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  • Reading L.a.

  • Nature's Miracle ERNST MAYR, Ernst Mayr is the author of numerous books, including "This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World" (Harvard University Press). He is professor emeritus of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University

  • Battling Bunk

  • Memory Speaks THOMAS McGONIGLE, Thomas McGonigle is the author of "The Corpse Dream of N. Petkov" and "Going to Patchogue."

  • The Curse SABINE REICHEL, Sabine Reichel is the author of "What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? Growing Up German."

  • East of Eden OSHA GRAY DAVIDSON, Osha Gray Davidson is the author, among other books, of "The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South" (Scribner), which was nominated for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in History

  • What Is Poetry About? CYNTHIA OZICK, Cynthia Ozick is the author, most recently, of "The Puttermesser Papers." Her essay was delivered May 5 as the keynote address at the annual awards ceremony of the Academy of American Poets in New York City. It is printed here with the kind permission of the author and courtesy of the American Poet, the publication of the Academy of American Poets

  • One-Off ROBERT FAGGEN, Robert Faggen is associate professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College. He is the author of "Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin" (University of Michigan Press) and the editor of the forthcoming "Selected Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson" from Penguin this fall

  • A Moral Responsibility?

  • I know the truth--give up all other truths! by Marina Tsvetayeva

  • When I have a stomachache, by Yehuda Amichai

  • We have amazed by our great sufferings, by Pierre Jean Jouve

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