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Varieties of faith

From PUP, the introduction to American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present by Philip Gorski. Pericles Lewis reviews Supernatural Entertainments: Victorian Spiritualism and the Rise of Modern Media Culture by Simone Natale. Christopher Evans on why you should know about the New Thought movement. Phil Zuckerman reviews Village Atheists: How America's Unbelievers Made Their Way in a Godly Nation by Leigh Eric Schmidt. The sage of Yale Law: Anthony Kronman was a


Paper Trail

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric has won the 2016 Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The $10,000 prize will be awarded to Rankine at a ceremony in April. At Artforum, Lauren O’Neill-Butler talks to the author about the Racial Imaginary Institute, which Rankine founded after winning her MacArthur “genius” grant last year. The institute is

Syllabi

End of an Era

Emmett RensinThe era of Obama is over. Now the majority of Americans may see it clearly for the first time. Over the past eight years, it has become apparent that President Obama's presence in office was a distortion.

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Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus

Melissa Goldbach accused her child's father of having sexually assaulted her during their custody handoff in a Wisconsin parking lot in 2011. When confronted with security footage of events different from those she described, she conceded that the sex had been consensual.

Interviews

Melissa Febos

In the early essays of Melissa Febos's Abandon Me, we watch her build a relationship with a bedazzling lover as she mines her past for the stories that made her the person she is—from an exploration of hickeys to a taxonomy of the gifts she receives from her lover, which are "beautiful and a little gruesome."

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Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father

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The Walk

Deb Olin Unferth

The idea was to go for a walk: the baby in a stroller, the child by the hand, the path straight and scenic, the weather warm and breezy, the family fine and in good humor,But the dog got too hot and lay panting on the ground, and they'd forgotten again to bring the water. The baby (Kryptonite, they called her) was in one of her moods, weeping on and off, refusing to sit in the stroller, tugging off her hat and throwing it into the dirt, so that they had to stop every few yards,

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