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Social life and customs

Two Women

By Amos Oz, from the story collection Between Friends, published this month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Oz is the author of several books, including, most recently, Jews and Words. Translated…

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Lakshmi’s Story

By Vaishali Raode, from Mi Hijra, Mi Lakshmi (“I Am a Hijra, I Am Lakshmi”), an account of the life of Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender-rights activist in the Indian…

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Ad Absurdum

Suppose we decide to take a look at the Sixties from a fresh perspective. Suppose we start not with politicians, or soldiers in Vietnam, or civil rights protesters, or Woodstock…

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Sleeping Together

She bowed and introduced herself as Yukiko and I knew it was her real name. I’d heard about the games played by the women in Tokyo’s hostess bars, that they…

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Our Town

How Roger Barker made Oskaloosa, Kansas, his laboratory

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Polite Brigade

From A Brochure for Comprehending the Cultures of the Coalition Forces, a twenty-eight-page pamphlet published by the Afghan Ministry of Defense and distributed to Afghan troops. Translated from the Dari…

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Anarchist Calisthenics

From Two Cheers for Anarchism, published last month by Princeton University Press. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. In the summer of 1990, in an effort…

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Hallelujah

An economic companion to the Messiah

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