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The Mother of Czech Prose: A Review of ‘The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová’ by Kelcey Parker Ervick

INFO originally published in Redivider February 16, 2017 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Once upon a time, there was a Czech writer of fairy tales named Božena Němcová who left her home in the fairy tale city of Prague to rediscover new stories from the

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The Brain Benefits of Having Buddies

INFO originally published in The Boston Globe Magazine March 12, 2017 LIVE PAGE PDF of print edition available here FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT When I moved to Boston for graduate school, it took less than five minutes into the first orientation-day event for someone to crack

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Can Post-Apocalyptic Art Be a Force for Social Change?

INFO originally published in Pacific Standard December 16, 2016 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Over the past four years, Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter has visited over 100 abandoned places around the world for a project about humanity that doesn’t feature a single human being. The

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Burj Khalifa: Alone at the Top of the World

INFO originally published in Catapult August 16, 2016 LIVE PAGE additional coverage in Longreads (including online archive) FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT From the 106th floor of the Burj Khalifa Tower, we can see the world sinking. Not the entire world, but at least the $14 billion real estate project

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Caddying Your Way To The Top

INFO originally published in The Billfold August 10, 2016 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Ever since a young errand boy named Andrew Dickson first carried golf clubs for the Scottish Duke of York in 1682, caddy programs have lent an air of democracy to a place defined

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Society is Rigged: A review of ‘How to Set a Fire and Why’ by Jesse Ball

INFO originally published in the Los Angeles Review of Books July 2016 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT The book jacket design of Jesse Ball’s new novel, How to Set a Fire and Why, mimics an oversized matchbox and doubles as a kind of advertisement for arson.

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Beyond Digital vs. Print: On How We Consume Media

INFO originally published in The Millions June 23, 2016 LIVE PAGE additional coverage in Catapult and Publishers Weekly  FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT A few weeks ago, during an eerily slow Tuesday afternoon, I skipped out of work to visit the Strand, one of the few remaining

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PayPal co-founders peer into “the future of Western Civilization”

INFO originally published on Medium October 2014 LIVE PAGE On October 23, 2014, PayPal co-founder and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is scheduled speak in Midtown Manhattan to a banquet hall room full of people about “the future of Western Civilization.” In the audience will be members and guests of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute,

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Scratching at the Wall: A Review of ‘Her 37th Year: An Index’ by Suzanne Scanlon

INFO originally published in 3:AM Magazine October 2015 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Halfway through the “D” chapter of Suzanne Scanlon’s Her 37th Year: An Index, the narrator – a nameless female writer living in New York – says in defiance of a friend: “I want

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‘Anomie’ by Jeffrey Lockwood

INFO originally published in Necessary Fiction LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Jeff Lockwood’s novel Anomie opens with a mini parable about parable-telling. The page-long “prologue” shows Michael, the book’s protagonist, as a young boy, cocooned in his father’s arms and listening to the “story ofGookoosh” (a tale

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