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Omnivore

White privilege is a thing

Mark DeYoung (Rice): Dialectic of Enwhitenment: Biopolitics, Auto-Immunity, Religion and Race in the Modern World. Bridget Byrne (Manchester): Rethinking Intersectionality and Whiteness at the Borders of Citizenship. Anoop Mirpuri (Portland State): Racial Violence, Mass Shootings, and the U.S. Neoliberal State. Adam Winkler on how the right to bear arms has mostly been for white people: Gun laws, historically, weren’t colorblind. Alana Semuels on the racist history of Portland, the whitest city


Paper Trail

Vinson Cunningham writes on the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and the century-long “bureaucratic slog” required to make it happen. Founding director Lonnie Bunch has been at work on the project since 2005. His unconventional techniques included Antiques Roadshow–style acquisitions, but his vision for the building might be

Syllabi

Reforming the Racist Criminal Justice System

John MiddletonThroughout the Democratic primaries, police brutality and systematic discrimination in the criminal justice system have become critical campaign issues, due in large part to the unrelenting pressure

Daily Review

Where the Death Penalty Still Lives

As capital punishment declines nationwide, a tiny fraction of the country generates an alarming number of death sentences. What does this new geography say about justice in America?

Interviews

Emma Cline

A month ago, I attended a reading by Emma Cline at BookCourt, in Brooklyn. Cline's debut novel, The Girls, had just come out to breathless reviews, and the event was well attended. Cline, twenty-seven, seemed neither nervous nor overeager to please. Less-is-more is a concept she understands.

Essay

"A Ted Hughes Bestiary" edited by Alice Oswald

David Biespiel

Among the mysteries of the strange animals that appear in A Ted Hughes Bestiary—a compilation edited by poet Alice Oswald of his writing about animals real and invented—is how often these creatures strike me as anything but strange. Taking one of his great plunges into the waterways—those “legendary” depths “deep as England”—he encounters an otter with a “round head like a tomcat,” or a pike with its “sag belly."

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