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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. $27.00, 312 pages.
Jeff Speck is a city planner in Washington, DC, a prominent leader in the New Urbanism movement, …1
Contributors: Jeffrey Bailey, Richard W. Bevis, Richard Cecil, Lewis Chesser, Michael Collier, Billy Collins, Rosemary Daniell, Barbara De La Cuesta, John L. Digaetani, Van Foley, Ellen Gilchrist, Roger Gillis, S.J., David C. Gordon, Bruce Henricksen, Brooke Hopkins, Forrest Ingram, Milton …0
In Panama the ceiling fan stirs up a pandemonia of feeding, fleeing, breeding things Señor was sent there to ignore. Enlisted in the corps, Señor wore camouflage as a way to show the world the threat they were to him …2
You could walk along, seeing the water in its pace, a bird sitting on a rock, flying up and up, to the other side without thinking twice about customs and passport. Spreading, gliding, shitting on a picture-taker like me.
On page 89 I was thinking about Picasso’s collection.
Not one impressionist painting,
not one painting in which light plays any part.
Not even in the admirable Cezanne,
not even in the large Renoir.
I could see in my mind’s …
Two hundred frames in, you decide the sketches
are too shaky once set in motion. You throw them
in the garbage, dump your spaghetti on top so
there would be no way to salvage them. This repeats
again, except the …
They found me looking happy
by the East River. Fifty lashings, they said.
For believing, I was punished.
For doubting, I was punished.
My family, we were celebrants, we enthused the South, we enthused the North.
Testify, they said, and …
The Testing of Luther Albright, by MacKenzie Bezos. Harper, 2005. $14.99, 256 pages.
Some readers maintain that plots conform to several basic skeletons, with minor variations in between. Regardless of whether this is true, of the models currently on …1
Contributors: Susan Barker Adamo, Malaika King Albrecht, Randy Bates, John Biguenet, Rebecca Black, Don Brady, Catherine Savage Brosman, Maxine Cassin, Peter Cooley, Nancy Cotton, Joel Dailey, Margo Davis, Phanuel Akubueze Egejuru, Gina Ferrara, Ken Fontenot, Dennis Formento, Ken French, Louis Gallo, …1
needs convincing. The life we’re living will just be hours,
however unrecognizable: the fact of that starling
trapped. Panic turned pipe noise. Or the fact
of any bird’s name—another says…