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Albert Atkin (Macquarie): Race, Racism, and Social Policy. West Virginia teachers are on strike again — here’s why. Winthrop’s “city” was exceptional, not exceptionalist: Jim Sleeper reviews As a City on a Hill: The Story of America’s Most Famous Lay Sermon by Daniel T. Rodgers. “Ousted” from academe, Steven Salaita says he’s driving a school bus to make ends meet. A man who is too weak occupies an office that is too strong. Is the insect apocalypse really upon us? Paul Krugman on paying for a


Paper Trail

New York Times Magazine staff writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner has sold a new book. “A family story of wealth and class and inheritance and dubious paternity,” Long Island Compromise was bought by Random House and does not yet have a publication date. “Gizmodo’s track record of skewering owners is scaring away bidders,” the New York Post

Syllabi

Love Letters

I’m not the first, and certainly won’t be the last, person to unhelpfully ask, “Why doesn’t anyone write letters anymore?” Some of the best and most interesting writing has been done for an audience

Daily Review

The return of Andrea Dworkin’s radical vision

Even before her death from myocarditis in 2005, Andrea Dworkin was more read about than read. She had become less a public thinker than a symbol, an embodiment of feminism’s missteps and excesses. The right parodied her with the viciousness reserved for misogyny, mocking her overalls, frizzy hair, and excess weight. The left aggressively disavowed her, with other feminists going out of their way to contrast her opinions with their own.

Interviews

Sam Lipsyte

Anyone familiar with Sam Lipsyte's work knows to expect somersaults of sentences, language twisted line after line into laugh-inducing poses. In his new novel, Hark, those poses have names: “Ithaka, Persian Rain, Moonlight Diana Number Three, Wheel of Tartars.” But this isn't pilates—it’s a form of self-actualization called “mental archery,” propagated by a man named Hark Morner.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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Greg Grandin

With his eye on the longer game, Ronald Reagan hedged against the nativists then filling Republican ranks. Even as his administration was carrying out workplace raids that critics were comparing to Operation Wetback in the 1950s, he bet the party’s fortunes on courting the Latino vote. “Hispanics are Republicans,” Reagan once said, on the idea that they were inherently conservative, “they just don’t know it."

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