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Growing Up Bank Street • A GREENWICH VILLAGE MEMOIR
EASY CHAIR • Attention
BREAKING POINTS • By Agnes Callard, from “Romance Without Love, Love Without Romance,” which was published in the Spring 2021 issue of Liberties.
PSALM UNDER SIEGE • By Khaled Mattawa, from Fugitive Atlas, a poetry collection, which was published in October 2020 by Graywolf Press.
SONG OF DESPAIR • By Pablo Neruda, from The Complete Memoirs, which was published last month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
COMPOSE YOURSELF • From an April CBC Radio interview of Timothy Jones, conducted by Chris Howden and Carol Off. Jones is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
VERDE REQUIEM • By Gillian Osborne, from Green Green Green, a book of essays, which was published last month by Nightboat Books.
DANK U, NEXT • From an interview conducted by Thomas K. Chimchards, a journalist, with his former marijuana dealer, published in April by the Riverfront Times. Chimchards, who now buys weed legally from a medical dispensary, refers to the dealer as “The Guy.”
CHOW HOUNDS • By James M. Smoliga, from a study titled “Modelling the maximal active consumption rate and its plasticity in humans—perspectives from hot dog eating competitions,” which was published last summer in Royal Society Biology Letters.
THE SOUND OF VIBRANCE • From posts on DQN Today, a Japanese website that allows users to drop pins on neighborhood maps and note noise or other disturbances. Translated from the Japanese by Robert Chapeskie.
THE PERMITTED PROHIBITED • By Alaa Al Aswany, from The Republic of False Truths, which will be published next month by Knopf. Translated from the Arabic by S. R. Fellowes.
WORKING BLUE • From text messages about women that were exchanged in a group chat of police officers in Eureka, California, between March and August 2020.
HISTORY AS END • 1619, 1776, and the politics of the past
HARD BARGAIN • How Amazon turned a generation against labor
REASONS FOR STAYING
A COMPLICATING ENERGY • Notes on a year without strangers
GETTING ON WITH IT • Art as civic repair
THE MAN WHO LOVED PRESIDENTS • On Jon Meacham
CRAZY QUILT • (with acknowledgments to Albepedius of The Listener)
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