Essays

MICRO-NARRATIVES OF THE EVERYDAY
, December 8, 2022

“Where do novels come from?” Or “Who invented the novel?” Or “What was the first novel?” Or even, “Why did Shakespeare write…


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THREE YEARS IN ARKANSAS
, December 8, 2022

Three years ago: I came into Fayetteville, Arkansas, riding in an old Ford, sleep-deprived, sipping whiskey from a coffee mug. I’d found…


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LAND OF FIRE AND ICE
, December 8, 2022

“The writer in Iceland is God,” says Hallgrimur Helgason, an Icelandic author speaking from the small screen affixed to the back of…


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EVERYTHING AROUND ME IS SHAKING
, December 7, 2022

Introduction by translator Sophie Lewis JANUARY 23, 2010—DANY LAFERRIÈRE IS IN HAITI FOR THE LITERARY FESTIVAL ETONNANTS VOYAGEURS. LIKE SO MANY OTHERS,…


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MUCH BOTHERED WITH BUFFALO
, December 7, 2022

What makes us start writing a diary? The dawning of another year? Or perhaps the beginning of a whole new life? I…


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THE NIGHT I GOT LOST ON THE WAY HOME FROM CHINA
, December 6, 2022

“…And I will think of you when I’m dead in my grave”- Tom Waits The beginning of this century found me, mentally,…


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THE MEANING OF FORAGING
, December 6, 2022

No, I should love the city lessEven than this, my thankless lore;But I desire the wildernessOr weeded landslips of the shore. – The…


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WHAT MONTAIGNE CAN TEACH US ABOUT ULTRAPROCESSED FOODS
, December 6, 2022

The wisdom of Michel de Montaigne extends to most spheres of human life, not excepting agriculture and matters of the palate. In…


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BECOMING
, December 6, 2022

I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free…Why am I so changed? – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights Seventeen, supine…


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At the Sight of Beauty Desideratum for Beauty with a Capital B
, November 21, 2022

At the sight of Beauty, the soul grows wings.   —Plato, Greek philosopher (428—348 BC) Beauty kindles love, humility, compassion; As a central…


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