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Sven Birkerts

Sven Birkerts’s newest collection of essays, The Other Walk, has just been published by Graywolf Press. Editor of the journal Agni, based at Boston University, he also directs the Bennington Writing Seminars. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Are You Happy?

Simple question in a morning’s e-mail: “Are you happy?” Why do I freeze up instantly, feel like I’m lying before I’ve written anything back? Or is it that I feel if I were happy in the way I’d like to…

The Points of Sail

The nerve of fathering is woven through the moment—and here and now is the place to start. Late July of 2008, Cape Cod. We have come down almost every summer for the last twenty years. This time we are staying…