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Swift Headline Art
OF SQUID INK TAGLIOLINI & ANTI-CLIMB PAINT:
DANIEL SWIFT IN LONDON

I walk past squid ink tagliolini and double-baked banana bread. Opposite the
Vietnamese pho stall a man in a string vest and a fedora plays a bluegrass
version of "The Teddy Bear' Picnic" on a double bass, and ten steps away is
a sidestreet and council estate where signs announce closed-circuit cameras
and anti-climb paint.

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Torday Headline Art
LENA DUNHAM'S "GIRLS" AND JOAN DIDION:
DANIEL TORDAY ON TV TODAY

In Seinfield and Louie and Mad Men (Megan Draper), the characters want
to be on TV. In Girls they want to be Joan Didion.

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Mary Jo Bang Art
PROVISIONAL DOUBT AS ARCHITECTURAL SPACE:
A POEM BY MARY JO BANG

The scene is the early 1960's: / a room, a fog-gray wall, an absence
of ambition / as a response to self-doubt.

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Garrison Keillor Art
MIDWESTERN: GARRISON KEILLOR ON HOME

I am from the Midwest and -- and it's a useful disguise, it is a very
useful disguise. I suppose that it's a matter of creating low
expectations. 

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Joyce Carol Oates Headline Art
THINGS PASSED ON THE WAY TO OBLIVION:
NEW FICTION BY JOYCE CAROL OATES

No one saw Carroll's tattoos except very special people. No one
was so trusted except very special people.

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Reagan Headline Art
SUNNY JIM: DAVID BOSWORTH ON RONALD REAGAN

The con worked, and largely because Reagan was the Great
Communicator, just the sort of genial demagogue who could
subvert common sense on behalf of make-believe.

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Pope Headline Art
THE SAME OLD?: ADAM MICHNIK ON THE NEW POPE &
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

In some local churches we can see bishops focusing on issues
related to sex. Will Pope Francis remind us that in addition to
having sex, people also have souls?

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