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The poet Wallace Stevens, in his long poem “Notes toward a Supreme Fiction,” wrote, “it must be abstract. It must give pleasure.” Like much of what Stevens wrote, we’re not sure what that means. But we like it. We have long admired Stevens’s practicality, and in our weblog, we aim to get practical too, with essays art, television, public policy, books, movies, and New York.

Dara is a writer, poet, and English teacher in New York.

You can keep up with James’s day job, as an editor and writer at The New Criterion, through his TNC article archive and his anthology of other publications. He can be reached at panero (at) newcriterion (dot) com.


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