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Cecilia Beaux’s modern Vision

Cecilia Beaux’s modern Vision

Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) is known, if known at all, as a quiet, conservative painter — a portraitist of the wealthy and well connected in late 19th- and early 20th-century America.

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Agenda-driven publishers churn out narrowly tailored news for increasingly niche audiences…

Agenda-driven publishers churn out narrowly tailored news for increasingly niche audiences…

Trump’s histrionics were always strategic. He was able to successfully undermine months of critical coverage and dutiful fact-checking by casting reporters as villains.

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NYPL’s Missions

NYPL’s Missions

If you think of great libraries as archives of the human condition, maintained to preserve everything we’ve thought and done, then you’d figure Frederick Wiseman would eventually make a film about the New York Public Library.

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Dominic O’Key and Caitlin Stobie on Okja

Dominic O’Key and Caitlin Stobie on Okja

by Dominic O’Key and Caitlin Stobie Okja, Netflix, 2017 Bong Joon-ho’s Okja (2017) is a weird, wonderful, and unashamedly pro-animal family drama. Made with the South Korean director’s signature bombast, the film’s maximalist aesthetic squeezes together action, comedy and horror to form an anti-capitalist adventure. Centring on one...

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Tiny Toons Played

Tiny Toons Played

Not long ago I dreamed of a shopping mall. It was not a mall I had ever visited before, or even a mall I had heard mentioned in casual conversation while standing in line at the grocery store or post office.

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So Unnatural an Activity

So Unnatural an Activity

To the uninitiated it can be hard to understand why anyone would go hiking. Today’s fleece- and Gore-Tex–clad masses may take for granted the attraction of spending weekends doing what...

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Narrowed Web

Narrowed Web

Even as the Web has grown, however, it has narrowed. Google now controls nearly ninety per cent of search advertising, Facebook almost eighty per cent of mobile social traffic.

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“Software and digital devices are imbued with the values of their creators”

“Software and digital devices are imbued with the values of their creators”

“People imagine that programming is logical, a process like fixing a clock,” Ellen Ullman writes in her essay “Outside of Time: Reflections on the Programming Life.” “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

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From loose teeth to rubber boots to hardened pieces of chewing gum…

From loose teeth to rubber boots to hardened pieces of chewing gum…

How best to follow up a six-volume, 3,600-page, terrifically indiscreet autobiographical novel that cops to infidelity, self-mutilation, premature ejaculation, alcoholism, attraction to reactionary politics and ambivalence about fatherhood?

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That Guerrilla Frisson, Though

That Guerrilla Frisson, Though

It has become customary, at literary festivals in these troubled times to speak of translation in its myriad, metamorphic dimensions as something of a panacea for the world’s ills.

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Strings are tied to your limbs…

Strings are tied to your limbs…

The inner motion of fear is a thick book of old tricks that brims with almost invisible, almost silent improvisations—that’s why it cannot be anticipated.

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Owen Vince: Peaks Memes

Owen Vince: Peaks Memes

James Hurley - forehead contorted into the bland echo of a mummified Incan princeling - can never be cool. He is ‘the original sad boy’. Sad reacts only.

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It’s Sonya Tolstaya’s Letters

It’s Sonya Tolstaya’s Letters

The 2009 film The Last Station, based on a fine book by Jay Parini and featuring Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, made the story of Lev Tolstoy’s last days accessible to many who had not read the biographies.

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Mission, Statement

Mission, Statement

At the end of June, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had hit a new level: two billion monthly active users.

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Lonely Fodder

Lonely Fodder

He would call me late in the night from somewhere on the road, a ghost town in Texas, a rest stop near Pittsburgh, or from Santa Fe, where he was parked in the desert, listening to the coyotes howling.

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FREE UNIVERSITY TUITION

FREE UNIVERSITY TUITION

What was heartening about the general election was that it suggested a new symbolic status for policy of the sort that technocratic politics was unable to manufacture.

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The work is not undignified, but how you treat domestic workers is

The work is not undignified, but how you treat domestic workers is

Paid domestic work is not recognised in my country, neither socially nor economically. This absence of recognition is experienced by thousands of women who do this type of work

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Microdosing LSD really quieted that “Hey! You suck!” voice…

Microdosing LSD really quieted that “Hey! You suck!” voice…

Well, I still have that voice in my head that tells me, “Hey! You suck!” But the thing about microdosing is that it really quieted that voice.

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