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Peter Trachtenberg

Peter Trachtenberg is the author of 7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh (Penguin, 1998), The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (Little, Brown and Company, 2008), and Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons (Da Capo, 2012). His essays, journalism, and short fiction have been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, BOMB, the New York Times Travel Magazine, A Public Space, and VQR. Trachtenberg is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He’s currently working on a book of nonfiction, The Last Artists in New York (Black Sparrow, forthcoming 2023).


A Basket of Replaceables

August 20, 2017

All the time I was watching the young white fascists rioting in Charlottesville, I kept thinking, Those losers. I probably said it aloud a few times. This is a pretty easy conclusion to draw about people who have traveled some distance to wear body a [...]