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Jordan Alexander Stein

The Summer We Didn’t Have

An email came at the end of my work day, announcing that I’d won a prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime research grant to spend the summer in...

2019: The Year in Carly Rae Jepsen

In February 2019 Carly Rae Jepsen released a single, “Now That I Found You.”  It’s a high-energy dance number that conjures a relationship whose...

Archival Crying

In 1860, Herman Melville, 40 and with all of his published novels behind him, took a trip to San Francisco.  A lifetime before a...

Getting Us Through: Small Talk

Once in grad school I read an essay by a distinguished political philosopher.  She was arguing for the value of common politeness in capital-P...

The Top 10 Fag Hags of Henry James: A Definitive Ranking

Henry James numbers among the nineteenth-century’s leading dinner party guests and, not coincidentally, its worst playwrights.  Had he been born in the late twentieth...

Of Mothers and Migraines; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Read Oliver Sacks

My mother gives me a headache.  It would appear, also, that she gave me headaches.  When I spoke with a neurologist last winter about...

Your Favorite Band Sucks

Few pleasures are as intoxicating as arguing with the people you love.  I’m not talking about fighting--not about conflict nor heartbreak nor even genuine...

This Fall’s 21 Best Pumpkin Spice Think Pieces, Ranked

21.  Men Explain Pumpkin Spice to Me 20. Now That Pumpkin Spice Is Legal, What’s Next? 19. That Extra Half a Spice, by Victoria Beckham 18. Millennials, Millennials,...

David Brooks Writes a Yelp Review of the New Thai Restaurant

The new Thai restaurant, Pad Basil, is a great and searing contribution to the dining options on Tenth Avenue. It is a mind-altering account...

Holiday Baking for Neglected Children

At thirteen I made my first pie crust.  Channeled from the back matter of Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts, it was a basic pâte...

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