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Am I Blue

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Once upon a time I was a hostess in a restaurant on the Upper East side, one of those places that catered to two different crowds, the hip and well-heeled (yuppies, we used to call them—bankers, lawyers, drinkers), from happy hour to well...

Altered States

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...It happened again this morning—Yet another person sent the Stein quote (the third to do so, maybe even the fourth), which, as it happens, I’d spent most of yesterday evening looking for; and it can’t be Gertrude Stein, it just can’t...

All the Things You Are

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Hammerstein and Kern, from the musical Very Warm for May, 1939. —the song—begins like this:Not about you, dear Coffee (now giving direct address a try).Still, if the filter fits, yes? And it does, since among the things you are, literally...

Shouldn’t Coffee Taste Like Coffee?

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...It’s the weekend. Where I want to be is in the hammock with a book: with Isak Dinesen on her coffee farm, or Honoré de Balzac in France, or just where a tree grows, in Brooklyn, where, as I remember, there is always a pot of coffee...

Coffee in Brooklyn

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...So ask people about the best cup of coffee they ever had, they’ll tell about a place—a city, a town, a beach, a bay, the swim or hike or happening that occurred just before or after that great cup of coffee, or even during. Like, once...

One More Prompt

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...From poet Ron Padgett—The title is actually “Prose Poem (“The morning coffee.”),” and it starts like this:The morning coffee. I’m not sure why I drink it. Maybe it’s the ritual/of the cup, the spoon, the hot water, the milk, and the little...

Coffee and the Jews

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...During the Seder, it comes out that Maxwell House is responsible for the standard Haggadah—the most used if not exactly beloved. On that score, no Jew would go so far as to speak for the rest; what we’re famous for is disagreeing with each...

Reunion

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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... anxious, he says. And there’s my therapist—I sent her the questionnaire. She never got around to filling it out. “Dinah, if you’d asked me about bunnies,” she said, so contrite. (She has a couple of adorable rabbits in a pen in her dining room.)...

Twenty-Two Hands...

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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... It uses two cutting surfaces, not one, thereby chopping as opposed to slicing the beans.) wouldn’t budge. So. Many texts and photographs later (Dinah, said my brother, if I lived down the street I’d come over; Translation: Please stop...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Coffee (Teresa Was Right)

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenny is Editor-at-Large for the Los Angeles Review of Books and a faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminar as well as the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author or editor of four books, including Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (co-editor, 2015), The Object Parade (2015), and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (2011). Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Rumpus, among other publications. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Coffee

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...It’s at the end of my interview with a friend whose dad was an executive at Maxwell House Coffee that we get to the gold. Not that I’m not interested from the start: Tom’s father’s first job out of high school was in the mail room...