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Tess Taylor is the author of the poetry collection The Forage House. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times, and The New Yorker.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

MEMOIR

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

For the journalist William Finnegan, the art of catching a wave has served as an analogue to finding the arc of a story. Review by Tess Taylor.
The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

cultural history

The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

Legendary sisters Anne, Charlotte, and Emily come alive in this "unusual cultural history -- not just about a family of authors but about reading itself."
H Is for Hawk

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H Is for Hawk

In the throes of grief, a naturalist finds release in a wild companion and an ancient art. Review by Tess Taylor.
New Selected Poems

Reviews & Essays

New Selected Poems

The outlandish vision of an Australian poet.
The Book of Unknown Americans

Reviews & Essays

The Book of Unknown Americans

Crossing the U.S.-Mexican border with a family living in the Land of Opportunity's shadows.

Nature’s Nether Regions

Reviews & Essays

Nature’s Nether Regions

Science has been more interested in genes than genitals -- until now.

Lines to Remember: A Year in Poetry

In the Margin

Lines to Remember: A Year in Poetry

The critic and author of The Forage House looks back on some of 2013's most memorable verse.

Old Man River

Reviews & Essays

Old Man River

"The Father of Waters" shaped more than its meandering banks.

At Night We Walk in Circles

Reviews & Essays

At Night We Walk in Circles

An actor's journey into a mysterious role plays out against the aftermath of a dictatorial regime.

The Manor

Reviews & Essays

The Manor

The history of one of New York's oldest manors -- and its slaves.

Horace and Me

Reviews & Essays

Horace and Me

Can the man who coined "Seize the day" still teach us how to live vibrantly?

Weaving Time: Anna Badkhen on The World Is a Carpet

Interviews

Weaving Time: Anna Badkhen on The World Is a Carpet

The days of ordinary Afghanis, captured in the practice of an ancient craft.