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Cargo cult intellectual

Alessandra Tanesini (Cardiff): Intellectual Humility as Attitude. Robert Wright on Sam Harris and the myth of perfectly rational thought. Australia’s mistress of the Intellectual Dark Web: Helen Dale introduces Claire Lehmann. David Runciman reviews Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism by Steven Pinker (and more and more). Paul Krugman on intellectuals, politics and bad faith. Brad DeLong on the damnation of the professional Republican policy intellectuals. John Ganz on why


Paper Trail

The New Jim Crow author Michelle Alexander is joining the New York Times Opinion section. In a statement, editorial page editor James Bennet called Alexander “a powerful writer, a fierce advocate for a more just world and a deep believer in open-minded, searching debate over how to achieve it.” America Ferrera is editing an anthology

Syllabi

The Roots of the Alt-right

Mike WendlingDuring the last presidential election cycle, you may have read reports describing the alt-right—a loosely organized group of anti-PC, anti-feminist, race-obsessed online warriors—as a strange, newly

Daily Review

Kudos

Faye has just boarded an airplane when Kudos, the third novel in a trilogy about her middle life, begins. She boarded, after lunch with a billionaire, another airplane at the start of the first novel, Outline. She was reading a spam e-mail from an astrology service predicting “a major transit . . . in [her] sky” when the second, Transit, began. Passenger flight explains these incredible novels.

Interviews

Cheston Knapp

The word essay comes from a French word meaning “to try,” But thinking of an essay as simply an exploratory effort diminishes the form’s deep tradition—one worthy of serious study, With his debut collection, Up Up, Down Down, Cheston Knapp exhibits both a studied mastery of the form and a reverence for its artistry.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

Excerpt

Excess—The Factory

Leslie Kaplan

Below is an excerpt from Leslie Kaplan's 1982 fiction of the French factory revolts. For more on the book, recently released in an English edition (translated by Julie Carr and Jennifer Pap), see Jason E. Smith's review in our special summer issue, 1968 Now.

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