Harper's (January 2011)

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The drunk's club:
A.A., the cult that cures
By Clancy W. Martin

Holding Harlem
By Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts


The hare's mask
By Mark Slouka


If I have been Tomaz Salamun
By Adam Zagajewski

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All his paintings are about low. But is it, as the Impressionists’ doctrine assumed, the flow of time? I don’t think so. A long while after painting Camille on her deathbed, Monet Le Portail et la tour d’Albane, plein soleil, 1893–94 © RMN/Thierry Le Mage; Le Portail vu de face, harmonie brune, 1892–94 © RMN/Hervé Lewandowski; Le Portail, harmonie bleue, 1893–94 © RMN/Hervé Lewandowski; Le Portail (temps gris), 1892–94 © RMN/Thierry Le Mage; Camille Monet sur son lit de mort, 1879 © RMN CRITICISM 47 confessed to his friend Georges Clemenceau about the pain or shock he felt when he suddenly realized, while painting it, that he was studying her pallid face and noting the tiny variations of tone and color brought about by death, as if they were an observable everyday matter!

At the time of the decision in 2004, there had been talk about moving toward a party-based system once Afghanistan’s political culture matured. But parties have, predictably, only declined in power since then. What has matured in their place is a new, apolitical business class that has grown rich off the reconstruction by aligning itself with armed power brokers. “W e have our own words for democracy. In Dari, mardum salari. In Pashto, woles waki. They both mean ‘rule of the people,’ ” Janan Mosazai, a thirty-year-old candidate for one of Kabul’s seats, told me.

Weaker? Why does it take hold of certain people and destroy their lives and let so many others be? Bill W. A. alone: 1. a mystical experience, 2. LSD, or 3. niacin, or vitamin B-3. A. as for the discovery of the B-3 treatment for alcoholism. Nevertheless, no one ever talks about drugs in meetings except as part of the problem. I’ve often heard people brag about not taking pain medication after a surgery. A. meetings I have attended in the past year and a half, I have never once heard another alcoholic mention her or his psychiatrist.

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