Probes

From the Archives: 20 Years Ago, in 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq. Here’s what Dooney’s said about the imperial “punitive expedition.”

By Stan Persky | 2023 March 18

From the Archives: Twenty years ago, the U.S. invaded Iraq. Here’s what Dooney’s said two decades ago about the American imperial “punitive expedition,” as it rolled across Iraq.

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The Sussex Variations, or Two Boars (Ch. 3): Females and Males

By Brian Fawcett | 2023 March 13

Brian Fawcett learns about males and females, both human and porcine, on a pig farm in Sussex, England in the early 1960s.

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Scribbles from Italy: The Thing About Sex; Standards of Measurement; Simplifications; No Oil…

By Vian Andrews | 2023 March 12

Vian Andrews hiking and thinking in the Umbrian countryside, amid olive groves in the rain and “sentieri” paths between mountain hamlets.

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Women I Read: International Women’s Day

By Stan Persky | 2023 March 8

An International Women’s Day game: who would be on your list? One way to mark IWD: thinking about the women writers we read.

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The Sussex Variations, or Two Boars (Ch. 2): Stress, Distress, and the Sussex Downs

By Brian Fawcett | 2023 March 5

Brian Fawcett’s “Sussex Variations, or Two Boars,” Ch. 2. People feel distress. So do pigs. Living and learning on an English farm.

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After the Asshole Apocalypse

By Daniel Gawthrop | 2023 March 1

From the Archives: How to keep thinking and acting during and after the Apocalypse. Daniel Gawthrop has some practical suggestions.

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The Sussex Variations, or Two Boars (Ch. 1): Luck, Generosity and the Rules

By Brian Fawcett | 2023 February 27

Brian Fawcett, age 18, from northern British Columbia, arrives at his uncle’s and aunt’s pig farm in Sussex, England, and comes-of-age as two 400-pound boars charge into battle.

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Scribbles from Italy: The Big Valley, Here’s to the Big Brain, No Turn Around, Breeding Ground…

By Vian Andrews | 2023 February 26

Vian Andrews’ dispatches from the Umbrian countryside welcome the light and rage against its dying.

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Reality Hunger: A Manifesto / a / overture

By David Shields | 2023 February 19

David Shields’ 2010 manifesto, “Reality Hunger,” about the state of contemporary writing. Time for a second look.

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Scribbles from Italy: The Centre of Things, Last Days in Canada, And So It Begins

By Vian Andrews | 2023 February 12

Canadian writer Vian Andrews and his wife moved from Vancouver to Umbria in Italy. Here are his “scribbles” from a new place in the world.

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