New Statesman

David Axelrod's alliance with Ed Miliband is the perfect match of message and messenger. Labour gains a comms guru with soundbite skill and strategic insight whilst Axelrod has the chance to work once again for a candidate who embodies his own political beliefs.

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Reading Won't Make You a Better Person

Enough with the sanctimonious blather!

There is no longer any need to write “in defense of” reading—and yet we keep churning out books along these lines. 

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In a game where players can act out any kind of sadistic fantasy on each other—from taking hostage to force-feeding poison to breaking kneecapswhat incentive is there for humans to express their humanity?

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Being the Gone Girl Cool Girl is contingent on presenting the correct selection of individual attributes. Feminism needs to be collective and flexible.

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Who Owns the Moon?

We're just going to have to get up there and find out

We're just going to have to get up there and find out.

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Some of your favorite curse words are older than the English language itself.

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This piece originally appeared on newstatesman.com. Remember the fungus chair?

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Since the Syrian conflict began, only 10,000 of millions of refugees have been resettled formally in western countries. What's happened to the rest?

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This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. John Goodman can’t get comfortable. The sofa’s too deep: it dwarfs him like a giant beanbag. It’s strange to see Goodman looking dwarfed. When he was a young actor in Manhattan, his quarterback dimensions and baby face got him his first auditions.

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The New Intolerance

Will liberals regret pushing Christians out of public life?

Liberalism has become the new orthodoxy—and there is no room for religious believers to dissent.

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