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Time to be

Sally F. Goldfarb (Rutgers): Who Pays for the “Boomerang Generation”? Katharina Thalmann (Freiburg): “John Birch Blues”: The Problematization of Conspiracy Theory in the Early Cold-War Era. Tomohiro Ishizu and Semir Zeki (Wellcome): A Neurobiological Enquiry into the Origins of Our Experience of the Sublime and Beautiful. Elizabeth Brake (Arizona State): Recognizing Care: The Case for Friendship and Polyamory. Adam Higginbotham on the unbelievable skepticism of the Amazing Randi. The poison-the-well


Paper Trail

Yesterday ABC’s George Stephanopoulos conducted the first interview with Darren Wilson, the cop who killed Michael Brown. Wilson told Stephanopoulos that he “would not do anything differently that day”; that he was just “doing his job,” and that he has a “clean conscience.” Wilson may, God forbid, be reporting his feelings honestly, but he can’t possibly

Syllabi

Andre Dubus's best characters

Bibi DeitzAndre Dubus's literary superpower is to hit upon that one thing about a character that makes him him, or her her. And in so doing, with subtle, clever details—breadcrumbs on the trail to the nucleus

Daily Review

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

The Saint Louis County grand jury’s decision not to issue an indictment of police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown was at once appalling and entirely predictable. Grand juries usually defer to the will of the prosecutors who marshal the

Interviews

Dodie Bellamy

Dodie Bellamy's most recent book, The TV Sutras, is a personal meditation on religious experience, as well as what it means to be a teacher and to be taught.

Excerpt

A Store of Half-Knowledge

Charles D'Ambrosio

The essay, at its best, is a genre shaped by the character of its author. Charles D’Ambrosio describes it as “a forum for self-doubt.” The author’s irresolution runs throughout Loitering, his new collection. “We are more intimately bound to one another by our kindred doubts than our brave conclusions,” he notes. By communicating uncertainty, D’Ambrosio eases its isolation.

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