Marjan Kamali

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An interview with Marjan Kamali, author of the forthcoming novel The Stationery Shop.

Stepping Back: Election Blues on Veterans Day

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Over the long Veterans Day weekend, I’m hitting the final lap on the world’s most procrastinated thesis. I’m focusing on Virginia Woolf—specifically, on how...

The Inaccessibility of the Lives of Others

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Nobody has ever catcalled me.  God knows I’ve tried: short shorts, no top, the whole caboodle.  But however much I’m “asking for it,” it...

Oliver Sacks: A Hero’s Journey

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ZEITGEIST On a sunny day in an outdoor cafe in mid-August, I found myself thoroughly absorbed in Oliver Sacks's memoir, On the Move: A Life,...

Tiny Destroyer of Worlds

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A child's excitement and ingenuity create a fiery disaster

Allen Ginsberg: An Encounter

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When I interviewed Allen Ginsberg I said something right off that startled him, though what I said was simple and not raunchy in the least, as if raunchy would ever affront a poet who liked saying, "Why don't we get right down to the cunt of the matter?"

David Sedaris is Sick of Himself

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David Sedaris and I were riding down Commonwealth Avenue in the backseat of his media escort’s Chevy Impala. I was trying to take notes without getting carsick, and he was pointing out local businesses, wondering aloud if their owners were important enough to rate a Wikipedia entry.