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And what spoke that strange silence After his clamour of caws faded? (Ted Hughes, “Crow’s Theology”) If love is ineffable because it is “too much,” what then of grief, which acts as a vacuum? Where does language go with the intake of breath that accompanies the notification of “this person is no more?” And when the writer begins to recover their voice, why write down the blank? Grief blunts the senses, changes human perceptions of the...
When I was a kid, my dad used to make us listen to Bruce Springsteen records while we pulled weeds in the driveway in the summer. I loved Billy Joel and Jackson Browne and Jim Croce and the Eagles and I hated pulling weeds and Bruce Springsteen. Once, having breakfast at my best friend’s house after a sleepover when we were around ten, her dad—a true-blue New Yorker transplant in suburban Boston—played a song...
Author: The JT LeRoy Story Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig Opens September 9 A classic episode from the annals of truth-stranger-than-fiction gets the newsmagazine treatment in Author: The JT LeRoy Story. Late-90s scenesters will recall that JT was not an author per se but the persona adopted by one Laura Albert, under which she published two acclaimed books—and that according to the backstory Albert invented, Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy was a gender-fluid teen raised in truck stops by his...
Cara Nicoletti finds something naturally meditative in her work as a butcher. Pulling apart muscles and ligaments and hacking her way through carcasses, Nicoletti is oddly at peace, even as her apron becomes splattered with blood. She recognizes the mental demands of butchery, saying "there’s something about the combination of using your brain and using your physical strength that I just find to be really calming.” Ever the more tranquil with a knife in her hand, Nicoletti...

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