Barrett Swanson

  • The Madison Reunion

    The posters went up sometime in mid-April. THE MADISON REUNION, one said. BRINGING THE ’60S BACK HOME, said another. The invitation was made in trippy, Day-Glo fonts, with archival photos of protests splashed across…

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  • Starving

    Every semester I make the mistake of teaching Franz Kafka’s “The Hunger Artist” in my Intro to Literature class. It’s an error not owing to the story’s inscrutable meaning, nor because its tropes are…

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  • Perilous Aesthetics

    The first photo: a fireman, a woman, and a child wait on the top-floor landing of a fire escape. Smoke purls from the windows behind them. As the gallant-eyed fireman reaches for the approaching…

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