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The Mechanic

“Ideally, a poem should happen to the reader.”

Sat Jun 22, 2024 18:47
A Long Exposure

Can the same big inspiration strike different people at the same time even if they’re not in contact? Indeed so. It’s called multiple discovery—also known as simultaneous invention—and supports the hypothesis that new concepts can arise concurrently among independent researchers. Famous instances of this far-from-random phenomenon include the independent...

Sat Jun 22, 2024 16:01
Polish Compassion

Europe, in Agnieszka Holland’s rough-and-tumble Green Border, is a beacon of hope and a cauldron of hate. The dual perspective is implicit in the movie’s title, which refers both to the European Union’s “open” internal borders and those forested international boundaries associated with smuggled contraband and illegal crossings. Holland’s film dramatizes...

Thu Jun 20, 2024 15:09
After a Fashion

This newsletter comes to you from a wild jungle: designer Rachel Comey’s annual sample sale. For a certain New York fashion set, this is a legendary event: past sales have featured a live DJ, Jell-O shots and childcare, and enormous markdowns on racks upon racks of beautiful dresses, blouses, snoods, and mules. (In 2022 Comey […]

Wed Jun 19, 2024 21:19
Forever Elsewhere

At the beginning was the Garden. Call it what you like: Eden, the Garden of Earthly Delights, Childhood—“Other than childhood, what was there in those days that no longer is?” wrote the Poet.1 The Garden was inhabited only by a young couple, a forever young couple (but these days the word certainly calls for precision: […]

Wed Jun 19, 2024 18:20
The Hollowing of the Eighth Amendment

In 1991 an inmate named Dee Farmer sued prison officials at the US Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, for violating the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Penitentiary staff had placed Farmer, a Black transgender woman incarcerated for credit card fraud, with male prisoners, one of whom had beaten and raped her....

Tue Jun 18, 2024 17:11

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