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Contributor Archives: Alysia Abbott

“Why’s this so good?” No. 91: Ariel Levy on Thanksgiving in Mongolia

At the end of 2013, everyone I knew was talking about a single essay: Ariel Levy’s “Thanksgiving in Mongolia: Adventure and Heartbreak at the Edge of the Earth,” published in the New Yorker in November. Levy has been celebrated for her profiles (like the one about marriage equality pioneer Edith Windsor) and her examination of [...]

From tales of wonder to tales of horror: David Small dissects Stitches

David Small has made a career illustrating books for children.  So it was no surprise that he should be the featured speaker on the last day of Harvard’s popular class, “History, Philosophy and Literature of Childhood,” taught by Maria Tatar. But on that chilly spring afternoon, standing in front of 190 eager undergraduates, he came [...]