About Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero is an Associate Editor of The Kenyon Review 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.…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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