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Every season of Girls has one or two “bottle episodes,” which take Hannah out of the world of the show into a different location. Season One had her returning to her parent’s house in Michigan for a weekend, last season …

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The night my wife met Brendon Small, he was master of ceremonies at a Guitar Hero contest in San Francisco. This was an entirely appropriate thing to be doing, since he’s achieved a not-insignificant amount of fame via his creation …

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In the New Republic yesterday, Isaac Chotiner expressed relief that Sunday night’s episode of True Detective had returned to its roots as a “police procedural,” praising one scene in Episode 7 by comparing it to a “great scene between Kevin …

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The Heron and the Lamprey

The New York Review of Books has just reissued The Interior Landscape: Classical Tamil Love Poems, one of the most abidingly beautiful of artifacts to come out of Hyde Park in Chicago.

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Ozma

In 1995, a group of high schoolers from Pasadena joined to form a band. Three were already friends; one, fourteen-year-old Daniel Brummel, had responded to an internet ad. Over the next few years, they added a keyboardist/flutist, started putting together …

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| Fall, 2013
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Only finally does the question blunder into focus. I have already taken the trouble to walk down here, on my day off from a conference, five or six blocks from my hotel in downtown Atlanta. I have already waited in …

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| Fall, 2013
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The naïve viewer of HBO’s remarkable and now-defunct tragicomedy, Enlightened, may be forgiven for assuming, having gone through the first four or five episodes, that the show’s title is meant as a joke at the expense of its protagonist. After …

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| Fall, 2013
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The first photo: a fireman, a woman, and a child wait on the top-floor landing of a fire escape. Smoke purls from the windows behind them. As the gallant-eyed fireman reaches for the approaching rescue ladder, the woman and girl …

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| Fall, 2013
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I sometimes get more pleasure from learning a thing’s name than from learning about the thing itself. When, a few years ago, my then girlfriend offered me a potato pancake, I wasn’t impressed, even though she told me about the …

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| Fall, 2013
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In cowboy hat and roller skate boots, Olivia Newton-John glided toward the viewer from the cover of the July 9, 1979 issue of People magazine. Below her, a headline announced that Americans had gone mad for roller skating. People went so far as …

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