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Selections from the November issue

Essay by Poe Ballantine
“I don’t know how the average American does it: house, car, insurance, wedding ring, Viagra (eight bucks a pill!), new roof, water heater, washer and dryer, college tuition, and an antique hardwood dining-room table that weighs two hundred pounds and won’t fit through the front door. Say what you will, the American dream, even the discount version, is one expensive proposition.”
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Without A Country:
Pramila Jayapal On The Problems Immigrants Face

by Madeline Ostrander

Gender Vertigo
The dizzying terrain between male and female
Essay by Anna Mills

A trip across the ocean, a late-night knock at the door, a day in the old neighborhood
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Genie Zeiger, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives

From the June 2004 issue:

Fiction by Tim Melley
“For a Catholic kid, there was nothing good about Good Friday. From dawn to dusk, we had to fast on toast and tea, and then, when we were good and starving, we had to choke down a bowl of my mom’s fish stew. We couldn’t cut loose or even watch TV. We were supposed to mope around looking glum.”
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  3. Leave The Light On:
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    Interview by Marc Polonsky
    (September 2008)
  4. Dad For A Day
    Essay by Andrew Boyd
    (October 2008)
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    (October 2008)
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