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October 13, 2015

Marlon James Wins 2015 Man Booker Prize

James's novel A Brief History of Seven Killings was awarded the prestigious literary prize. 

ESPN Pulled Its Kevin Johnson Documentary—But Not Before I Watched It

'Down In The Valley' glorifies Sacramento's Mayor, an alleged sex abuser. 

'Nathan For You' Is So Dumb It’s Actually Brilliant

The Comedy Central reality series returns with more hairbrain ideas.

Hillary vs. Bernie Will Decide the Future of the American Left

Hillary vs. Bernie will decide the future of the American Left. The fight begins with Tuesday's Democratic debate.

We Need More Scientists in the Public Square

Janet Napolitano on the shameful lack of dialogue about science and innovation in America.

Orhan Pamuk’s Working-Class Flâneurs

His most accessible novel yet documents two Istanbuls.

Bird Boy

A poem.

Bernie Sanders Should Go Big on Foreign Policy in the Democratic Debate

He recently emphasized his vote against the Iraq war. Will he attack Hillary Clinton on it directly?

Making Video Games from Art

The impossible worlds of M. C. Escher and Salvador Dalí come to life in 'Back to Bed' and 'Monument Valley.'

The Many Ways the Media Asks Hillary Clinton, "Why Do People Hate You?"

In Tuesday's debate, we'll probably hear another variation. 

Will Tuesday's Democratic Debate Ignore the Political Reality in Washington?

It’s quite possible that neither Clinton nor Sanders is up to the task of intimidating Republicans.

October 12, 2015

Swimming Upstream

A new collection of essays from the contrarian public intellectual.

Everything You Need to Know About Tuesday's Democratic Debate

What time is it? Will Bernie and Hillary do battle? Or will you fall asleep?

Lawrence Lessig’s Attack Lines for Tuesday’s Debate—Had He Been Invited

CNN didn't invite the Harvard professor, so he shared his barbs with the New Republic.

Who Will Win the 2015 Man Booker Prize?

The Man Booker Prize is the world's most prestigious literary award for works published in English, but it's ascent has come at a cost to its identity. 

Hollywood’s Tortured Tech Gurus

'Steve Jobs' is the latest movie to explore the soul of an alluring, disturbing startup CEO.

The Adults Take the Stage in the Democratic Debate

It may be boring compared to the Trump Show, but the contrast will be striking.

Elvis Costello: Rock Music’s Biggest Fan

His new memoir tells of songwriting and encounters with the famous.

El Greco

A poem.

White Male Writers: No Longer the Default, and Not Terribly Interesting

Believe it or not, "white man" is becoming its own kind of stereotype.

The Housing Crisis Amid Denver’s Cannabis Boom

Has legal marijuana—and the resulting economic boom—destroyed Denver's affordable housing market? 

Paul Thomas Anderson Has Made His Version of ‘The Last Waltz'

Junun shows the making of Jonny Greenwood and Shye Ben Tzur's new album.

Hillary Clinton Doesn't Need to Be Likable or a "Real Person"

She just needs to convince Democrats that she's Republicans' fiercest enemy.

October 11, 2015

Why I Live Where I Live

Some writers need to go abroad to see home clearly, but New York is all Vivian Gornick needs.

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