Jon Baskin

  • Restoring Justice

    Jobi Cates is the director of Restore Justice, a Chicago-based nonprofit devoted to promoting “fairness, humanity and compassion” in the Illinois criminal justice system. Cates first became involved in issues related to criminal justice…

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  • Tired of Winning: D.C. think tanks, NYC magazines & the search for public intellect

    This essay appears in a special symposium on intellectuals, which is entirely composed of essays by the editors of The Point. Click here to read all of the essays from the symposium. My first full-time job after…

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  • Letter on The Point

    Every issue of The Point contains a “symposium” section organized around a question that takes the form: What is x for? Since the magazine’s inception in 2009, we’ve asked what sport is for, what…

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  • Out of Good Reasons

    Elena Ferrante, a pseudonymous Italian author about whom little is known personally, has in the past two years become a household name in American literary circles. The first of her seven novels, published in…

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  • Adult Conversation

    God, listen to me! Or don’t. –A. O. Scott As you may have heard by now, A. O. Scott wrote an article earlier this month for the New York Times Magazine entitled “The Death of…

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  • Doubters

    In the New Republic yesterday, Isaac Chotiner expressed relief that Sunday night’s episode of True Detective had returned to its roots as a “police procedural,” praising one scene in Episode 7 by comparing it…

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  • Enlightened

    The naïve viewer of HBO’s remarkable and now-defunct tragicomedy, Enlightened, may be forgiven for assuming, having gone through the first four or five episodes, that the show’s title is meant as a joke at the…

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  • The Circle

    Dave Eggers’s The Circle is so carelessly written, so predictably plotted, and so thinly conceived that it threatens to make a mockery of anyone who would attempt seriously to review it. Granted it has…

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  • Coming to Terms

    Jonathan Franzen and David Foster Wallace, the two most important American writers of their era, both grew up in the Midwest. Franzen describes his childhood in Webster Groves, Missouri as having unfolded “in the…

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  • Conserving the Novel

    In Issue 9 of n+1, the critic (and UCLA English professor) Mark McGurl describes the problem facing the contemporary novel this way: What should the novel do once consciousness has been physically “explained”? What…

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