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Why do people in certain cities — London, New York, Paris — become radicalized, sparking revolutions that expand the limits of what’s politically imaginable?… more »

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You Are Not What You Eat

“Tell me what you eat,” it’s been said, “and I shall tell you what you are.” But a person’s diet is just as often the least interesting thing about her

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Choose Your Own Dystopia

Ours is a world in which the human and the nonhuman, the real and the fake, blur together. We live in Philip K. Dick’s future, not Orwell’s or Huxley’s

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The Linguistic Fad of Our Times

Neoliberalism has an identity crisis: The term is applied to disparate phenomena.

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Remainders

Obscurity is a common fate for writers. What’s curious about William Melvin Kelley is that, after the early acclaim passed, he kept at it every day, never doubting himself

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It’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.

Lyndon B. Johnson

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What was a sensitive Jewish intellectual doing with a brutal Cossack regiment? Isaac Babel would take any risk to experience unexpected situations and strange people… more »

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The Joy of Criticism

Seemingly disinterested criticism: Is it really just willful schadenfreude, with a hidden killjoy locked inside even the noblest critic?

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Obscure No Longer

Until recently Jordan Peterson was a little-known psychology professor who wrote a book almost no one read. Now he leads a growing flock of die-hard disciples.

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Jews and Jokes

The Old Testament isn’t funny. Jews, however, produce so much humor. Why? Theories abound, few of them funny.

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