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Save the university

Confronting the corporate university: From Cold War federalization to financialized higher education. Inequality University: Ivy League universities fuel social inequality at the same time public colleges are cut to the bone — they deserve to be dismantled. Who can save the university? Joshua Clover reviews The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them by Christopher Newfield. It’s time we come to grips with the uncomfortable truth that many of the desires and


Paper Trail

Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books is publishing a new memoir by a former White House writer for Barack Obama. Pat Cunnane’s West Winging It: An Unpresidential Memoir will be published in June 2018 and has already been optioned for television. Slate’s Jessica Winter has been hired as the New Yorker’s website executive editor. Other

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Reading Play

Rennie McDougallWhether or not you consider yourself a gamer, video games have probably found their way into your life. Maybe you spend hours lining up gemstones, hypnotized on your daily commute. Or perhaps you roam

Daily Review

Fire Island of the Mind

IN THE FIRST EPISODE OF Fire Island, Logo TV’s latest burlesque of the evacuated gay male experience, Brandon and Cheyenne buddy up at the Sip-n-Twirl. They drink tequila sodas, margaritas, vodka sodas. They symphonize with the royalty-free music. It’s a perfect night,

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Sunaura Taylor

A few years ago, while Sunaura Taylor was researching her new book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, she came across the story of a fox who was born with the same disability that Taylor has—arthrogryposis, a contracture of the joints.

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The Changeling

Victor LaValle

The basement felt warmer than the garage. Down the Kagwa boys went. The basement sat as one grand open plane. In the far corner stood the boiler—a large white cylinder with a blue control panel, copper pipes running up into the ceiling and a silver tube running outside through the wall. It looked like something from the set of James Whale’s Frankenstein. The boiler rumbled now as if reanimating life.

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