About Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero is a Kenyon Review Fellow and the author of No Object, a book of poems.

Never Dead

As a reader eternally preoccupied with the life cycles of literary aphorisms, I pay special attention to the (fittingly) frequent recurrences of Faulkner’s admonition that “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This particular gut punch was first…

Bad Language

Listen up, Grandpa: in honor of recent news out of the Anthony Weiner campaign, including last week’s weirdly profane intern-bashing, I’m devoting this post to the topic of touchy language and its various deployments. The lexicographer Eric Partridge observed that “war…

As Parmitano Did It

Last week’s news included the strange story of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who was embarking on a space walk outside the International Space Station when he sensed that his head, ensconced in its helmet, was wet. In fact, water had…

Like an Animal

This past week, reading Jessica Pierce’s new book The Last Walk, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to one particular, much-used simile. Pierce is a bioethicist by trade and training, and she wrote The Last Walk after completing a science textbook with…

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