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Supply-Side Innovations and the Opioid Cycle

Supply-Side Innovations and the Opioid Cycle

There are two competing perspectives about the cause of the opioid explosion, and they lead to different policy prescriptions...

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Jennifer Carlson: Guns, Policing, Race

Jennifer Carlson: Guns, Policing, Race

Gun militarism doesn’t exist in opposition to gun populism, but alongside it, constituting a racial-double standard...

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‘Lunar New Year’, ‘Amygdala hijack’ and ‘Pre-partum’ by Tan Tzy Jiun

‘Lunar New Year’, ‘Amygdala hijack’ and ‘Pre-partum’ by Tan Tzy Jiun

I was a buoyant cocoon she carried in the jellyfish bell...

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Üsküdar was the Plymouth Rock of the Turkish Straits…

Üsküdar was the Plymouth Rock of the Turkish Straits…

Geographically vulnerable as most harbors are, Chrysopolis was better suited to commerce than war. This is why nothing remains of its Roman or Byzantine origins...

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Centuries of Constantinople

Centuries of Constantinople

She dwarfed all other remaining cities of the Roman Empire as well as former western Roman imperial and cross-frontier territories, and all but a few eastern cities...

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How objective was Japanese transwar fieldwork?

How objective was Japanese transwar fieldwork?

The post-1968 era inaugurated the unraveling of Japanese anthropology’s transwar consensus about its goals to produce objective, field-based research that uncovered universal laws of social development and diffusion...

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Journalism Planet

Journalism Planet

Is the title limited to hard-news reporters? Are bloggers journalists? Are producers at media corporations and TV programs journalists?

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Coding Children

Coding Children

A striking example is the distinction that one family made between using digital technology as a producer/creator and using it merely as a consumer; the parents sought to ensure that their children fall into the first group, with the aim of one day becoming a leader in the new...

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Marian Janssen on John Berryman

Marian Janssen on John Berryman

Letters are always self-involved, but Berryman’s are often insufferably self-obsessed, even if they are meant to be letters of condolence...

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Where’s the Veg?

Where’s the Veg?

It’s a common enough scenario. A vegetarian has been invited to a friend’s place for dinner. The host forgets that the guest is a vegetarian, and places a pork chop in front of her. What is she to do?

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Zigzag Waffle Rabbit

Zigzag Waffle Rabbit

And so on, as before, in a roundabout way, using more words to say nothing than necessary...

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As Sea Embraces Sea

As Sea Embraces Sea

In the coastal villages of southern Kent, the breeze off the water is said to cause things to age quickly: iron to rust, brass to discolor, lichen to cover roofs like the scales of a lizard...

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A Dream Writing by Jeremy Fernando

A Dream Writing by Jeremy Fernando

A dream writing; an unreadable writing; perhaps an invisible writing; or maybe a writing that is awaiting reading. And where the effects of said writing are precisely its traces unveiling itself — waiting to be read...

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Worsteds to Woollens

Worsteds to Woollens

English textile workers focused on the production of cheap worsteds, a coarse light woollen cloth, which required very little or no fulling...

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Or, the Semicolon

Or, the Semicolon

I’ve long considered punctuation a form of musical notation, each mark its own sort of rest. There’s the quarter rest of the comma, the half rest of the semicolon, the three-quarter rest of the colon or the em-dash...

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A National Education Service: Berfrois Interviews Melissa Benn

A National Education Service: Berfrois Interviews Melissa Benn

Our education system divided our nation, broadly along the lines of social class, choosing winners and losers at an early age...

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Night Scenes

Night Scenes

In 1924 a young man named Gyula Halász left Brasov, Transylvania—his Hungarian hometown, annexed by Romania in the aftermath of World War I—and moved to Paris.

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OxyCon

OxyCon

In February 2001, Ed Bisch, a middle-aged American IT worker, received a frantic call from his daughter. She had just found her 18-year-old brother, Eddie, unconscious and turning blue in the bathroom ...

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Saturday-morning cartoons and kung fu…

Saturday-morning cartoons and kung fu…

Released in 1998, Lauryn Hill’s first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, was also a canonical intervention—to both the previously male-dominated sphere of hip-hop as well as the white-dominated upper echelons of the music industry and pop culture.

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The Modest Proposal leaves the human story a dark and senseless farce…

The Modest Proposal leaves the human story a dark and senseless farce…

“I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve...

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Either/Cad/Or

Either/Cad/Or

Kierkegaard’s own devotion to his faith was unqualified. Although he was born into financial comfort, his father had arrived as a nearly destitute youth in the Danish metropolis of Copenhagen

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