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A history of man’s impact on birds: “Humans have a knack for killing the things they love.”

Sentinel Species: Meditation on a Life of Birding
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How psychiatrists used Rorschach tests to gain insight into Nazi personalities.

What the Nazi Rorschach Tests Say About American Leaders
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Eventually I reached the park and walked into it only far enough to find a bench and sit down and watch the nannies, all of whom were black or brown, push around white kids in expensive strollers. I imagined trying to explain all of this to a future child, whom I pictured as Alex’s second cousin: “Your mother and I loved each other, but not in the way that makes a baby, so we went to a place...
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“False Spring,” a short story by Ben Lerner
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From the archive: Evan S. Connell’s “The Beau Monde of Mrs. Bridge.”

“The Beau Monde of Mrs. Bridge,” by Evan S. Connell
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Edna St. Vincent Millay was born on this day in 1892.

A Day in Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Gardens at Steepletop
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PBS’s American Masters series debuts “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” the first-ever feature documentary on the writer.

Maya Angelou with George Plimpton
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Lesson: don’t anonymously serialize your novel in a smalltime newspaper—a grad student will find it 150 years later.

Whitman’s Secret Novel
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“My recent journey was brief: one day in Stockholm and three in London. In Stockholm, taking advantage of a free hour, I bought a smoked salmon, an enormous one, dirt cheap.” —Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco: “How to Travel with a Salmon”
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The sights and sounds at the Westminster Dog Show, where you can watch 20 people photograph a peeing Tibetan Mastiff.

Wandering the Westminster Dog Show
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During their lives, Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound exchanged at least 130 letters.

"Yr Letters Are Life Preservers"
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“Now with regard to this literary experiment of yours … ” — H.G. Wells to James Joyce

H.G. Wells to Joyce: “You Have Turned Your Back on Common Men”
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W.H. Auden was born on this day in 1907.

W. H. Auden, The Art of Poetry No. 17
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In “Moses and Gaspar,” Amparo Dávila explores what happens to someone when small violences overlap; here, misfortune assumes the form of two pets, abandoned by the death of their owner, who wreak havoc in the life of the unassuming narrator.

The Fern Cat: On Translating Amparo Dávila’s “Moses and Gaspar”
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Today’s news: usage guides are the enemy; cameras aren’t magic; and that Anton Chekhov, he’s still got it!

It’s Not Magic, It’s Just a Camera
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How a ballet about the heroic Soviet man ignited “a bonfire of communist apparatchik vanities.”

Dance of Steel: How Soviet Censors Killed a Great Ballet
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The poet Bill Knott’s high imagination and crazy-beautiful heart often met in unforgettable collisions.

Crazy-Beautiful Heart: Bill Knott’s Primal Poetry
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Painters and dyers in the Middle Ages went to incredible lengths to make the color red. It didn’t always work out.

A Brief History of Red: How Artists Made the Elusive Color
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What the staff of ‘The Paris Review’ is reading this week.

Staff Picks: Morgan Parker, David Grann, George Saunders