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As God Is My Witness

Sadie Stein contemplates textspeak in today’s “New York Times” crossword and, as God is her witness, argues against humble opinions.

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Mike Duncan lives in Austin and is studying public history at Texas State University. He used to write The History of Rome podcast. Jason Novak is head illustrator at The Rumpus and a regular contributor to The Paris Review Daily. ...

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Ever So Humble

“There were rain bonnets. There were doilies. There were figurines. There were boxes of recipe cards in a spidery hand ... As if it needs saying, there was a life.” Sadie Stein on what you learn at an estate sale.

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House-sitting and Other Work

Aaron Gilbreath on precarity and creativity in other people’s homes: “A writer needs other skills than ‘craft.’ You need to be industrious, flexible, and humble. You need regular work.”

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The Book Club

"We’re a generation enthralled by authenticity and craftsmanship. Walter Benjamin wrote that in an era when everything was reproduced, nothing had the aura of originality. Now, most men’s clothing is made en-mass—and we find ourselves missing the hand-stitched. Many of our libraries consist only of e-books—and our old paperbacks seem to posses a one-of-a kind personality." - Paris Review