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Archive: 2017

The Working Classroom

By Malcolm Harris, from Kids These Days, a book about millennials that was published this month by Little, Brown. Read More

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Lean Out

Feminist struggles are labor struggles

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Letters

Book Collective Jonathan Dee’s reflections on the status of the social novel are a welcome critique of contemporary writing, but his argument is compromised by an elision in his survey…

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Keeping Up Appearances

Jennifer Egan’s shallow depths

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Total Eclipse of the Heart

From a Craigslist ad posted in the San Francisco area in August, preceding a total solar eclipse that passed over Oregon and other parts of the United States.

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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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Harper’s Index

Number of U.S. states in which legislation has been proposed this year to protect drivers who strike protesters : 6 Percentage of Americans who say they support “white nationalism” :…

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II

By George Oppen (1908–84), from 21 Poems, a collection of previously unpublished works that was released in August by New Directions. Oppen was the author of seven volumes of poetry.…

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The Trial

By Maria Alyokhina, from Riot Days, a memoir. Alyokhina is a member of the music group and art collective Pussy Riot, along with Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. In February…

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Flesh and Blood

Three close encounters with Sons and Lovers

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Bad Dog

Abby was a breech birth but in the thirty-one years since then most everything has been pretty smooth. Sweet kid, not a lot of trouble. None of them were. Jack…

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Findings

Physicists at the Linac Coherent Light Source created diamond rain. Researchers identified features that make some women’s faces significantly more attractive from the front than from the side. Software that…

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Star Search

The race to rebuild the Democratic Party

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An Off Pursuit

From a draft of a letter written in 1940 by Joan Murray (1917–42) to W. H. Auden (1907–73). The letter is included in Drafts, Fragments, and Poems, a collection of…

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Pushing the Limit

What the U.S. Olympic Committee can — and can’t — do about sexual abuse

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How?

From a folktale collected in Virginia in 1974 that is included in The Annotated African American Folktales, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar. The anthology was published…

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Shaking with Fear

From a verbal report given by Harold Howard to Kurt Castaldo, a deputy in the sheriff’s office in Palm Beach County, Florida, in December 2015. Howard alleged that Yousef Muslet…

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Not Safe For Work

From a complaint filed by Elizabeth Scott against UploadVR in a California Superior Court in May. UploadVR is a virtual reality company based in San Francisco. Scott, who was hired…

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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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Sex Machina

From a study presented last year at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, in New Zealand. Participants were asked their opinion of various capabilities a sex robot might have. They…

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Preaching to The Choir

Once, on a river-rafting trip through the Grand Canyon, I traveled with a charming, good-humored man who happened to run an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. He liked…

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Ojai Valley, California

Beginning in 2011, a historic drought struck California. It was officially declared over this April, largely because of rainfall in the northern half of the state. Parts of the south,…

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Political Wilderness

Lately it seems that politicians have made increasing use of the phrase “home rule.” The rash of rhetoric, which includes President Nixon’s reorganization plan to move government closer to the…

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Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

The Kesecker family has been farming in Morgan County for seventy years. In the spring of 2016, a company called Mountaineer Gas offered them a small sum of money if…

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November 2017