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Eau de Nil, the Light-Green Color of Egypt-Obsessed Europe

We’re away until January 2, but we’re reposting some of our favorite pieces from 2018. Enjoy your holiday!

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Yukio Mishima in Ichigaya
Yukio Mishima delivers a speech shortly before his death. Via Wikimedia Commons. A city always keeps part of itself back. If Tokyo were a clock, then the hours between ten and midnight—the arc running from Shinjuku through Ikebukuro to Tabata—and I w
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On Proverbs
Walter Benjamin’s membership card from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Take, as a foundation, the image of women carrying full, heavy vessels on their heads without using their hands. The rhythm in which th
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Garp, Forty Years Later
According to my Goodreads page, the first time I read The World According to Garp, by John Irving, was after my first year of college. I had thought, mistakenly, that I’d first read it in high school, but regardless, it had made an impression on me.