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Suppose you came to hear about the day Dr. Wu made himself a victim in the classroom. Not too long ago after his wife had left him, taking with her their only daughter for a job in the Catskills. Beach …2
“There’s always so much going on,” she of the noon pajamas proclaims, and while it’s true we’ve flown in and surprised her, I’m looking at the situation—bookcase with vintage Hobbit and complete Robert Frost, grandkids’ annual pictures lined up on …5
Hey Patriot, whither dost thou flag wander?
What thought could be made
complete while one is thinking?
An inkling day, a little answer
for any family’s tree.
I am aware of my many nationalities.
I know the moment the fog …
How Literature Saved My Life, by David Shields. Knopf, 2013. $25.95, 224 pages.
David Shields opens his fantastic new work, How Literature Saved My Life, in a feint of over-sharing. But he does this to lure us into …2
Eight leaves on
a car hood,
stamped into place
by the rain.
Tree partly turning,
part of the land-
scape, but distinguished
by its grace.
We stood around,
waiting for permission
to entertain the
idea of leaving.
We had no…1
The first winter I was in love it didn’t snow til late December. I was still figuring out how these things worked and sometimes I’d show up to his job when he had not asked me to come.
I had …3
Elinor Lipman was born and grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, and attended Simmons College. She has published novels and short story and essay collections. Her novel Then She Found Me was made into a movie of the same name, directed …1
On a day in late November, my wife and I brought a baby home from the hospital to live with us in our apartment at the corner of Main and Perrin Streets in Lafayette, Indiana. That this baby was …2
I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams by Mark Dery. University of Minnesota Press, 2012. $24.95, 304 pages.
Legendary record producer and gun-toting misogynist Phil Spector never liked the LP. “Two hits and a …0
In this story I fall in love with both men named Adam.
I am prone to sinus infections.
Adam works in a tarp factory.
The other Adam keeps a jar of ten-year-old water on his shelf.
I mix antibiotics with …0