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Spring 2021

Issue 24

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


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Letter

On Ideal Theories

By

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


 

Essays

No Good Has Come

By

Marilynne Robinson has called writing a “testimony.” For her work—six books of dense and fiery nonfiction, and five novels—“testimony” is a suitably multifarious word. It […]


House Hunters

By

I wondered if these novels could cut through it to show me whether there is, in fact, anything suspect about the longing for a house.


The Logic of the Like

By

Whatever its weaknesses, Bourdieu’s highly contestable and partial theory has over time come to describe aspects of our social life with frightening accuracy. This is not because he refined the theory in any notable way; rather, the parts of the social world that best embody it have grown to increasingly structure how we interact.


Sources of Life

By

A false theory of culture is worse than a false theory of the heavens. The planets stick to their orbits no matter what we think, but culture becomes what we believe it is.


 

Symposium

No Good Has Come

By

Marilynne Robinson has called writing a “testimony.” For her work—six books of dense and fiery nonfiction, and five novels—“testimony” is a suitably multifarious word. It […]


House Hunters

By

I wondered if these novels could cut through it to show me whether there is, in fact, anything suspect about the longing for a house.


The Logic of the Like

By

Whatever its weaknesses, Bourdieu’s highly contestable and partial theory has over time come to describe aspects of our social life with frightening accuracy. This is not because he refined the theory in any notable way; rather, the parts of the social world that best embody it have grown to increasingly structure how we interact.


Sources of Life

By

A false theory of culture is worse than a false theory of the heavens. The planets stick to their orbits no matter what we think, but culture becomes what we believe it is.


 

Correspondence

Life Studies

By

There is something mildly shameful about literary pilgrimages.


 

Literature

Difficult Characters

By

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 issue.


Foreword

By

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 […]


 

Reviews

Hofstadter’s Darker Liberalism

By

If one is looking to revisit Hofstadter expecting to mock the false confidence of some long-lost golden age of liberalism, they ought to be a little disappointed.


Nationtime

By

Popular white narratives, at the time and since, have maintained that there could never be Black unity and that Black power meant anarchy; thus, a mass Black convention that united civil rights leaders and the representatives of Black Power would be impossible.


No One Is Talking About This

By

For Lockwood, poetry happens in the place where the intellect touches sensation, where the thinking brain meets the feeling body.