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Summer 2015

Issue 10

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what's in Issue 10.


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Letter

To Fellow Travelers

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In January of this year the Coalition of the Radical Left, known by its acronym Syriza, became the largest party in the Greek parliament, and […]


 

Essays

The Art of Decay

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And so, from hour to hour, we ripe and ripe, and then, from hour to hour, we rot and rot; and thereby hangs a tale. […]


Fail Again

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There’s a little time left before the show is supposed to start, and paying audience members are gathered outside the black-box theater behind the furniture […]


Complications of Philosophy

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I teach an undergraduate class on Nietzsche, a philosopher who has a reputation for captivating young minds. After one class, a student came to see […]


Out of Good Reasons

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Elena Ferrante, a pseudonymous Italian author about whom little is known personally, has in the past two years become a household name in American literary […]


After Ferguson

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As night fell over Missouri on November 24, 2014, the streets of Ferguson erupted in protest and then riot. The occasion was the announcement that Darren Wilson, a white officer in the Ferguson police department ...


 

Symposium

Stendhal Syndrome

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…for beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we can just barely endure, and we stand in awe of it as it coolly […]


Being Elsewhere

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In 1892, a French psychologist named Jules de Gaultier published a short book entitled Le bovarysme, la psychologie dans l’oeuvre de Flaubert. In 1902, he […]


The Shuttle Era

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Space used to signify pure tomorrow, an infinite frontier unrolling in all directions. Now, for those few who still nurse them, the arc of those […]


Away Games

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In the late autumn of 2012, in a cold ground-floor room on the South Side of Chicago, I watched Queens Park Rangers record the worst […]


Against Honeymoons

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My wife is seated in a beach chair. She peers over her book and sees me approaching some seals hauled up on the sand. There […]


 

Reviews

Doubting T. S. Eliot

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I was nineteen. (I doubt that this sort of thing happens to people much older than that.) I was a sophomore in college, and had […]


Gay Berlin

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One evening in October 1905, when most Berliners were bundled away at home, Kurt Hiller wandered alone through the Tiergarten. Well, not quite alone. Walking […]


Melancholy

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Melancholy is a word that has fallen out of favor for describing the condition we now call depression. The fact that our language has changed, […]


Forward with Fukuyama

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Fukuyama may still be proven wrong—after all, for his argument to be correct, it has to be correct forever, and the future lasts a long time. But on the most basic level, we still inhabit the ideological landscape that Fukuyama described a quarter century ago. The end of history hasn’t ended, yet.