even though they were not legally …0
A one-star Amazon review of D.T. Max’s new biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story, lampoons the book as “SHALLOW.” Another one-star review accuses the book of being full of pointless factoids. But it …3
Everyone agreed, the dead robot was making them sad. It lay across the front steps of the Wang family’s house, bucket-shaped head tilted to the side, three arms and three legs sprawled in every direction. Mr. and Mrs. Wang had …7
On the loading dock
I see racked ribs
I think of us
hanging like bats
from the monkey bars:
you take off my hat
to let out the blood.
I float in the river all …3
Low pranks make fine legends. We hear tell but do not witness
the coalminers pinning a work buddy down and sheering
half his beard and head, along with a single eyebrow.
Checkers, they call him. Or sailors who encircle
In the afternoon three things happened to bother me. In order:
1) I read a Times article about the last eunuch of the Chinese emperors dying alone in a Beijing temple. Most eunuchs had saved their “three precious” in jars …5
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, by Marina Keegan. Scribner, 2014. $23, 208 pages.
In the first essay in Marina Keegan’s book The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, she writes, “We’re so young. We’re so young. …6
Translated from Polish by Piotr Florczyk & Boris Dralyuk
Thaw. Oasis of rotten grass, of concrete; puddles.
A dirty snowman in the neighbor’s garden. In front of the house,
the neighbor himself: a shadow in overalls, chewed up by his …
Can something be a portrait if it hasn’t got a face? The straw-hatted man of indeterminate age wears threadbare blue pants and a birdcage-ribcage, well-used black shoes on his resting feet. Loulou the Pomeranian was there when the master let …1
If only the sheet pilings had been driven deeper. If only that barge hadn’t been moored in the Industrial Canal. If only FEMA had responded in hours rather than days. If only Bush had behaved like Lyndon Johnson when Betsy …4