About Natalie Shapero

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

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…

The Carpet and Helen Keller

It’s common, in the age of pop-up email alerts and incessant phone-checking, to romanticize the pre-internet era as one in which writing came easier for lack of distraction. I know a number of writers who have taken active measures to…

“I Place Myself Inside Its Body”

The era of powdered wigs may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still see costumes at government hearings. In her new book Governing Animals, Kimberley K. Smith tells the story of animals rights activists who were seeking…

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