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Ethics is hard

The inaugural issue of De Ethica: A Journal of Philosophical, Theological and Applied Ethics is out. Michael Robinson (FSU): Moral Responsibility and Its Alternatives. Kai Spiekermann (LSE): Small Impacts and Imperceptible Effects: Causing Harm With Others. Mark Kelman and Tamar Admati Kreps (Stanford): Which Losses Do We Impose on Some to Benefit Others? Matthew H. Kramer (Cambridge): Moral Conflicts, the “Ought”-Implies-“Can” Principle, and Moral Demandingness. J. David Velleman (NYU): Morality


Paper Trail

New York Magazine has a timeline describing Rolling Stone’s handling of the University of Virginia rape story. Most recently, Rolling Stone has asked the Columbia University journalism school to independently review the editorial process behind the article. The magazine will publish the report once it’s concluded. The Columbia Journalism Review looks back at the past year’s worst mistakes

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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

Songs of S.

Poets have long inhabited personas and channeled voices. As Frank Bidart suggests in his poem "Advice to the Players," artists, particularly poets, take on the roles of others to create a "mirror in which we see ourselves."

Interviews

Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum published her first collection of essays, My Misspent Youth (2001), to wide praise. In the title essay, Daum described living in Manhattan as a writer in her mid-twenties, and the difficulty of discerning truth from fantasy in a city that lends itself to easy mythologizing.

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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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