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Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Six Questions — October 1, 2014, 8:00 am
Eula Biss discusses vaccinations, motherhood, and metaphors
Six Questions — September 17, 2014, 8:00 am
Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton discuss how the clothes we wear shape our lives
Six Questions — August 28, 2014, 12:56 pm
William Deresiewicz discusses the miseducation of the American elite
Six Questions — August 7, 2014, 8:00 am
Astra Taylor discusses the potential and peril of the Internet as a tool for cultural democracy
Six Questions — July 1, 2014, 2:02 pm
Christopher Beha discusses sex tapes as literary vehicle, the celebrity impulse, and the problematic absence of religion in American literature
Six Questions — June 30, 2014, 11:00 am
Jeff Sharlet on his collection of essential dispatches, reports, confessions, and other essays on American belief
Six Questions — June 23, 2014, 8:00 am
The characters in Rivka Galchen’s new collection, American Innovations, are as surprised and confused by time travel, mysterious growths, and encounters with the dead as they are by being unemployed, getting divorced, and falling in love. In “Once an Empire,” which was published in the February 2010 issue of Harper’s Magazine, a woman arrives home to find her furniture climbing down the fire escape. Other stories revisit such classics as Thurber’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and Borges’s “The Aleph,” but consider them all from the perspectives of women. In each story, Galchen creates a world at once recognizable but disturbed, uncertain …
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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