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The Plague Legends
I’ve come across these legends in my life before, but only occasionally. Never so many at once.
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Breathe In
If I had known, maybe I would have paused before so completely surrendering my body to the US military.
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This body, your body, is always ready — for love, for affection, for pleasure, for decadent songs of praise.
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Itasca, Alight
In the spring of 1995, ecologist Becky Marty, still a new hire at Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota, lit Preachers Grove on fire. It was a bold decision, choosing a popular stand in the heart of the park as the first to burn. But Becky didn’t h
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Raising a Stink
At some time during the Tokugawa period in Japan, the magistrates in the coastal city of Osaka received an air quality complaint. Residents who lived near the port objected to the foul smell that emanated from some of the docking ships. A thriving ur
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Julia Fine: Ghosts of Rebel Children’s Book Authors
The author of The Upstairs House on postpartum depression, hauntings, and the legacy of Margaret Wise Brown.
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Shark’s Eye
The more I learned about the pain humans can cause each other, the more I turned to sharks.
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I dream I’m making tender love with an owl. The next morning, I see talon marks across my chest that trace the path of my owl-lover’s embrace. Two weeks later I learn that I’m pregnant. You may wonder: How could such a thing come to pass between woma
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It was the winter of manatees, Captain / Rhonda and her chartered pontoon boat / floating down the Crystal River.
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No Free Trials
Enrolled in a COVID-19 vaccine trial, one writer weighs the history and cost of “doing it for science.”
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Win Me Something
I wondered again if I should tell her my mom was not Asian like I was, to see if that changed things…
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I was still working out how to live in the shadow of my mother's absence, just as I had learned to live with all that had been lost of our homeland.
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Back Draft: Rebecca Donner
The author discusses her family's connection to the Nazi resistance in Germany and writing through historical gaps.
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Ten-year-old Adaugo woke under the udala tree, gasping. The voice of her mother echoed in her thoughts. She had not been sleeping well since the flood and had taken to nodding off in the shade of this tree. From where she sat, she saw a woman struggl
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I could not figure out what someone of my skin color would have been doing in the 88th Volunteer Infantry, or any other regiment for that matter.
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Samantha Rose Hill On Hannah Arendt: “You See The Politics On Her Face”
Revealing a more personal side of the renowned philosopher, in the archives and on Twitter.
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I met Henry during a Russian film studies class. We sat in silence, the screen flickering white and grey and blue. We fit together. Henry had grown up on the water. We read stories aloud and climbed trees. He whispered that I had olive eyes. That I’d
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Back Draft: Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman
Ava, the grief-stricken protagonist of Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman’s novel The Very Nice Box, is an engineer at STÄDA — a kind of Ikea/Muji hybrid that produces everything from forks and spoons to couches. She’s determined to bury herself in wor
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Jocelyn Nicole Johnson: “As A Black Southern Woman, I’m Full Of Dread”
“My Monticello,” the anchoring novella in Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s debut collection, follows Da’Naisha Love, a young Black woman born and raised in Virginia, through a near-future world of environmental and social collapse. Cell phones no longer work
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A History of Killing Sparrows
After the invasion my grandfather was the quietest thing. He ate the egg at the mooncake’s center and felt so sad for its loss. Every night he listened to the owl sing. He wanted to cut down a tree; he wanted to cut down a forest. He wanted that move
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One Man’s Pest
In the urban Amazon, black vultures are a threat to aviation — but otherwise a boon, however distasteful, to humans.
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Taking Flight
A person, being of cosmic origin, can become one with a star. — Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, A Treatise on Stars Every day I see a hawk. Except recently I learned that some of these birds aren’t hawks after all. I live, like all of us, in an ecotone. In mi
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Shayna Rosendorff: What Lies Beneath
Like most journeys, Shayna Rosendorff’s work started with a map — in her case, a large-format map at the back of a dusty 1963 UNESCO book. Its yellowing page showed natural deposits of mineable minerals in Africa, such as nickel, manganese, copper, g
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“Why the Afghans Did Not Fight”
In the Panjshir Valley of Afghanistan, where resistance to the return of the Taliban took its last stand this summer, odds were never favorable. Food was scarce, as was ammunition. These days, resistance is trying to regroup and find its footing, fro
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“She Ain’t Gonna Last Very Long, Is She?”
When I was twenty-three and fresh out of college — your typical apple-cheeked, idealistic idiot — I got my first job, working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I’d spent the months following graduation interning at a political foundation in Berlin. I
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Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City
A map-maker works to get basic amenities in his community. An excerpt from the book, out now.
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Amia Srinivasan: “Feminism Is A Political Practice, Not Just A Set Of Ideas”
At one point in The Right to Sex, a collection of essays in feminist theory, the philosopher Amia Srinivasan writes that women “have never been free.” The problem she circles around from the opening pages is what it might take to liberate women from
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Teaching Poetry in the Palestinian Apocalypse
Someday, with my hands I will transform the image. Samih Al-Qasim, “I, The Pronoun of the Speaker” I gave my first lecture, at my first academic job, behind a wall of plexiglass, speaking to an awkwardly spaced out group of masked students who had ma
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Jamie Roth: “The Opportunity For Change Is Fading.”
For Raquel Esquival, the onerous requirements of the home confinement program—an ankle monitor, limited range of movement, and mandatory check-ins multiple times a day with a halfway house—were a small price to pay to be able to live with her childre
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What Runs Beneath
Fresh out of grad school, the British charity hired me to identify new economic opportunities for the impoverished communities of Turkana. Were they delusional, or was I?
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