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Issue 25

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 25. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe…

 

Issue 24

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 24.

 

Top Ten of 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, we’re proud to present our top-ten most-read print essays of the year, listed below in reverse order. The topics…

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Letter

 

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…

 

On Ideal Theories

Biden has not endeavored, thank goodness, to articulate a “vision” of America.

 

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…

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Dialogue

 

Above the Veil

When Howard University announced it would be shuttering its classics department this past April, it reignited a longstanding debate about the role of classical texts…

 

Irrepressible Conflict

After his swearing-in on January 20th, President Joseph R. Biden uttered a startling word not heard in an inaugural address since Abraham Lincoln took the…

 

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…

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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

 

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…

 

“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?

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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 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…

 

Mormonism’s Sci-Fi Swan Song

One day I saw a headline that woke me up: the penultimate Hill Cumorah Pageant was approaching.

 

Life Studies

There is something mildly shameful about literary pilgrimages.

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Literature

 

Difficult Characters

The following is an excerpt from “Mona,” a newly translated novel by the Argentinian writer Pola Oloixarac. This excerpt will be published in our spring…

 

Foreword

Pola Oloixarac is a bitch. I’m certainly not the first to make this observation—Oloixarac’s satirical fiction and pugnacious political journalism have earned her more than…

 

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,…

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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