Jake Bittle

  • Pure Madness

    During my college semester in Rome, I had a system for sightseeing: when I wanted somewhere to go, I opened a book by the Italian writer Pier Paolo Pasolini, wrote down the first street…

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  • Fear and Loathing

    I attended Donald Trump’s failed rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a mole, hoping I could slip in unnoticed among his thousands of supporters and get a look at the inner…

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  • Good Country People

    If there is one thing Northerners think they understand, it’s the South. The temptation, at least as old as Aesop’s “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” is understandable: there is a certain delight…

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  • Paper Chasing

    In Henry James’s novel The Portrait of a Lady, a hapless suitor named Ned Rosier courts the innocent Pansy Osmond. Rosier is best known as a lifelong collector of tiny books and trinkets called bibelots.…

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