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Birding Brothers of the Bronx

When Jason Ward was fourteen, he spotted a peregrine falcon devouring a pigeon on the windowsill of the South Bronx homeless shelter where his family was living. “I was literally witnessing a nature documentary unfold,” he recalled,…

From H.R.H. to S & M

On a cold Thursday morning, the filmmaker Ondi Timoner entered the Guggenheim Museum, a large to-go cup in one hand. “Coffee was vital today,” she said, as she pulled off a woollen headband. She had on a tight white jumpsuit, pointy…

The Radical Style of Andrea Dworkin

Apologies to Andrea Dworkin, who did not like book critics and who, fourteen years after her death, from myocarditis, at fifty-eight, is being subjected to a round of us again. “I have never written for a cowardly or passive or stupid…

Keeping Up with Amy Hempel

I have not stopped thinking about the title story of Amy Hempel’s new collection, “Sing to It” (Scribner). Is it a short story, really? Or a poem? Here it is, entire:At the end, he said, No metaphors! Nothing is like anything else.…
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