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Home for the Holidays

On heading home for Thanksgiving:

How I envy people who enjoy the company of their parents without the aid of pharmaceuticals.
Reprinted from Home for the Holidays and Other Calamities.

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Neighbors

In 1941, hundreds of Jedwabne’s Jews were massacred by their neighbors.

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The Killing Trail

In short order, eight gay men in Texas were murdered by teenage boys.

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Being Blanche

The author of Truly Tasteless Jokes unmasks herself.

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A Hole in the Ground

Is a serial killer on the loose in Wellfleet? An investigation.

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Give All

James Wood on Saul Bellow:

One realizes, with a shock, that Bellow has taught one how to see and how to hear, has opened the senses. Until this moment one had not really thought of the looseness of a lightbulb filament, one had not heard the saliva bubbling in the harmonica, one had not seen well enough the nose pitted with black pores, and the demolition ball’s slow, heavy selection of its victims. A dozen good writers–Updike, DeLillo, others–can render you the window of a fish shop, and do it very well; but it is Bellow’s genius to see the lobsters “crowded to the glass” and their “feelers bent” by that glass–to see the riot of life in the dead peace of things.

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A Family Obsessed

On February 10, 1982, Lucy Dixon’s daughter was raped. Against all odds, she and her family brought the man to justice.

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Homeless in America

A breakdown of the early 80s homeless epidemic.

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New Connective Tissue: Bullet-resistant Human Skin As Art

In the film bullets approach in slow motion a series of glistening roundels, resembling condoms just taken out of their paper wrappings. Most of the bullets go right through, leaving a clean hole. But the last roundel in the film collapses slowly, wrapping itself around the bullet like a blanket on a laundry line hit by a wayward football. It is a piece of artificially bred human skin, reinforced with eight layers of transgenic spider silk, the material spiders produce to spin their webs.
Translated from the original Dutch, exclusive to Longform.org.