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The Search for What Makes Us Human: The Killer Ape Account of the Mid-20th Century

SPEND SOME TIME thinking about human nature and you’ll inevitably end up grappling with contradictory evidence for what makes us tick. On the one hand, human history is replete with examples of cooperation, problem-solving, and altruism. On the other, humans have been responsible for genocides, slavery and family separation, and indifference or inaction in the […]

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The Wide, Forbidding Cosmos: The Weird Fiction of John Langan

JOHN LANGAN IS a Leviathan of modern weird fiction. His Bram Stoker Award–winning novel The Fisherman hooked the biggest One That Got Away since Moby-Dick and landed it gasping on the shores of contemporary horror, an act of imaginative daring equal to Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast. His 2013 short story collection, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and […]

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Jewish Identity on the Move

BEFORE THE SECOND HALF of the 20th century, it is fair to say that most Jews were suspicious of nation-states, and they viewed themselves as subordinate to and victimized by them. The nation-states where Jews lived rarely offered legitimate status or, for that matter, security. They viewed themselves as living in ethnic/religious exile amid ongoing […]

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A Little Private Space: A Conversation with Heike Geissler

GERMAN WRITER Heike Geissler’s autofictional Seasonal Associate, recently translated by Katy Derbyshire and published in the United States by Semiotext(e), is a novel about precarious labor. The narrator is a freelance writer who takes a job as a seasonal associate at an Amazon warehouse in Leipzig, Germany. The book was inspired by Geissler’s own experience […]

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Concerning the Meaning Molecule in Poetry

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Parallel Deterioration: On Brian Evenson’s “Song for the Unraveling of the World”

“THE DOOR TO HER bedroom was locked from the outside,” Brian Evenson writes in the title story from Song for the Unraveling of the World. We encounter Drago, a father who has lost his little girl in a world of layered terror. In addition to their boarded-up house in a dangerous and derelict neighborhood, there […]

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The Quest for B. Cooper

AS EVERY GARDENER KNOWS, an innocuous plant can grow over time into something large and obtrusive. In the same way, some previously ignored object may come to occupy a disproportionate place in our lives. In my case, the object was a handwritten diary that my wife and I came upon in a dusty secondhand bookshop […]

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John Waters: Holding Court with the King of Filth

John Waters discusses his new memoir "Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder."

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Reading the Rainbow: A Pride Reading List

EVERY YEAR, I look forward to June’s arrival: color-splashed and warming, June feels ready to bloom into its status as Pride Month. Pride asks us to reflect and resist, but also to relax in ourselves and celebrate the complexities of identity. June in the northern hemisphere is an awakening in a seasonal sense — the […]

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