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    Crime Shows

    I watch crime shows from Norway and Sweden. Wallander and Salamander and others with names I can’t pronounce. I watch crime shows from England with American actors. There are guys who ...

    On November 8, 2014 / By
  • David Sedaris

    David Sedaris is Sick of Himself

    David Sedaris and I were riding down Commonwealth Avenue in the backseat of his media escort’s Chevy Impala. I was trying to take notes without getting carsick, ...

    On November 1, 2014 / By
  • Voices

    The Living Dead

    Over Memorial Day, we visited one of those touristy shops at Hampton Beach and I broke down and bought my son a hermit crab. For Lewis, part of ...

    On October 31, 2014 / By
  • Deep End

    Poverty is not a Culture

    Sendhil Mullainathan had studied poverty for years, and something haunted him in nearly every study. Born into a small rural village in India, the Harvard behavioral economist and ...

    On October 31, 2014 / By
  • Fiction

    Temptation’s Crush

    It’s nearly 6:00 p.m., six hours before my thirtieth birthday. I’ve been running on the treadmill for about thirty-five minutes, having arrived here from school, grad school that ...

    On October 31, 2014 / By
  • Ideas

    City of Widows

    In the month of July, when both heat and humidity are at their peak in the holy city of Vrindavan in north India, thousands of devotees stream in ...

    On October 24, 2014 / By
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    The Tonic of Wildness

    In which a teacher takes her urban high school students to the woods to front "only the essential facts of life." ...

    On October 24, 2014 / By
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    The Raised Brow

    Licensed Outlaws

    In Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and The Renegades of Nashville, Michael Streissguth is on the authenticity trail. He wants to find it in the guise of the country-music ...

    On October 24, 2014 / By
  • Photo: “Lone Tree”

    The Pain Scale

    Today is a good day so I can offer or try to offer connective parts like connective tissue, invisible: what extends between us. So it isn’t so much offering as pointing out: ...

    On October 24, 2014 / By