But our brains are built to wrest familiar meaning from the confusions of the world, and watching the cranes at dusk I see them first turn into strings of musical notation, then mathematical patterns. Helen McDonald Vesper Flights This sentence feels like a big swinging movement…
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In the lobby, they were sitting across from each other in two armchairs, these two small women, both beautiful in different ways, both wearing heavy…
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We enjoyed swimming, until the mystery of tides was explained in such a way that the ocean seemed nothing more than an enormous saltwater toilet…
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The neighborhood had put on its unsettling night-time face, with shadowy figures hugging the buildings, women motionless at the kerb and murky lighting…
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The boys at Columbia went to class and the boys in Harlem went to war, a reality not suspended for a friendly Saturday pickup game. The Dutch House, Ann…
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Standing there, Miles was pre-mortified, certain he would mess things up, and everyone would laugh because Miles was ten years old and was meant to mess…
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Counselor, Danny needs you, spoken by a small boy on a high hill, and the four words fell from his mouth and were scattered by the four winds, years…
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It was a loud dawn. Sid had never seen or heard anything quite like it, the sun breaking the horizon line with a sound like a dull knife ripping a…
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