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Issue 27

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 27. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe…

 

Top Ten of 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, we’re proud to present our top-ten most-read essays of the year, listed below in reverse order. If you enjoy…

 

Issue 26

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 26. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe…

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Letter

 

On Duty

The protests did not stop the allied war effort in Iraq; those in Russia will not end the invasion of Ukraine. But both mobilizations imply…

 

On Language Games

For a country so often believed to be anti-intellectual, it is striking how much of American political conversation has come to revolve around seemingly pedantic…

 

On College

Ever since The Point was founded twelve years ago by graduate students on a university campus in Chicago, it has faced in two directions at…

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Dialogue

 

Try Something Out

“I can’t account for what kind of encounter someone will have with what I write in turn. All I can do is have a good…

 

Legitimation Crisis

John Guillory’s forthcoming book Professing Criticism will force professors to rethink graduate education and challenge literary scholars to confront the paradoxes inherent to the discipline.

 

Violent Antagonisms

“I’m always coming back to the perhaps too-basic notion that every object, every movement within culture, every molecule of collective life, is shot through with…

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Remarks

 

When Meghan Married Harry

This essay is a preview of our forthcoming print issue, which features the symposium “What is college for?”

 

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

 

Military Life

We sent around a questionnaire asking veterans to reflect on their time in the military: what it meant to them, how it changed them and…

 

Culture in the Time of “Military Operations”

This article, a survey of Russian artists responding to war, was originally published on Colta.ru, a Russian website dedicated to sociocultural topics, on March 3rd

 

College Life

No symposium about what college is for would be complete without the perspectives of those for whom the question is most immediate: college students. This…

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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 Unifier

Some elections are determined by a kingmaker, others are defined by the appearance of a troublemaker. The 2022 presidential election in France falls into the…

 

Where Dreams Come True

On the third day, God said, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.” And…

 

The End of the Dock

There’s a cabin in the hills up above Malibu belonging to a Hollywood friend of mine, where I go when I get in the mood…

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Literature

 

On Equanimity

§1. Syllogisms fail more often than not, Sarah posited in her undergrad Introduction to Logic discussion session, due to faulty premises. If A likes B,…

 

Search History

AMIRA On Tuesday, after she’s walked for hours, she decides to sit at a coffee bar and order a cappuccino in her husband’s honor. On…

 

Art That Contains Theories

Around a hundred years ago a sort of novel abounded which with each passing decade became more and more endangered until, especially here in America,…

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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

 

Back to Real Life

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

 

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…

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Advice

 

Gift Economy

Help! I’m Jewish. Am I selling out by celebrating Christmas?

 

Privacy Settings

This is the first installment of “Human Resources,” an advice column from The Point written by Anastasia Berg.

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