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A host of intriguing questions

The inaugural issue of Global Education Review is out. Amanda Jager (McGill): Educating for Autonomy: A Case for the Broader Acceptance of Homeschooling within Liberal Democratic Societies. Omar Guerrero-Orozco (UNAM): Methodology in Public Administration. Has higher education recreated the conditions that led to sophistry's rise? In ancient Athens, reviews could make tutors' reputations and there was fierce competition between educators — sound familiar? Arguably one of the most extraordinary


Paper Trail

In a letter on Tuesday, Amazon said they would give Hachette authors 100 percent of profits of e-book sales. Hachette said to accept the offer would be “suicide.” Amazon said it would be no such thing. But the online retailer, which has been trying to extract better terms on e-book sales from Hachette for months, has

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Weird Sex

Vanessa RovetoThere's good sex and there's bad sex. And then there's weird sex—a Freudian purgatory that somehow neither stimulates the libido nor inhibits it. In art and life, we're inclined to seek out pleasure

Daily Review

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book

It is both reassuring and unnerving to recall the Cold War as conducted with books rather than tanks. Both the CIA and the KGB implicitly endorsed Maxim Gorky's proclamation that "books are the most important and most powerful weapons in socialist culture."

Interviews

Thomas Beller

J.D. Salinger spent nearly the last sixty years of his life as a recluse, attempting to outrun the fame brought by his celebrated first novel, The Catcher in the Rye. In Thomas Beller's new biography, J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist, Salinger's life appears as a triptych, in which the entire last half of Salinger's life—but only one story, "Hapworth 16, 1924"—is relegated to the final panel.

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Chuck Close and Terrie Sultan

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F for Fake

Brian Dillon

What exactly do we mean when we call an artist or writer a charlatan? What manner of truth is in question? Assuredly, an artistic or literary charlatan is not merely a fraud, a forger, or an impostor. Such quasi-criminal categories have their own clear-cut logic: The perpetrator either is or isn't what he purports to be. But an accusation of charlatanry points to something far more fundamental than a simple waywardness with the facts.

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