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Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Way You Look at Me"

Marriage, infidelity, distance, and communications.


The Age of Loneliness

On the decline of nature, and our wonder at it.


The Rhino's Last Stand

One rancher has a plan to save the endangered rhinoceros: domesticate them.


Scenes From a Life in Negroland

A meditation on life in the black “upper class.”


The Cousins Karamazov

David Simon and Richard Price, two of the greatest crime storytellers of our time, talk about their craft.


My First Time, Twice

"I realized, as I was going through puberty (early), the necessity of shifting my focus from doing things that would impress my parents and teachers to engaging in behavior that would strike my peers as cool. I started saying 'like' constantly. I smoked pot when I was twelve. I dropped acid when I was thirteen. Losing my virginity was the next logical step."

Fiction Pick of the Week: "Indigo Gets Married"

Interactions and complications ensue at a Seattle wedding.



A man arrives in the US from Hong Kong in search of his mistress; family and medical complications arise.

"At sixty, Boss Yeung had completed what the ancients deemed a full span of life. Now the cycle would start over, and he’d be born again in time to guide his heir, who would conquer China and then the world. He had outlived his father, his grandfather, possibly every male in the long line of ancestors that had led to him. Against his protests, his eldest daughter, Viann, was planning a lavish celebration in Hong Kong, with longevity peach cakes gilded in twenty-four-carat gold flakes and fireworks over the harbor. He wasn’t eager to publicize his age, to give off the impression that he was close to retiring and no longer possessed the fire that had lit the ambitions of his youth."


La Milonguera

A tango dancer’s tragic accident ends her career and makes her briefly dependent on her roommate’s compassion.


The Limits of Jurisdiction

Kidnapping and international adoption.


Gulf Return

Two fictions about yearning, morphing, and instincts.

"The stewardess needed time to figure out what protocol she should follow or what precedent the man and his possessions had set. The man preferred not to wait and ran as fast as he could through the door to boarding, past passengers who had already gone through and formed a line inside the tube with the little windows, waiting like blood in a syringe, now followed at an animal’s pace by the little suitcase on legs, ridden like a horse by the passport with the long fingers, a sight that both fascinated and terrified and caused personnel, propelled by some odd sense of duty, to stand in the way of the trio and block their path, to protect the plane and its pilots and cabin crew from what they couldn’t define."


Fiction Pick of the Week: "A Planet for Rent"

Trials and dangers abound for an interplanetary social worker.