Robert J. Bonk (Widener): Medicine as an Absurdist Quest in Albert Camus’ The Plague. J. Jackson Barlow (Juniata): Cui Malo? Fraud and Politics in the Wizard of Oz. A review of Barry Lynn's Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction. Homoerotic comics for women (and sometimes men): A review of Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre. Atlas Obscura visits the Osmotheque, a perfume museum and library. Chuck Baldwin on dates that destroyed America. From Psychology Today, Jeff Wise on the sad science of hipsterism: The psychology of indie bands, PBR and weird facial hair. A review of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class by Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson. An excerpt from Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought by Richard B. Miller. Ass dialing is the fastest spreading epidemic of the 21st century. A review of Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister (and more). Parul Sehgal reviews How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior by Laura Kipnis (and more and more). While Democrats nationwide kowtow to the anti-tax crowd, Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy shows progressive taxation can be a winning issue. Narrative and personal good: We can see why our storytelling would be especially important in the face of failure, while contributing to our welfare across the range of more or less successful lives we might find ourselves living.

Advertisement