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A couple of years ago, as a graduate assistant at the University of California, Riverside, I assigned Samantha Irby’s “My Mother, My Daughter” as a mid-quarter palette cleanser to classrooms full of brown and black students who had been inundated with the words of old straight white men. Irby calls herself a “regular person”: she worked the same day job at an animal hospital for fourteen years until she landed a much-deserved book deal...
Although best known as the author of A Death in the Family, for which he won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize, in 1955, James Agee also penned one of the most beautiful essays about Brooklyn ever written, what has since been published as Brooklyn Is: Southeast of the Island: Travel Notes. Originally written for Fortune magazine, the piece was rejected, and forgotten until 1968, 13 years after Agee died of a heart attack, in the back of a taxi...
Just outside the entrance to “Madeline in New York,” the New York Historical Society’s Ludwig Bemelmans show, sits a Madeline doll in a glass case. A bright yellow hat and boxy, red-yarn hair frame her round face. Her smile is a curved red line, slightly askew. Out of her chic, long blue coat peeks her scarf and, below, her black shoes. As soon as I saw her, the tears began. I had that Madeline doll;...

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