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Civic Tech and Engagement: In Search of a Common Language

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Paris Review - Mister Lytle: An Essay

John Jeremiah Sullivan<p>Issue 194, Fall 2010<p>When I was twenty years old, I became a kind of apprentice to a man named Andrew Lytle, whom pretty much no one apart from his negligibly less ancient sister, Polly, had addressed except as Mister <i></i>Lytle in at least a decade. She called him Brother. Or …

Literature

Symptoms, signs, and the riddle of Morgellons

For Paul, it started with a fishing trip. For Lenny, it was an addict whose knuckles were covered in sores. Dawn found pimples clustered around her …

Terry Castle · Travels with My Mom: in Santa Fe

My mother, 81 and widowed for 12 years, is lame, near-sighted, psoriatic <i>and</i> deaf, and apart from a residual compulsion to lament her elder daughter’s …

The Bitch Is Back

Are menopausal women mad, bad, and dangerous? Yes—but they’re really just returning to normal.<p>During menopause, <i>a</i> woman can feel like the only way she can continue to exist for 10 more seconds inside her crawling, burning skin is to walk screaming into the sea—grandly, epically, and terrifyingly, …

Laugh, Kookaburra

A day in the bush, a night at home.<p>I’ve been to Australia twice so far, but according to my father I’ve never actually seen it. He made this observation at the home of my cousin Joan, whom he and I visited just before Christmas last year, and it came on the heels of an equally aggressive comment. …

"Attitude"

I am of course overjoyed to be here today in the role of ceremonial object. There is more than the usual amount of satisfaction in receiving an …

Infinite Ache: My First Mother’s Day Without Her

<b>I was still sitting in the front row,</b> staring at the sunflowers I had picked out for my mother’s coffin, when a man patted my shoulder and said “Ten …

Sigmund Freud, Thoughts for the Times on War and Death (1915)

THE DISILLUSIONMENT OF THE WAR<p>In the confusion of wartime in which we are caught up, relying as we must on one-sided information, standing too close …

Sigmund Freud

Mark Twain's Advice to Youth

Novelist Mark Twain, the author of <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer</i> (1876) and <i>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</i> (1885), is one of America's great …

Go gentle into that good night

<i>This is one of my favorite pieces that Roger wrote summarizing his beliefs about life. It garnered 582 comments following its publication on May 2nd,</i> …

Literature

For several years, beginning when I was six or seven, I played a hobo for Halloween. It was easy enough to put together. Oversize boots, a moth-eaten tweed jacket, and my dad???s busted felt hunting hat, which smelled of deer lure; finish it up with a beard scuffed on with a charcoal briquette, a handkerchief bindle tied to a hockey stick, an old empty bottle. I imagined a hobo???s life would be a fine thing. I would sleep in haystacks and do exactly what I wanted all the time.

For several years, beginning when I was six or seven, I played a hobo for Halloween. It was easy enough to put together. Oversize boots, a moth-eaten …

On Fear by Mary Ruefle

I suppose, as a poet, among my fears can be counted the deep-seated uneasiness that one day it will be revealed that I consecrated my life to an …

The Year in Dog Shit | Hazlitt

<i>You can’t always predict what will grab and hold your attention—a pop song, a politician, a personal tragedy. As the year comes to an end, Hazlitt’s</i> …

The Fourth State of Matter

A week in the author’s life when it became impossible to control the course of events.<p>The collie wakes me up about three times a night, summoning me from a great distance as I row my boat through a dim, complicated dream. She’s on the shoreline, barking. Wake up. She’s staring at me with her head …

The New Commandments

The Ten Commandments were set in stone, but it may be time for a re-chisel. With all due humility, the author takes on the job, pruning the ethically dubious, challenging the impossible, and rectifying some serious omissions.<p>What do we say when we want to revisit a long-standing policy or scheme …

Susan Sontag: Notes On "Camp"

"One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art."<br>- <i>Phrases & Philosophies for the Use of the Young</i><p>1. To start very generally: Camp is a …

Literature

The Love Of My Life

The first timeI cheated on my husband, my mother had been dead for exactly one week. I was in a cafe in Minneapolis watching a man. He watched me …

Empathy

Shunned

Issue #20, 2003<p>Shunned<p>Even now I talk too much and too loud, claiming ground, afraid that I will disappear from <i>this</i> life, too, from this time of …

Essays: First Series/Self-Reliance

"Ne te quaesiveris extra.[1]"<p>"Man is his own star; and the soul that can<p>Render an honest and a perfect man,<p>Commands all light, all influence, all …

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from <i>Teaching a Stone to Talk</i><p>It had been like dying, that sliding down the mountain pass. It had been like the death of someone, irrational, that …

University of Washington

The Aquarium

A child’s isolating illness.<p>On July 15, 2010, my wife, Teri, and I took our younger daughter, Isabel, to the doctor for a regular checkup. She was nine months old and appeared to be in perfect health. Her first teeth had come in, and she was now regularly eating with us at the dinner table, …