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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.

Darwin Comes to Town

NATURE

Darwin Comes to Town

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We think of evolution as a force that happens in the green wild, far away from city streets. But the metropolis may be the strongest driver of change in nature.
Voices Unbound

CULTURAL STUDIES

Voices Unbound

Essay by Tess Taylor ×

Reading Rebecca Solnit's "The Mother of All Questions," Tess Taylor reflects on the cost of silence -- and the music of resistance.
The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

BEYOND CATEGORY

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

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The author of "Will in the World" and "The Swerve" turns his historical imagination to the story we tell about the origin of everything.
Harvest of a Hard Season: Poetry in 2016

YEAR IN REVIEW

Harvest of a Hard Season: Poetry in 2016

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Tess Taylor on a quartet of works of poetry that provide light in a shadowed moment.
Interrupted Echoes: Peter Ho Davies on “The Fortunes”

INTERVIEW

Interrupted Echoes: Peter Ho Davies on “The Fortunes”

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Spanning nearly two hundred years of history, Peter Ho Davies' new work traces generations of Chinese Americans through a multitude of voices. A conversation with Tess Taylor.
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

SUPERNATURAL

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places

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Colin Dickey travels America in search of haunted mansions and restless spirits. But what's the unfinished business all of these American ghosts really have in hand? Tess Taylor reviews.
Helpless Collector: The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda

INTERVIEW

Helpless Collector: The Lost Poems of Pablo Neruda

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Tess Taylor and Patrick Iber delve into the riches of "Then Come Back," a new collection of recently discovered poems from Pablo Neruda.
Back from the Underworld: Helen Macdonald’s Wanderlust

NATURE

Back from the Underworld: Helen Macdonald’s Wanderlust

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Tess Taylor meets with the author of "H is for Hawk" and the new collection "Shaler's Fish" for birdwatching and a talk about "zugunruhe."
Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

HUMAN NATURE

Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

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Is "art" an ineffable product of human creativity? Or is it the ultimate tool? Tess Taylor follows Alva Noë's foray into "thinking about thinking."...
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

MEMOIR

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

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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

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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

MEMOIR

H Is for Hawk

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