Books

Lena Dunham Has Become a Walking Caricature of Herself
September 26, 2014

Her new book is just as cloying and overthought as the rest of her schtick.

How to Reveal You Had an Abortion
A guide for Wendy Davis and other politicians
September 23, 2014

A guide for Wendy Davis and other politicians.

The New Fairy Tale Is Trying to Escape Its Past
September 23, 2014

How fairytale re-tellings betray their origins.

Nabokov's Lolita Is Constantly Banned. It's Also a Work of Genius.
September 23, 2014

It's Banned Books Week. Read something dangerous. 

Peter Thiel Is a Closet Humanist
September 22, 2014

Even though he wants to keep kids out of college.

Why Drugs Are a Metaphor for Some Foods, and Sex Is a Metaphor for Others
Exploring the language of Yelp reviews
September 21, 2014

The answers lie in Yelp reviews.

What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?
Studying history with hypotheticals
September 20, 2014

Studying history with hypotheticals.

We Shouldn't Forget Liberalism's Religious Roots
September 19, 2014

21st-century liberalism is a pale shadow of its 19th-century ancestor.

Finally, a Russian Jewish Novel Breaks Out of the Autobiographical Rut
September 19, 2014

New novel asks how the heroism of Soviet-era Jewish dissidents becomes a blueprint for political action for a new generation.

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