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Omnivore

What you read

Benjamin Means and Eddy Nahmias (Georgia State): Free Will as a Psychological Accomplishment. Erich Hatala Matthes (Wellesley): The Ethics of Historic Preservation. Cedric de Leon on the 50th anniversary of Barrington Moore’s Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. Neil Roberts on freedom and radicalizing the black radical tradition. Maria Konnikova on politics and personality: Most of what you read is malarkey. Soon your city will know everything about you. The woman’s party: Namarah


Paper Trail

President Barack Obama will be the guest-editor of Wired’s November issue, on the subject of “Frontiers.” “When the Founders wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, they were at the bleeding edge of Enlightenment philosophy and technology,” said Wired editor in chief Scott Dadich. “We want to wrestle with the idea of how today’s

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

Problems with our presidential-campaign coverage

So what kind of book will emerge from the 2016 presidential campaign? For more than a year now, I've been saying a secular metaphysical cleric from deep in South America—Borges, say, or Julio Cortázar—should compose it.

Interviews

Jesmyn Ward

James Baldwin's 1963 work, The Fire Next Time, with its forward-glancing title, was the call; The Fire This Time, a collection of essays and poems edited by Jesmyn Ward, is the response. Featuring the work of contemporary, mostly black writers, it finds a way to touch on many subjects.

Roundtable

The Art of Advice-Giving

Lidija Haas

Advice is so much more enjoyable to give than it is to receive that its long flourishing as a genre—from the conduct books and periodicals of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the current plethora of columns, livechats, and podcasts—could seem mysterious. Of course, watching other people being told what to do might be the most fun of all, which surely helps account for the enduring appeal of the advice column.

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