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Issue 23

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Issue 22

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

 

Issue 21

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Letter

 

On Integration

Not only was Cruse dubious about the plausibility of eradicating prejudice from the souls of whites, but he believed that such a project—inevitably focused on…

 

On Birthrights

Whatever one thinks about the moral status of the existing global order, it is hard to imagine circumstances in which philosophical critique would make a…

 

On the Hatred of Literature

The hatred of literature, though it remains almost unheard of among the general reading public, has become the default mode in the upper reaches of…

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Dialogue

 

Escaping the Dire Hose

A few years ago I spoke with Alan Jacobs about his book, The Year of Our Lord, 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis. A…

 

American Nightmares

In the most basic sense, when we first confront powerful images we say that we are out of words, right? All of a sudden we…

 

Mistakes We’ve Made

Patriotism is a moral mistake and an intellectual mistake, a mistake twice over. We are all subject to it.

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Remarks

 

Limited Time

INTRODUCTION The subtitle of Martin Hägglund’s new book, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, indicates its ambition. In the first half of This Life,…

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Survey

 

“Don’t You Kneel”

WHEN THE EDITORS of this magazine began to talk about how to address this summer’s uprisings—hundreds of thousands taking to the streets in hundreds of American cities…

 

Being a Kid

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

 

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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Further Materials

 

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:…

 

Muellerisms

The following is a collection of statements published in the New York Times about Robert S. Mueller, from 2001 to today.

 

Comedy Studies

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

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Dictionary

 

The Crisis of Language Project

alt right: i) right-wing racists who use leftist rhetoric. ii) establishment.

 

The (Updated) Dictionary of Received Ideas

Classics, the: force of oppression. Know enough to despise ~: “Plato was an authoritarian.” “Aristotle condoned slavery.”

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Correspondence

 

The Revolution Will Be Telegrammed

Hong Kong is again in the news with Beijing seeking to pass anti-dissent national security laws; crucially, it plans to do so via the National…

 

Simple Hearts

Much of what Dave taught me had to do with the sympathy and intelligence he applied to varieties of experience that that were alien to…

 

The Defender

He is the ambassador of a Jewish community rooted in an old Tehran that no longer exists.

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Literature

 

Little Things Are Big Again

Integrated love didn’t have to bear the weight of such a grim outlook. He’d try, and I’d try, and together we might create something immersive,…

 

Foreword: “Little Things Are Big Again”

Things don’t go quite as we or the characters expect. And Varela doesn’t ever give us the comfort of escaping the fundamental ambiguity at the…

 

The Patient Records

This piece is part of the Ferrante Project: 32 works by women writers and artists of color experimenting with freedom, anti-fame and anonymity. 1. It…

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Slush Pile

 

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…

 

Endgame

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

 

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,…

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Reading Room

 

Restless Minds

This is the third column in the third round of Reading Room, a collective column on reading and life. In each round, the contributors respond to a prompt…

 

Guilt Lit

This is the second column in the third round of Reading Room, a collective column on reading and life. In each round, the contributors respond to…

 

In Defense of Longing

This is the first column in the third round of Reading Room, a collective column on reading and life. In each round, the contributors respond…

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Advice