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Letter from London

LETTER FROM LONDON
By Daniel Swift

“A kind of hollow confusion falls upon the country, like fog or a sleeping curse from a fairytale. Someone writes the word “Islam” in red paint on a war memorial in central London: this must be either a deeply confused Muslim who couldn’t spell “Allahu Akbar” or, more likely, a troublemaker, but it is one more gesture in the mist.”

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poemsimageA SELECTION OF POEMS FROM THE CURRENT ISSUE OF SALMAGUNDI

New poems by Henri Cole, Carl Dennis, Catherine Pond, Daniel Kraines, Paul Nelson,  Patrick Donnelly and others.

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MeredithMoodyMEREDITH MOODY'S PHOTOGRAPHS
By Rick Moody

"The Meredith Moody oeuvre now has that wisdom, the wisdom of hindsight … I never knew quite how wise she was thirty years ago. But now I do."—Rick Moody on his sister, photographer Meredith Moody

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Stanley KauffmannWRITING ABOUT MOVIES:
AN INTERVIEW WITH STANLEY KAUFFMANN
Interviewer: Robert Boyers

“Good taste entails the sort of understanding we learn to miss when we feel the critic doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” 

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Mice ShadowsMICE SHADOWS
By Dubravka Ugresic

“My young ‘executor’ (oh yes, the author and authorship need to be fundamentally reconfigured!) hides his gaze behind his glasses, replacing the absence of eye contact with a smile reconfiguring his surroundings. Smiley face!”

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Blue RockBLUE ROCK
By Daniel Harris

“Unlike cocaine, . . . Blue Rock, as it was known to its devotees, exerted its effects only when the user was engaging in a very particular activity: reading.”
 

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