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What Is Poetry? And Does It Pay?

A trip to the Famous Poets Society convention/contest in Reno.

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Displaced in the D.R.

A nation strips 210,000 of citizenship and sets the stage for mass deportations.

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The Pious Spy

A Taliban intelligence chief’s death and resurrection.

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A Grand Juror Speaks

Even an “obstructionist bloc” can’t resist handing prosecutors the indictments they want.

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Burn After Reading

The author of The Anarchist Cookbook wishes he could take it all back.

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A Gospel According to the Earth

Sown by science, a new eco-faith takes root.

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Artists in Uniform

"The Colonel went out sailing. He spoke with Turk and Jew . . ."
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A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge

The early days of electronic spreadsheets and how the tool transformed business.

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Found Money

On cattle auctions, reality TV and coming of age during the Great Recession.

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Team Spirit

Memories of life as a freshman cheerleader.

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The Pale Cast of Thought

The writer is reluctantly whisked away to to a small house in upstate New York to attend an ayhuasca ceremony with six strangers.

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The Lost Buddhas of Bamiyan

Picking up the pieces in Afghanistan.


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