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A Continental Competition

Picture this: Two white boys. One gay and tall, the other short and straight. A third boy, Latino, with an ambiguous sexual orientation, is medium-sized. It’s April. Springtime. They are stranded in the Old World: Europe. They have no phones,

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Memeing through the Apocalypse

These days it is hard to look anywhere without seeing COVID-19. Our fixation is justifiable. Hospitals are overwhelmed, over four billion people live under stay-home orders, and projections remain dire. A superabundance

Public Displays of Affection

As the 2019–20 cuffing season came to a close, I found myself in the Saybrook basement contemplating love. This might be an unexpected location to some readers; perhaps you’d prefer to spend

Glossary of Modernity

Enter the den of 280-character pith and rampage that is Twitter, and you’ll find the usual prophets of digital carnage: Russian spam accounts, frisky Bloomberg bots, think tank bosses, liberal and conservative

A Continental Competition

Picture this: Two white boys. One gay and tall, the other short and straight. A third boy, Latino, with an ambiguous sexual orientation, is medium-sized. It’s April. Springtime. They are stranded in

Writing Across Asymmetries

Why does Twitter hate American Dirt?  Macmillan Publishers released Jeanine Cummings’ fourth novel with every advantage an author could hope for: a seven-figure advance, an endorsement from Oprah’s Book Club, positive blurbs

Here for the Jazz

A few weeks back, I spent a Friday night on the third floor of the Institute Library, Connecticut’s oldest private circulating library, drinking beers and listening to jazz LPs with a couple

Common Ground

When I visit the Grove Street Cemetery, I look for languages. Scattered among the headstones, I often find Latin or Hebrew, but some days I find Russian, Arabic, or Chinese. One of