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Adam Staley Groves: Remember Hope?

Adam Staley Groves: Remember Hope?

After watching the first Democratic debates, from which this party will nominate its candidate for President of the United States, I was happily unnerved...

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Ed Simon: On Death and Not Dying

Ed Simon: On Death and Not Dying

At the eastern edge of the city of Pittsburgh, where neighborhoods lined with red and pin oak, birch and elm start to merge into the forested thicket...

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Keith Doubt: Is Ratko Mladić miserable?

Keith Doubt: Is Ratko Mladić miserable?

When, according to Socrates, was Mladić more miserable? When he committed genocide and over a long period of time was not arrested, convicted, or punished..

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Peacetime Protections

Peacetime Protections

Sexual and gender-based violence in war doesn't stop when peace comes.

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Late Monsoon

Late Monsoon

Delhi—In early April, a fire began to smolder inside the Ghazipur landfill, the trash mountain that stands like a brown, stinking sentinel, two hundred feet high, on the outskirts of New Delhi...

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Poetry Oblivion Evito-Meter

Poetry Oblivion Evito-Meter

What is your favourite lost poem? There’s a lot of material (not) out there to choose from, from the lost plays of Aeschylus to the discarded hospital poems of Anne Sexton and Ivan Blatný.

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Obscene Talent

Obscene Talent

Talent is like obscenity: you know it when you see it. It’s something that can’t be defined, only recognized—an irreducible and unteachable entity, like charisma or humor...

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Patriarchy’s Paradoxical Persistence: Berfrois Interviews Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider

Patriarchy’s Paradoxical Persistence: Berfrois Interviews Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider

Our work began with a question: Why do we sacrifice the pleasures of human connection in order to claim our place as “one of the boys” or as a “good” woman?

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Why is psychedelic culture dominated by privileged white men?

Why is psychedelic culture dominated by privileged white men?

A recent study of users of novel psychedelic substances found, probably to no-one’s surprise, that they are more likely than average to be male, white...

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To Raise a Doll

To Raise a Doll

From The Believer: On a Sunday morning in May 2018, I accompanied Vivia Wampler to a mall in Chico, California, where she often went to eavesdrop on other families. She held a Coke in one hand and a Subway sandwich in the other, her eyes scanning the food court. She...

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To Love an Addict

To Love an Addict

On our second date, he was tripping on mushrooms. All logic says I should have run the other way. But I did the opposite. I didn’t know anything about his alcoholism yet.

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To Differ

To Differ

What remains for us now of Hegel, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida and the "philosophy of difference"? In the 1980s, as more and more works by Derrida and Deleuze were translated into English

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Art, documentary and the essay film

Art, documentary and the essay film

The moment when Siegfried Kracauer knew that he wanted to write of film as what he terms the ‘Discover of the Marvels of Everyday Life’...

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For the Sake of Dreams

For the Sake of Dreams

If existentialism did have an influence on popular social movements, how would we know? An even bigger question looms. What counts as an idea?

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Nicholas Rombes: One Perfect Sentence #3

Nicholas Rombes: One Perfect Sentence #3

by Nicholas Rombes From Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine, 2014. The days of our childhood together were steep steps into a collapsing mind. The sentence appears a little over halfway through the book in the section titled “February 26, 2102 / In Memory of Trayvon Martin,” and it...

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Stonewall 50

Stonewall 50

On a hot and humid summer’s evening in New York City in 1969, the tranquility of a small park in Queens was disturbed by jarring sounds of sawing and chopping and the thump of trees toppling to the ground.

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Abu Bakr II’s 200 Ships

Abu Bakr II’s 200 Ships

Africa has never lacked civilizations, nor has it ever been as cut off from world events as it has been routinely portrayed. Some remarkable new books make this case in scholarly but accessible terms

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Drifting as Fabulating

Drifting as Fabulating

No one expected the final stage of the Conservative party leadership contest to be a staid and dignified affair. The Tories are now more spectacle than party, more farcical roadshow than government.

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Jessica Sequeira on Xanthi Barker

Jessica Sequeira on Xanthi Barker

The short novel or story can be so condensed it requires multiple scans, just like a poem. I read Xanthi Barker’s nouvelle three times and each time had a different response.

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