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Spring 2018

Issue 16

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what's in Issue 16.


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Letter

Letter on The Point

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Every issue of The Point contains a “symposium” section organized around a question that takes the form: What is x for?


 

Essays

Leaving Herland

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Imagine a world without men.


Blame the Victim

By

A number of times, some of which I hardly remember, all of which I try to forget, I left an apartment where I had a sexual encounter and things had happened that made me feel violated.


“This Is the Girl”

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If Lindsay Lohan is not and has never been two women sensu stricto, we might be forgiven for believing something different; twice now she has split herself onscreen, and twice the overall effect was of exactly what it was: one girl refracted, even though there were two names, two sets of clothes, two miens.


Innocence Abroad

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It’s remarkable, given the propensity of American officials, journalists and academics to refer to other nations and cultures as immature and underdeveloped, how frequently and consistently Americans themselves are described as children, by both foreign authors and American writers themselves.


 

Symposium

Tired of Winning

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My first full-time job after college was with the Center for American Progress, a policy institute in Washington, D.C.


Black Fire

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We are living through a moment of national reckoning.


Enlightenment Idols

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Politics on both sides of the Atlantic is being played out in the costumes of dead generations.


I Am Madame Bovary

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Of all the personal stories shared in the wake of #MeToo, in no single narrative did so many recognize themselves as in a work of fiction: the short story “Cat Person,” by 36-year-old first-time author Kristen Roupenian.


On Being an Arsehole

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A few months into a cushy postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton, where the walls were a soothing yellow and poached salmon was a staple, it dawned on me that I could reasonably be considered an arsehole.


What Something Is

By

Hans-Georg Gadamer was born on February 11, 1900, the same year that Friedrich Nietzsche died and 250 years (to the day) after the death of René Descartes.


Switching Off

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In 1964, when Joseph Brodsky was 24, he was brought to trial for “social parasitism.”


 

Dialogue

The Sting of Knowledge

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Mladen Dolar is a senior research fellow in the department of philosophy at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and a writer on a huge array of cultural topics.


 

Slush Pile

The Life of the Mind

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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.


 

Reviews

Useful Idiots

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It might seem that there is not much left to say regarding Elif Batuman’s debut novel: since its release in March of last year The Idiot has received generous coverage from nearly every literary-oriented publication in the United States.


Guaranteed Income

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One could be forgiven for thinking that guaranteed income, the direct provision of government cash for everyone’s basic living expenses, is a new idea.


The Amazon Bookstore

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Chances are, if you are reading this, that you have for some period of your life been a regular at the kind of bookstore owned and run by a mean old walrus with ketchup stains on his shirt and strata of nicotine marbled into his whiskers, and who turns out to be very knowledgeable and cool and non-creepy once you get to know him.