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Thomas Hardy and the Urbanization of China. Letter from Suzhou by Glenn Arnold

  So you were probably expecting a clever treatise linking Victorian literature and modern Asian economic theory? Sorry to disappoint you, but I have nothing to say about either of … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Postcards from Rachel, Abroad. essay by David Shields

Hi, David. Here I am in Geneva. The Swiss have the second-largest standing army in the world. They can mobilize their entire force in less than 30 minutes. All men … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Poem by Mark Rudman

ELEGY FOR RACHEL WETZSTEON 1 I just read that a woman, poet, and friend, younger than I, had committed an impossible act. Something to do with that old standard, unrequited … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dudu Politics. Letter from Rome by Anna Maria Cossiga

Stories and anecdotes on Berlusconi are countless; and they are said to be true or false depending on who’s telling them. The last one goes that he went to the … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Two poems by Matthew Putman

Synaptic Melody Microscopic divisions bringing unity In morning of strange serenity. Bitterness sweet, same of the cold As a warmness flows. A reassuring spa through veins, our soul? Unsure. Cerebral … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

I [Can[t] Count the B’s. poem by Mark Rudman

I [Can[t] Count the B’s Bond waits for Dent to empty his gun into the dummy, pumping superfluous bullets just to make sure. Scientists can’t be bothered to count bullets, … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Two stories by Corrado Premuda, translated from the Italian by Natasha Senjanović, with illustrations by Andrea Guerzoni

Beauty after the Beast Once upon a time there was a distinguished salon of noblewomen who to pass the time in a pleasing and creative manner invented stories and tales … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Three poems by Mario Luzi, translated by Nicholas Benson

First Night of Spring Something dies, something is born the moment a rumble of thunder splits open the upper reaches of night, sudden announcement of spring, rupturing sleep… Generations on … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Time Suite. poem by Robert Margolis

Time Suite 1. Cadenza I have seen the incipient membrane of cities The weltered contagion The wending of shadows The black night of stars Shimmying indelicately Memory lisping its sorry … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Matthew 5:13-19. poem by John Alter

Matthew 5:13-19 Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth… * yesterday in the early hours my mother died her saltiness restored all that had through the months of … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Four poems by Luca Visentini, translated from the Italian by Natasha Senjanović

The Queen From the wreckage of the last war an ancient queen appeared before me wrapped in her fragrant shawl an infant magician in hand The queen slid through the … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Five poems by Robert Margolis

Myopia When the two boys dragged danny posner naked out of the cabin onto and past a gravel walkway toward a grassy area so that the three girls walking along … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

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