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Butt Ends and Cast-Off Bits

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Mary Robison’s fiction of the superfluous

Weekly Review — March 29, 2016, 1:31 pm

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A suicide bomber kills at least 72 in Pakistan, Microsoft’s chatbot endorses genocide, and a cat is accidentally mailed across England 

Weekly Review — February 23, 2016, 11:42 am

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A cyclone makes landfall in Fiji, three people protest Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show, and a knife-wielding monkey chases patrons around a bar

Weekly Review — November 17, 2015, 11:04 am

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The Islamic State carries out two suicide bombings in Beirut, U.S. officials say they are reasonably sure they’ve killed Jihadi John, and an eight-year-old boy is accused of killing a one-year-old girl

Weekly Review — October 1, 2015, 6:00 am

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Pope Francis comes to America, Volkswagen recalls 11 million vehicles, and a Washington State school bans tag

Weekly Review — August 18, 2015, 8:00 am

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The Greek parliament approves a $95 billion international loan package, Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese Consortium considers taking legal action against Pornhub, and a naked man in Wisconsin rams his pickup truck into two police cars

Weekly Review — July 14, 2015, 8:00 am

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South Carolina removes the Confederate flag from its State House, El Chapo escapes from prison again, and the soundtrack to a pornographic film plays over the PA system of a Target in California

Weekly Review — June 2, 2015, 8:00 am

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Baltimore records its highest monthly murder total since 1971, Oklahoma police shoot an assistant pastor, and 30 people are kicked out of a hotel for fighting over a waffle maker.

Weekly Review — March 24, 2015, 8:00 am

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The Islamic State kills at least 20 foreign tourists in Tunisia, the first prime minister of Singapore dies, and customs agents in Lebanon seize 30 crates of radioactive maxi pads

Weekly Review — March 3, 2015, 8:00 am

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Vladimir Putin’s political adversary is assassinated, Venezuela bans George Bush and Dick Cheney from entering the country, and two people in Seoul are swallowed by a sinkhole

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In 1973, when Barry Singer was a fifteen-year-old student at New York’s Yeshiva University High School for Boys, the vice principal, Rabbi George Finkelstein, stopped him in a stairwell. Claiming he wanted to check his tzitzit—the strings attached to Singer’s prayer shawl—Finkelstein, Singer says, pushed the boy over the third-floor banister, in full view of his classmates, and reached down his pants. “If he’s not wearing tzitzit,” Finkelstein told the surrounding children, “he’s going over the stairs!”

“He played it as a joke, but I was completely at his mercy,” Singer recalled. For the rest of his time at Yeshiva, Singer would often wear his tzitzit on the outside of his shirt—though this was regarded as rebellious—for fear that Finkelstein might find an excuse to assault him again.

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Out of sight on Leros, the island of the damned

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Reflections on harm in language and the trouble with Whitman

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About fifteen years ago, my roommate and I developed a classification system for TV and movies. Each title was slotted into one of four categories: Good-Good; Bad-Good; Good-Bad; Bad-Bad. The first qualifier was qualitative, while the second represented a high-low binary, the title’s aspiration toward capital-A Art or lack thereof.

Some taxonomies were inarguable. The O.C., a Fox series about California rich kids and their beautiful swimming pools, was delightfully Good-Bad. Paul Haggis’s heavy-handed morality play, Crash, which won the Oscar for Best Picture, was gallingly Bad-Good. The films of Francois Truffaut, Good-Good; the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, Bad-Bad.

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For time ylost, this know ye,
By no way may recovered be.
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I spent thirty-eight years in prison and have been a free man for just under two. After killing a man named Thomas Allen Fellowes in a drunken, drugged-up fistfight in 1980, when I was nineteen years old, I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Former California governor Jerry Brown commuted my sentence and I was released in 2017, five days before Christmas. The law in California, like in most states, grants the governor the right to alter sentences. After many years of advocating for the reformation of the prison system into one that encourages rehabilitation, I had my life restored to me.

Cost of renting a giant panda from the Chinese government, per day:

$1,500

A recent earthquake in Chile was found to have shifted the city of Concepción ten feet to the west, shortened Earth’s days by 1.26 microseconds, and shifted the planet’s axis by nearly three inches.

A solid-gold toilet named “America” was stolen from Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, in Oxfordshire, England.

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