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Broken Doll

A daughter’s suicide in another country
Carlos Manuel Álvarez,
Rahul Bery
January 1, 2020
Photograph of clock at Grand Central Station. Robert Hoge / Creative Commons


The law of entropy and life as a fill-in employee, and girlfriend
Victoria Kornick
June 1, 2020
A photograph of a train station in Russia at night.

A Journey Across Siberia

Penetrating the Soviet Union in 1967
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
July 1, 2015
Blue stamps from WWII ration book

Note on the Home Front

I shall never forget that first winter of gasoline rationing
Eve Riehle
September 1, 1945
A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram

Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour

Vita Sackville-West
September 1, 1929
An abstract print by Jacob van Heemskerck.

Naming, Being, and Black Experience

Yale’s first Black professor on the presence or absence of names, their status and their scope.
Michael G. Cooke
December 1, 1977
A photograph of a London street during WWII.

After a Visit to England

London during the Blitz
Thornton Wilder
September 1, 1941
Early 20th-c painting of naked white person of uncertain gender with mid-length hair on a swing in front of a castle/clouds

Still, Image

Excerpts from In Remembrance of Things Past
Gerard Malanga
January 1, 2019
An old photograph of a churchyard cemetery. Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

A Journal of the Plague

The 1918 Influenza
Francis Russell
December 1, 1958
A painting of a woman reading at a table.
From the Archives

How Should One Read a Book?

Read as if one were writing it
Virginia Woolf
September 1, 1926