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A Poet’s Reckoning with What Poetry Can Do

Save this storySave this storySave this storySave this story The poet Diane Seuss and I began a recent conversation by talking about the burdens of companionship—or, at least, how those burdens are manifested through affection for a pet. Seuss lost…

Faux ScarJo and the Descent of the A.I. Vultures

Save this storySave this storySave this storySave this story On May 13th, during a live event, the artificial-intelligence company OpenAI unveiled the next generation of its technology, GPT-4o, the successor to GPT-3. When OpenAI first released its product to the…

When the C.I.A. Turned Writers Into Operatives

Save this storySave this storySave this storySave this story Benjamen Walker, the creator and host of “Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything,” is a pod-maker of the mad-scientist variety: he cooks up projects using his own zeal, research, and audacious notions,…

What Asian America Meant to Corky Lee

Save this storySave this storySave this storySave this story More than a decade ago, as a baby journalist, I received a fellowship from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to report on Chinatown, in Manhattan. I was still working as an…

R. Kikuo Johnson’s “Genuine Style”

Save this storySave this storySave this storySave this story New York City’s sidewalks are often plein-air pageants, with a myriad of colorful ensembles on display for anyone out to see or to be seen. For the cover of the May…

How to Live Forever

Save this storySave this storySave this storySave this story A friend of mine knew a wealthy man who had decided to live forever. That made him hard to be around, my friend told me, in an e-mail, because he was…