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St. Petersburg Review
SOME BIRDS On September 11, 2001 two jet airliners piloted by members of Al Qaeda smashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center and after an agonized interval sent them cascading to the earth, in a swift vertical plunge that was almost like the fall of water, killing some 2,800 men and women. Four days later my fiancée and I were married. We...
The New Yorker
Cloudburst I got my first job in 1968, at a bookstore on the Upper West Side. It was small, but known for its brawny sections of Liberation Studies and Beat Lit. In an earlier life, Pete, the owner, had been a partner in a legendary San Francisco bookstore where Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg had read to yipping audiences, but there’d been a rupture so bitter...