As in an old memoir, the rhododendrons were over. Hunger persisted, and the light was weak — the light of music and books, the light paintings cast on bowls of fruit and table cloths, to make them ours . . .
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Legendary novelist and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison explains why beauty is absolutely necessary in an interview from the magazine’s archives; Molly Ringwald channels adolescent grief in her reading of “Guests,” a story by Mary Terrier; and poet Alex Dimitrov reads his poem “Impermanence.”