"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell

A voice crying out in — and for — the American wilderness.

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Her tone invited, enfolded, and accepted you.

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He danced with the devil.

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Celebrating thirteen HiLo Heroes about whom we wrote in 2015.

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Tight-lipped cool and shifty-eyed rage.

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Her characters suffer from education, rumination, privilege.


He wrote a stunning semi-meta­fictional masterpiece.

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An uncanny Cold War Hawthorne.

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Poetry as a life-saving form of thought.

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She fought for a place for women in science.

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She was the Lady in the Radiator.

George and Mary Oppen, c. 1968. Photograph by Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Art, poetry, and the fight against fascism.

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A multifaceted composer and critic.

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Gruesome tenderness, explosively joyful.

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An exceptional jazz pianist and memoirist.

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Ephemeral, corporeal, sacramental art.

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She refused, refused, refused.

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A child of coincidence and Harpo Marx.

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An opium-addled polymath.

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He predicted “megatechnics” vs. “biolivability.”


Intuition, creativity, laughter, and élan vital.

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His legacy precedes him.


Observer and participant, experimenter and deceiver.

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“It will get you. You can’t keep still.”