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Peter Orner

Underground America: Permanent Anxiety

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“The Arizona law is not the problem. The problem is that we continue, on all sides of the political spectrum, to not listen to those most directly affected by immigration policy: immigrants themselves.”

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THE LONELY VOICE #6: The Rumpus Short Story Column, Death and the Dying Chekhov

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The lonely voice is coming to you today from San Francisco General Hospital. I’m in the cafeteria. I come here sometimes. It’s a nice place to be distracted and the pudding is good. I’m thinking about Chekhov, or trying to, I keep getting distracted. Chekhov died of tuberculosis. As a doctor and as a writer, […]

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A Column About Short Stories—Waterboarding Leonardo Sciascia

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I sometimes wonder if the precarious place that short stories hold in the world of publishing (and reading) is because good stories are inherently threatening. They can cause a lot of trouble in a few pages and knock a reader’s complacency for a serious loop. Good short stories often implicate the reader directly. Consider Alice […]

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