About Natalie Shapero

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

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…

Take Me Back

The world seems reassuringly orderly when broken down into fours: four seasons of the year, four corners of the square, four Beatles if you don’t count Billy Preston, Brian Epstein, George Martin, Yoko, or four other likely contenders. And four…

Miss American Sky

The unlikely star of this week’s coverage of the sequester, air travel is not faring well in the press. As many news outlets have been pointing out over the past few days, the recent congressional reprieve regarding FAA budget cuts…

Inaction Sequence

Tad Friend’s recent New Yorker piece on self-consciously pensive auteur Derek Cianfrance focuses a fair amount of attention on the filmmaker’s most unusual physical feature: a tattoo across the knuckles of his right hand. Rather than going with the quintessentially…

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