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GOING UNDER

Sara Jaffe

05.23.17

Sara Jaffe on the function of awareness and culpability in narrative, and so in life, with nods to Gus van Sant and Charles Burnett.

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The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You

Andrew Miller

05.22.17

In a time of high anxiety and questionable health care, finding ways to cope with even such necessities as air travel can become full of terror. Andrew Miller opens up about his complicated past with mental distress and the many forms of medication.

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REAL, FALSE, AND WORTHY: ON JEN GEORGE’S THE BABYSITTER AT REST

Shelby Shaw

05.18.17

We can build a pool and throw a party then delete the stairs so that everybody drowns. Now we have ghosts. This is the logic. It is logos without pathos and makes perfect sense as an equation.

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Dr. Dangle

Sara Kachelman

05.17.17

“Joan knew, and Dr. Dangle probably smelled, that Joan masturbated four times a day with her right hand.” New fiction by Sara Kachelman.

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There Will Be No Mention of _______’s Name Tonight

Brian Oliu

05.16.17

“They should’ve seen the signs: _______was the only man who would take chair shots to the back of the head.” A cryptic and creepy lyric essay by Brian Oliu on one of the sadder stories to ever come out of professional wrestling.

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IDEAL HOME NOISE #12: Robert Frank

Jeff Jackson

05.15.17

The 12th installment of Jeff Jackson’s column focuses on the newly released 8-DVD box set of the film work of Robert Frank.

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Are You Following Me Or Am I Following You?

Michael J. Seidlinger

05.12.17

Michael J. Seidlinger takes to the road to explore the mysterious intersection between social media and reality. Tell him where to go and what to do. Interact.

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She’s Used to Feeling Strange: On Ottessa Moshfegh’s Homesick for Another World

Nathan Knapp

05.11.17

Ottessa Moshfegh’s Mailer-like swagger is backed by a refreshing and head-spinning form of fiction, well represented in her new collection, Homesick For Another World. Nathan Knapp reviews.

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Queso Cheese

Becca Yenser

05.10.17

“What I’m trying to say is, there’s something wrong with me. It’s not that I don’t believe in anything, it’s that I don’t care.” New short fiction by Becca Yenser.

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What An Investment in Black Life Looks Like: An Interview with Quenton Baker

Richard Chiem

05.09.17

Quenton Baker in conversation with Richard Chiem about his book, This Glittering Republic, which unflinchingly dives deep into many questions surrounding the state of blackness in America.