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Social life and customs

The New New Narcissism

By Kristin Dombek, from The Selfishness of Others, a monograph that was published this month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Dombek is the recipient of a 2013 Rona Jaffe award.…

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Cock and Ball Story

From Jay to Bee, a collection of letters by Janet Frame (1924–2004) to William Theophilus Brown, a painter, and published in May by Counterpoint. Frame was the author of thirteen…

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The Origins of Speech

In the beginning was Chomsky

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In Hayange

In March 2014, Marine Le Pen’s National Front took charge of eleven municipalities, among them Hayange, a city of 16,000 in northeastern France, where the unemployment rate rose to 15…

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Swedish Snaps

In 1930 we went to live in Sweden. Before we had unpacked, and while I was still in that baffled mood that always comes on me when forced to tackle…

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Parties Foul

From themes of parties that have been held by college students in the United States and the U.K., collected by Laura Bates. Her book Everyday Sexism will be published in…

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