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A House Party Full of Strangers: On Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’

By Ryan Joe Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts gets its title from the ship the Argo, which was replaced piece by piece over a long voyage – as described by Roland Barthes – until it was both the same ship and an entirely new one. This is not unlike how the 49ers, a few years removed […]

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Unhealthy Attachments: On the 49ers, Piles of Bodies, and ‘Edwin Mullhouse’

By Ryan Joe I watched the final drive of the San Francisco 49ers game against the New York Giants. The one where the 49ers are winning until Eli Manning looking all slack-jawed flings a last-second touchdown. My mood is surprisingly dark right now. You know what else is surprisingly dark? Edwin Mullhouse by Steven Millhauser. […]

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Making Connections: On Jim Tomsula, the 49ers’ O-Line, and ‘Brain Fever’

By Ryan Henry Joe I was at the Toronto airport on Sunday, where the local team is the Buffalo Bills. So I couldn’t watch the 49ers at the Pittsburgh Steelers even if I wanted to. And after a few Twitter updates, I really didn’t want to. Here are some first half favorites: At least airport […]

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Needs More Tentacles: On ‘Winesburg, Ohio,’ Unique Millennial Snowflakes, and Michael Crabtree

By Ryan Henry Joe 1. I took a course called “The Writer as Teacher” while enrolled in Columbia University’s writing program. (Though at the time, I missed its underlying message: Thanks for the $50,000 tuition, here’s your job prospect.) I thought about that class as I read Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio — a book that […]

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I Fought the NFL and the NFL Won: On ‘Against Football,’ Illegal Streams, and San Francisco’s Fallen Camelot

By Ryan Henry Joe Three years ago, with then-San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers landing the ball everywhere but between the uprights, I’d scurry into my bedroom and hide under a blanket whenever he trotted onto the gridiron for a high-stakes field goal attempt. An outburst of cheering — provided it was a home game […]

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