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Bernard Cooper on Art and Life

Bernard Cooper on Art and Life

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO I reviewed a Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago for Tablet, the online magazine. The editors, without running it by me before the piece appeared, made...

Fog Chaser

Fog Chaser

FOG IS A CLICHÉD METAPHOR for memory, part of the collective imagination. But don’t clichés come from truth, after all? In his debut memoir, Kyle Boelte sits in the San Francisco fog and tries to ...

Grief Is a Two-Way Street

Grief Is a Two-Way Street

WHILE THE ISLAND NATION was still reeling from the devastation of the 2011 tsunami, Marie Mutsuki Mockett traveled to Japan to learn how to cope with overwhelming loss. Shaken by the unexpected death ...

Stretching Out

Stretching Out

I'VE BEEN SCROLLING through some of the praise for Meghan Daum’s new collection of essays, one of those arrivals that warranted two reviews in The New York Times — as well as glowing notices in t...

Immigrant Lessons

Immigrant Lessons

WHEN IRA SUKRUNGRUANG turned five years old, his father bought him a bicycle. Not a tricycle. Not a bike with training wheels, but rather an uncompromising two-wheeler, which he commanded his son to r...

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

WRITING ABOUT Dennis Rodman’s forays into diplomacy earlier this year, director of the Choson Exchange, Andray Abrahamian, reminded readers that, “in media discourse, North Korea is the classic en...

Finding Words

Finding Words

WHEN I WAS in my 20s I was sure that I would die of a broken heart. My Cuban mother brought me to the only person she thought could fix it: Margaríta. Margaríta knew things. She was also a Cubana, a...

Closing the Circle

Closing the Circle

AFTER HIS FATHER’S DEATH in 2007, Marcos Giralt Torrente read sundry memoirs “for inspiration,” as he prepared to write Tiempo de vida, his award-winning book about personal loss and the final y...

Fathoming Family

Fathoming Family

ONE OF THE STRANGE and amazing things about being an essayist and reading essays both for work and for pleasure is that you can develop the erroneous feeling that you and a favorite essayist are frien...

Channeling the Emotion of the Moment

Channeling the Emotion of the Moment

IN 2005, WHEN JULIA GILLARD was a Member of Parliament to watch, and not Australia’s first female prime minister, a photograph of her sitting at the kitchen table in her suburban home illustrated a ...

Scatterings

Scatterings

2014 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY of the Wilderness Act, the most important piece of environmental legislation in America’s history. Over the last year, the news media have run dozens of articles ab...

The Philosophy of Pugilistic Spectacle

The Philosophy of Pugilistic Spectacle

AS AN OCCASIONAL WATCHER of mixed martial arts fights on television, I particularly like it when the announcer informs the crowd of the precise means of victory. For example, after watching some bare-...

The Junk Artist

The Junk Artist

I MIGHT BE in the minority here, but I relax whenever I read an essay. And to read a collection of essays, I find, is an almost truant pleasure, as if I were skipping my trip to the gym to grab a doug...