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Incarceration as political philosophy

Jeffrey Ian Ross (Baltimore): Varieties of Prison Voyeurism: An Analytic/Interpretive Framework. Political scientist Jeff Smith spent a year in prison — here’s what he learned. Alex Lichtenstein on mass incarceration has become the new welfare: America’s criminal-justice system has, in its failures, given way to policy that works against a disproportionate number of African Americans. Prisons in America: Sean Beaudoin and Meg Worden on incarceration as political philosophy. One chart that puts


Paper Trail

In an interview with Bill Maher on Friday, author Gloria Steinem, who is pro–Hillary Clinton, implied that women who support Bernie Sanders are just trying to meet men. “When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.’” But after a group of Sanders supporters started an online petition requesting that

Syllabi

Selling Citizenship

Atossa Araxia AbrahamianThe idea of buying citizenship tends to invoke Bond villains or the louche drifters in Graham Greene's novels. But it's also a very real practice that offends nationalists, rankles politicians, and

Daily Review

Confessions (On Intimacy, or Supposing You Understand)

People who write professionally about Mariah Carey are required to note her staggering five-octave range, her fourteen top-ten albums, and her insane number of number-one singles (eighteen and counting). But I’m not here to count or be professional. I’m here to talk about Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009), Mariah’s novel-length album, which is the thing

Interviews

Brian Evenson

"Mormon horror writer with avant-garde leanings" might seem like an improbable description, but Evenson excels at bringing different worlds and genres together, and his gift for making contradictory versions of reality overlap often intensifies his work's creepy effects.

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Poet Peg Boyers reads several new poems (2015)

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After Gay Marriage

Kate Redburn

When the Supreme Court delivered its ruling in June 2015 confirming marriage equality, it was greeted as an historic civil rights achievement. Over the past several years, mounting marriage victories combined with a cresting wave of trans activism had already pushed legal advocates to think beyond gay marriage, the issue that has absorbed the bulk of the movement’s advocacy, resources, and powers of mass mobilization.

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