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Garret Keizer

Garret Keizer’s many books include The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want (PublicAffairs, 2010), Privacy (Picador, 2012), and Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher (Metropolitan Books, 2014). He has also written for Harper’s, Lapham’s Quarterly, Mother Jones, and the New York Times.


Oliver Barrett

Reformed [private]

Summer 2014 | Memoir

Like other children, I was fascinated by old Lucifer, by his horns and tail, which simultaneously made him sinister and gave him an animal’s grace, by his fire-​engine hide, his flame that no fire engine can put out, and above all by his barbed fork, which strikes a boy as so much more interesting than a shepherd’s crook or a prophet’s staff.

The Supremes (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard) at Motown Studios. Detroit, 1965. (Magnum Photos)

Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone [private]

Fall 2013 | Essays

Once the fastest-​growing city in America and its fourth largest, the cradle of Motown music is now the country’s leader in urban decline. Its population peaked in 1950; since then, it has lost nine of ten manufacturing jobs and 63 percent of its residents.

Illustration by Jen Renninger

Walt [private]

Summer 2013 | Memoir

Not long after I fell in love with my wife, I fell in love with her father. I can’t say for sure if I loved him until after she and I were married, but I liked him from that very first night.