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Balancing the Books

One Saturday morning about six weeks before April 15, our national day of fiscal confession and atonement, an Orthodox Jewish man and his son walked along Highland Parkway. The two passed a nondescript side-by-side duplex, where a half-dozen tax preparers were knee-deep in paperwork—the kind of work, the onerous old stereotype goes, usually handled by […]

Poet Prejudice

Perverse it is to deny the post of the poet laureate [Good Intentions, July], which began in England with the bard. Queen Victoria appointed William Wordsworth as poet laureate after he had retired to his garden. He refused. She then sent out the prime minister to persuade him, and during one of her galas, Wordsworth […]

Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris has a number of guises, many of which are familiar through the stories her brother, David, tells on NPR’s This American Life and in his books. Together, the siblings have written and performed plays as The Talent Family. Then there’s her notorious Jerri Blank character, the crack-whore-turned-high-school student in the Comedy Central series […]

Conversations Real and Imagined: Save Yourself!

Spider-Man 3, 2007. Directed by Sam Raimi; written by Raimi and his brother Ivan, with help from Alvin Sargent. Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Hayden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rosemary Harris, J. K. Simmons, Dylan Baker, Bill Nunn, Bruce Campbell, and, utterly wasted in five minute roles, the great James […]

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