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May 26, 2015

May 25, 2015

Street Shooter

What if news photography was liberated from the news? What if it spoke from the sidewalks? If it did, would we listen?

Teaching the Controversy

James Baldwin and Richard Wright in the Ferguson Era.

May 23, 2015

The Philosopher Novelist

Milan Kundera's latest novel becomes a “hymn to insignificance,” an ode to the ephemera of personal and political life.

How to Write About Fashion

Fashion writing is a funny business. Nestled next to lavish ads, it can’t easily say what it really thinks.

May 22, 2015

Pauline Kael's First Film Review for The New Republic

Kael embraced the upstarts who would come to be known as the French New Wave.

The Real Democratic Primary: Hillary Versus the Media

The lack of competition in the Democratic primary has left Hillary’s most ardent supporters in the strange place of not having anyone to root against.

Jeb Bush Needs More Evidence for Climate Change Action Than He Does to Start a War

The One Percent Doctrine is fine for foreign policy. But 97 percent isn't enough for climate change.

The Rites of Spring: Why College Commencement Continues to Matter

It’s an annual ritual, but commencement still has value.

Will Ireland Vote for Same Sex Marriage?

It's the world's first national referendum on gay marriage. What happens next?

May 21, 2015

Does Color Even Exist?

What you see is only what you see.

How the Gay Rights Canvassing Study Fell Apart

Here's how the study unraveled. 

Marriage Is Evolving. The 'Primates of Park Avenue’ Aren’t.

For many Americans, marriage simply isn't the central institution it once was. 

Ukraine Makes Amnesia the Law of the Land

New laws in Ukraine make it illegal to bring up its ugly past.

Rand Paul's Fake Filibuster Was Nakedly Political. Good For Him.

Who cares if it was cynical? It was also politics at its best.

Critics Shouldn't Have to Cover ‘Game of Thrones’ If They Don’t Want To

Critics shouldn't bow to Game of Thrones or marketing pressure.

Australia Is Bad for Celebrity Puppies, Worse for Actual Humans

We should be paying attention to how Australia is treating the poor, tired, and hungry masses who are huddled just offshore.

May 20, 2015

Generation PTSD: What the "Trigger Warning" Debate Is Really About

Critics of the "new political correctness" have impulses that are deeply embedded within American culture.  

Why Won't Twitter Forgive Suey Park?

Twitter activist Suey Park went viral with the #CancelColbert hashtag. And the Internet has never forgiven her for it.

Divestment Won't Hurt Big Oil, and That's OK

Critics of divestment misunderstand it.

The Culture of Criticism

What do we owe the Enlightenment?

Hillary Clinton as Feminist Children's Book Hero

There's a chapter or two that these books tend to leave out. 

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