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Issue 22

This annotated table of contents offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 22.

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Issue 21

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 21. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe […]

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Best of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we’re proud to present our top-ten most-read print essays of the year, listed below in reverse order. Although their […]

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Being a Kid

What do you think is the best part of being a kid?

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Working with the Earth

This fall and winter we invited people who work with the land—farmers, ranchers, foresters, ecologists and others—to tell us what they think the earth is […]

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Skin in the Game

After the midterms, we had our writers and editors reflect on what the election meant to them.

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Letter on Justice

Franz Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony” begins with a Traveler, described as a “great Western explorer,” learning about a “peculiar apparatus” of justice.

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Living in Prison

This summer, in partnership with Chicago Books to Women in Prison, we distributed a short survey to incarcerated women across the country, inviting them to tell us about their experience of living in prison.

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Intellectuals in Crisis

Intellectual Ex-Radicals and World Reaction: The Crisis of the Disillusioned Fellow-Travelers of Bolshevism Is Not the Same as a “Crisis of Marxism” (Trotsky 1939) The Intellectual: […]

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The Life of the Mind

By some indicators we are entering a new Dark Age: anti-intellectual fervor is raging, suspicion of experts is at an all-time high and appeals to reason are dismissed as passé.

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Survey: What is church for?

We invited priests and pastors from across the country to participate in a short survey about the joys, challenges and day-to-day work of leading a church in contemporary America.

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Letter on Reformation

If you happened to log onto Facebook around Thanksgiving, you might have seen these words, blinking in white against an emergency-red background: “URGENT: If you’re not freaking out right now about net neutrality you’re not paying attention.”

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Endgame

Finally, in Samuel Beckett, we have our poet-laureate of climate change.

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Comedy Studies

The following are actual titles of papers published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

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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 do we want?

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This Land Is My Land

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 […]

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Democracy in America

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America arrives at an auspicious time. The French sociologist came initially to America to prepare a report on criminal justice, but he ultimately widened his purview to encompass the whole of American society.

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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, America.

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Rude Awakening

We agree that now is the time for resisting dogmatism and exploring uncomfortable stances, not at the expense of our convictions but on their behalf. This is, in fact, something we have been trying to do at The Point since its inception.

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Poetry and Politics in Myanmar

Our generation wants more art and less politics. We often talk about the two Ps: politics and poetry. Which one will you write as a capital, which one as a small letter? For us, the capital letter is poetry. It doesn’t mean we are against politics because that’s simply impossible—even the air we breathe is political. But what we want to focus on is the poetic nature of a given work of art.

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