Chicago Review

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Articles from Vol. 38, No. 3, Summer

A Christmas Thought
Wandering Jew and Methodist, the two of them, deliberately feeling alien to the Yule season, jeered and grumbled when they drove by signs of the season: the draped lines of lights, the mistletoe wreaths, the brass quintet on the corner. They were in...
A Man Made Up as He Went Along
Take this man who has the manners of a waiter in a good restaurant, a savage jaw and perplexed eyes. Set him down where? In a ridiculously small apartment in one of the many wrong parts of town. He takes his coffee black, that much is sure. He smells...
De Orbe Novo
Behind the red trees, I saw them. That led down toward the sweet sea, through heliconia and amaryllis, broad-leafed and thick, the twisted vines, the stands of palmetto, I saw these ill-mapped travellers, their barnacled ships, the masts sea-loosened,...
Hesitation
It's not that he left after fucking her because he wanted to get away from her. It's not that he wouldn't've enjoyed the heat of her beside him or her hand creeping inside his underwear in the morning when they would both be groggy and he was hard...
Landlords
My priest, who was born in the countryside, has lived in the city for many years watching the dying day and night and gathering a few left over pennies for the hospital. He ministers to only the lost women and children, and in the new hospital they...
Lyric Detachment: Two New Books of Poetry
As artists, poets should naturally want to distance themselves from what they regard as mere fashion - which is to say that fashion influences those who would shed it almost as deeply as those who would cling to it. At present it seems fashionable...
New Year's in Montreal
We'd had a long down period before Montreal. Helen was erratic again. She'd push Bible passages on me at dinner though this had little to do with her thinking on other days. She didn't leave the house much. There were times that she'd burst into my...
Our Man Rorty
Names and faces Philosophical Papers comprises two volumes of papers written in the 1980s, largely during the years that Richard Rorty held the MacArthur prize, popularly called the "genius award." All of the essays in the collection have already...
Songs of the Kisang
Early in the Chosun or Yi dynasty, which governed Korea from 1392 until the Japanese annexation in 1910, the emperors incorporated a group of skilled women, called kisang, into a political institution used by the palace to control members of the elite...
The Acquaintance
"Why are you throwing up?" When the conductor heard this, he stared at Mr. Ranjbar dumb-founded. Mr. Ranjbar, embarrassed and confused, took the ticket from him and moved away hastily. It was hot and stuffy inside the bus. Mr. Ranjbar's eyes had...
The Double
A man walks by with a loaf of bread on his shoulder. Am I then going to write about my double? i am as quiet as the frail green recently promoted from her cell of frosts 1. I'm just your size and I'm right beside you. When the crows whirl...
This Happy Breed of Men
"This good morning all around the fires - excellent! - you stand waiting and wanting for word of our excursion and our aim. We left the Chinese restaurant at one, you know, meditating our future, both bellies full of green tea, which works for good...