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Morgan Bassichis

Last winter, Gregg Bordowitz, ever the yenta, gave me and Douglas Crimp a copy of the Bible, because neither of us had read it. (For the sake of “Best of 2019,” let’s call it Robert Alter’s The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary [W. W. Norton]. In our shared ignorance—Douglas’s because of his devout skepticism of religion, and mine because of an evangelical loyalty to television—we started where it literally all began, in the Book of Genesis. We took turns reading to each other about humans trying and failing to be better, shouted at the misogyny of blaming Eve for everything, tried to keep our eyes open during the lists of “this guy, son of that guy, son of that other guy, etc.,” and used dirty gay bookmarks to hold our place between stories about the world being made and unmade over and over. We found ourselves utterly enraptured (weird word choice?) by such an insatiable

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