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… all of the pictures that fell into the uncomfortable category were of African-Americans. It was clear that an important part of the project, as it developed, became, for my father, to document the experience of people, mostly African-Americans, who lived in a part of the city different from the one where he had grown up; yet it was also clear that this young White Ivy League graduate felt conspicuous and awkward wandering around in unfamiliar neighborhoods with his camera, like a tourist where a tourist shouldn’t be. His pictures were often taken at odd angles, as if quickly grabbed, and, though later cropped and straightened in the printing, often taken from behind something else—partly the pictures of a tourist, perhaps, but also the notes of a sort of spy.

— from Benjamin Swett’s “My Father’s Green Album” in the current issue of Salmagundi, #210-211. Read the full piece on the site below

The Black Intellectual & The Condition of the Culture

A Salmagundi Symposium at Skidmore College

Salmagundi No. 206-207, Spring-Summer 2020

Wielding the Lyric

On Now It’s Dark

Emerging from Censorship

Salmagundi No. 100, Fall 1993

Rick Moody, Life Coach:

The Record of Your Experiences

Literature and Engagement:

The Power of Words

The Poet’s Staircase

On Robert Lowell

Now

Egyptology

My Father’s Green Album

Salmagundi 210 - 211, Spring - Summer 2021

I Make Chekov Answer for Me

Susan sontag

Women, The Arts, & The Politics of Culture

An Interview with Susan Sontag

Salmagundi No. 188/189, 2015

Allesverloren

Salmagundi #144-145 (2004-2005)

Undertow, Wolf’s Head Lake

How Zen Ruins Poets

Your Living Eyes

A Few Clear Moments

The Past

Rick Moody, Life Coach:

Siblings

Acrobatic*

Reshuffling The Canon