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Mary Walling Blackburn

Blackburn is an artist and writer living in Greenpoint. She teaches at NYU.

The Fire Manifesto

I remember the children who were obsessed with flames—they coveted matches, lit their hair on fire, ignited apartment buildings, and destroyed forests. Humans love the incendiary. In the Midwest, there are university students who set cars on fire when their beer has run out.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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