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PETA is right to say that Pokémon endorses animal cruelty--though, in typical fashion, it misses the point

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Mo Yan's candid glimpse of twentieth-century China

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An American

Every Diwali, I explain to my friends at school why I am so tired—garba it’s like dancing—pujas? I guess like praying—  I explain in fragments because even we don’t know why we wash statues with milk, why worshipping God takes so many coats. I don’t ask,  just sit beside my mother when she sings. My sister and I watch our father struggle to cross his legs; his laughter resting on his lifted knees.  He closes his eyes, pretending to pray. We believe my mother made this temple herself, found pictures and tiny murtis, gold coins with Shiva, rice and turmeric  stored in tiny steel jars.

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Clasp

You get used to it, she said, meaning the delicate mechanism of the diamond drop passed on from her mother. She was fastening the clasp around my neck, meaning preparing me for the fumbling that inheritance presents, meaning death. You get used to it, she said, meaning being inserted into the dark and learning to call it something else—the way of all flesh, for instance.

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What began as a classic "thank God we're not those people" show for liberals and other cosmopolitans turned out to be weirdly inspirational.

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The famed historian, who died last month, began his career as a Marxist and finished it as a conservative Catholic.

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A 1995 review by Eugene Genovese of Eric Hobsbawm’s history of the 20th century.

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Carrie Mathison has more in common with Jack Bauer than her fans admit.

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A photo from her writers’ room reveals just one other women on staff.

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