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Omnivore

Great paradox

From Constructivist Foundations (registration required), Edith K. Ackermann (MIT): Amusement, Delight, and Whimsy: Humor Has Its Reasons that Reason Cannot Ignore (and responses by Vincent Kenny, Theo Hug, and Anna Chronaki and Chronis Kynigos, and a reply by Ackermann). Roy Edroso on conservatives and the dark art of comedy. David Weigel on “cuckservative”, the conservative insult of the month. Carlos Lozada just binge-read eight books by Donald Trump — here’s what he learned. Interview with


Paper Trail

Emergency staff take over at Gawker: Leah Beckman steps up as editor-in-chief, Hamilton Nolan steps in as her deputy, and John Cook has agreed (apparently after some hesitation) to be the new executive editor. The International Business Times got hold of Cook’s reassuring memo to the troops: “I’m not going to blow smoke up anyone’s

Syllabi

Feminism, Dominance, and Submission

Catherine ScottIt can seem a tall order to find literature about BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadomasochism) that is both erotic and cerebral, and that can depict a woman playing the

Daily Review

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

Bartlett's investigations take him to the Hidden Wiki (an index of illicit websites that are accessible only on a Tor browser), where he finds, in two mouse clicks, a link to a child pornography site. He visits dark net markets, where he purchases marijuana (the customer service, he reports, is excellent).

Interviews

Jessica Hopper

In 2003, Jessica Hopper, who had been writing about music since she was in ninth grade in the early 1990s, published her first longform essay, "Emo: Where the Girls Aren't," in Punk Planet, This landmark piece confronted the emo scene's inherent sexism, and established Hopper as one of the nation's foremost feminist music critics, Since then, she has written hundreds of pieces—on her blog and for an array of magazines, tackling everything from intimate musician profiles to deeply reported features on rock in advertising.

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Not Writing

Anne Boyer

I am not writing a scandalous memoir. I am not writing a pathetic memoir. I am not writing a memoir about poetry or love. I am not writing a memoir about poverty, debt collection, or bankruptcy. I am not writing about family court. I am not writing a memoir because memoirs are for property owners and not writing a memoir about prohibitions of memoirs.

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