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James Kraska (Virginia): Putting Your Head in the Tiger’s Mouth: Submarine Espionage in the Territorial Sea. Jennifer Taub (Vermont): Is Hobby Lobby a Tool for Limiting Corporate Constitutional Rights? From Boston Review, a forum on effective altruism, including a lead essay by Peter Singer and responses by Daron Acemoglu, Larissa MacFarquhar, Leila Janah, Iason Gabriel, and more. Paul Mason on Yanis Varoufakis, the economist who wouldn’t play politics. Lorcan Roche Kelly on what you need to know


Paper Trail

If you missed the translation of Die Zeit’s interview with Thomas Piketty, the economist and author of last year’s somewhat unlikely blockbuster Capital in the Twenty-First Century, then it looks as if you really have missed it (for now, it has been taken down from Medium for copyright reasons). Piketty accuses Germany of hypocrisy in

Syllabi

The Literature of Obsolescence

Casey Michael HenryWilliam Gaddis, the author perhaps most concerned with the entropic decay of older systems and organizational principles in fiction, famously taught a class at Bard College in 1979 on "The Literature

Daily Review

Modern Romance

Once I went to a party at Aziz Ansari’s house. This was the first and only time I’d been invited to a celebrity party, but I tried to play it cool. I brought two friends and a bottle of decent bourbon. When we walked in the door, I instantly regretted bringing the

Interviews

Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the only serious and literary person I've encountered whose speech is filled with more "you knows" than mine. Unlike mine, perhaps, her verbal tic is not so much a crutch as a helping hand: she'll be saying something fast, brilliant, and thoughtful, and maybe you don't totally get it, but when she says "you know," she allows you to feel as if you do.

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2015 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony

Miscellaneous

"Force Majeure," Karl Ove Knausgaard, and the Disease of Manhood

Dan Duray

Sweden has produced two of the most powerful contemporary renderings of manhood as a disease, as a sickness that contaminates the nuclear family. Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Ostund, addressed the modern family and its masculine saboteurs more directly than any other film last year. And then of course there's My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgaard's epic inventory of one man's failures as a husband and a father.

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