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Archive: 2017

Document of Barbarism

From The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem. The book was published last month by the University of Chicago Press. Arendt, Scholem, and Walter Benjamin were German-born Jewish philosophers.…

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Raise the Red Pen

From a list of prohibitions for online media, including video-streaming sites, circulated in June by the China Netcasting Services Association, a state-controlled body that oversees more than 600 media companies.…

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Poem with Orpheus

By Emily Skillings, from Fort Not, her first book of poetry. The collection was published by The Song Cave in October. Read More

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Dead Ball Situation

A philosopher’s flat-footed meditations on the beautiful game

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Dear Rose

Introduction by Ben Lerner Oceans and roses are surely among the most shopworn images in poetry, as Ocean Vuong is well aware: “I place your finger on a flower so…

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Findings

Economics students behave more selfishly than do arts majors and science majors in monetary experiments because they expect less from others. Anger shifts people toward fiscal conservatism. Deviance spurs bonding…

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On the Corner of Myth and Main

There was a time when I didn’t know that I lived in Middle America. When I was very young, growing up in eastern Minnesota, I thought I was just an…

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The Year of The Frog

To look at him, Sweet Macho was a beautiful horse, lean and strong with muscles that twitched beneath his shining black coat. A former racehorse, he carried himself with ceremony,…

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Crossing Guards

When private ownership of a bridge gets old

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Framing The Shadows

The luminary vision of W. Eugene Smith

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Terms of Surrender

It was in the fall of 1941 that the question of atomic energy was first brought directly to my attention. At that time President Roosevelt appointed a committee to advise…

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Letters

Kingdom Come Andrew Cockburn [“Crime and Punishment,” Letter from Washington, October] draws much-needed attention to Saudi Arabia’s deceitful lobbying campaign to derail the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA),…

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“I am Here Only for Working”

Conversations with the petroleum brotherhood in the UAE

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Harper’s Index

Minimum number of times since September 2015 that Donald Trump has referred to Christmas in speeches : 23 Number of those references that suggested the holiday was under attack : 19 Median age of voters…

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Chronicle of Dire Education

From news reports of homework given to students in US public schools since 2011. Read More

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The Send-Off

By Philippe Claudel, from Inhumaines, which was published by Stock earlier this year. Claudel is a novelist and filmmaker. Translated from the French by Camille Bromley. Read More

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Before I Sleep

By Henry Marsh, from Admissions, a memoir about his life as a neurosurgeon. The book was published in October by St. Martin’s Press. Marsh is the author of Do No Harm.

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New Books

When you consider the savagery of your run-of-the-mill fairy tale, our use of the term to connote “romance” or “idealization” smacks of nothing more than romance and idealization — a…

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God Among Men

From Bakkhai, a translation by Anne Carson of the play by Euripides. The book was published this month by New Directions. The adaptation was produced in 2015 by the Almeida…

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Two and Two

Among the folk invited to Tony’s wedding were the Hardcomes o’ Climmerston — Stephen and James — first cousins, both of them small farmers. With them were their intended wives,…

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New Books

When last we heard from Isabel Archer, she was on her way from London back to Rome, where her husband, the cruel, cosmopolitan aesthete Gilbert Osmond, was waiting. That’s how…

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Keeping Up Appearances

Jennifer Egan’s shallow depths

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December 2017