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Deborah Baker

Hatibagan, 139 Cornwallis Street, Calcutta, Early Twentieth Century

Calcutta, the capital of the province of Bengal, was once known as the Second City of Empire. Like London, the First City of Empire, it sat astride a river, the Hooghly, that carried traffic rivaling the Thames.

Fiction

Tiphanie Yanique

Papa’s hands are in my mouth. The pliers are frigging deep. He always starts at the back. That makes it worse at the end, which is the front. All confusing, but he’s that kind of bastard, my Papa. He twists the pliers.

Poetry

We’re always other people, whoever they are.
I’m grateful to poets’ biographies—a genre nearly as
Obsolete as its subjects—for helping me make myself up,

Reviews

The first line of dialogue in Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room is a plea for silence. A pregnant fifteen-year-old convict, “her belly so large they had to get an extra length of chain to shackle her hands to her sides,” can’t stop weeping during a long trip on a prison transport bus.

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Auguste Renoir, Two Apples (detail), 1915, Private Collection

by Mary Barnett

            I work out every week with a young man named Jason. He is passionately agnostic, the sort of person who calls up the guy on the religious billboards outside of New Haven .  .  .


Edward Hopper, Eleven a.m., 1926

by Mia Ayumi Malhotra

Today I boarded a plane. Where does one body end and the next begin?

A shock, that this land, the body to which my life is bound, ends in water.


This Just In

Mary Cassatt, The Boating Party, 1893-94

David Bardo was driving his wife, Beverly, to the hairdresser in Georgetown when he took a wrong turn. He apologized.

From “Roast Suckling Pig” by Donald Hall, The Yale Review, Vol. 90, no. 2, April 2002. In memoriam Donald Hall: 1928-2018

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