The 8.21.22 Issue

Highlights

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    CreditPhilip Montgomery for The New York Times

    Willie Nelson’s Long Encore

    As he approaches 90, even brushes with death can’t keep him off the road — or dim a late-life creative burst.

    By

  1. Letter of Recommendation

    Photo
    CreditIllustration by Paola Saliby

    The Case for Writing Fan Mail

    When I’m truly possessed by an artist’s work, I let them know. It’s a way to turn distant admiration into intimacy, even when they don’t reply.

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  1. Poem

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    CreditIllustration by R. O. Blechman

    Poem: Second Attack

    The syntax in this poem mimics the confusing and untidy emotional landscape of relationships.

    By Jana Prikryl and

  2. Judge John Hodgman

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    CreditIllustration by Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy

    Judge John Hodgman on the Egg Order

    A husband wants his wife to decide how they should be cooked.

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