Ingrid Norton

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Mourning 9/11 Fifteen Years Later
In many ways, September 11 was singular: nearly three thousand people, mostly civilians going about their day, killed—incinerated, crushed, vaporized—in the space of two and a...
Short Story: "pls forgive me"
When his son called him to say he was being discharged, Dale was working on a wiring project at Ridgeview Middle School. He stayed late to finish, wouldn't get any overtime. The...
Short Story: Shame
Nights are hardest. Not the sleeping and not Joy's dreams. Discomfiting, threatening, and incessant-at least Joy's dreams consistently spit out the ticker tape of her refusing...
Rethinking the Sacred: Editor's Note
The books, films, music, and scripture that these authors grapple with do not provide simple consolations. Rather, experiencing and creating art is inseparable from the...
Hungry Ghosts and the Work of Peter Matthiessen
Peter Matthiessen died the year before last. A slew of unlikely vocations trails after him, rehashed in obituaries—scion of an East Coast whaling family; Paris Review founder;...
Letter From Detroit
On a summer night, I drove around a particularly desolate stretch of the east side. Charred foundations outnumbered houses. Grasses grew waist-high around them. On Belvidere...
The Voice of the Sea: Hurricanes in Life & Literature
Hurricanes are part of the rhythm of life on the tropical coastlines of the Caribbean Basin and northwestern Pacific — their ravages part of the collective memory, the...
Year with Short Novels
A year-long celebration of the novella as a form -- from George Eliot and Joseph Conrad to Margaret Atwood and JL Carr -- which ran from 2010 to 2011.
Truth through Fairy Tale: Despair and Hope in the Fiction of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
What is shocking and memorable about the stories is not the sudden, supernatural junctures but the utterly bleak and believable details of the character’s lives.

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