The Editors

  • Issue 14

    The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 14. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe now. TABLE  of  CONTENTS Letter from the Editors On Satire The indispensable premise…

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  • Endgame

    Slush Pile: A book, reviewed ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett translated from the French by Samuel Beckett Grove Atlantic $8.55 (paper) Finally, in Samuel Beckett, we have our poet-laureate of climate change. For decades now, the melting…

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  • Comedy Studies

    The following are actual titles of papers published in peer-reviewed academic journals: “Liberal Democracy as Secular Comedy” “Radical Clowning: Challenging Militarism through Play and Otherness” “Smiling Synchronicity and Gaze Patterns in Dyadic Humorous Conversations”…

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  • Letter on Satire

    What to do on Saturday night is a philosophical problem. Notwithstanding the scheduling idiosyncrasies created by our “flexible” economy, it remains the time of week we are least able to avoid asking ourselves: What…

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  • This Land Is My Land
    Immigration and the Border

    Immigration was a central issue of the 2016 presidential campaign, though until his first week in office it was unclear whether Trump really intended to build the wall and expel the undocumented. Today the Department…

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  • Democracy in America

    Slush Pile: A book, reviewed DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA by Alexis de Tocqueville translated from the French by Harvey C. Mansfield & Delba Winthrop University of Chicago Press, 722 pp. $54.00 (cloth), $22.00 (paper) Alexis…

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  • Issue 13

    The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 13. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe now or purchase the issue in our store. TABLE  of  CONTENTS…

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  • Letter on Our President

    It became a commonplace last summer for political commentators to exclaim that they did not know some portion of the American electorate, hence that they did not know some portion of their own country,…

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  • Rude Awakening:
    Election 2016

    In the wake of Tuesday’s stunning election outcome, many in the media have called for a reckoning. Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone bemoaned the coastal media’s “insular arrogance” and the New York Times’s Jim Rutenberg pointed to…

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  • Issue 12

    TABLE  of  CONTENTS Letter from the Editors On Political Fiction If our poets and novelists really believe that our political situation calls for a forceful response, shouldn’t they be writing poems and novels about…

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