Durham and the Art of Cool

By Sam Stephenson & Ivan Weiss

May 2016 in downtown Durham, North Carolina, was marked by two weekend music festivals, the Art of Cool and Moogfest, which were presented in the ...

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Poetry in Times of Crisis

By Seth Perlow

Even on a college campus, you rarely spot a poem out in the open. When you do, it’s often a sign that something terrible has happened. In the days after the 2016 presidential election, I came across ...

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Jane Austen Meets Sci-Fi

By Kathleen Gilles Seidel

After two hundred years of being known as a genius, Jane Austen is now a brand, a marketing phenomenon. According to Wikipedia—so this is more universally acknowledged than necessarily true—in 2015 ...

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Kafka Transformed

By Saskia Elizabeth Ziolkowski

Franz Kafka’s Gregor Samsa has undergone numerous metamorphoses in English: into “a gigantic insect,” “a monstrous vermin,” “a monstrous cockroach,” “some sort of monstrous insect,” and “a monstrous bug” ...

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Virtual Roundtable on “Future Sex”

By Sarah Brouillette, Margaux Cowden, Ayden LeRoux, Alicia Christoff, Amber Jamilla Musser, Tanya Agathocleous, & Emily Witt

On Emily Witt’s smart and sometimes menacing study of 21st-century intimacy.

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Public Bookshelf

Keyword of the Week: Hunger

Famine Fiction

By Jeremy Brown

Betraying friends. Trading sex for food. Devouring human flesh. All of these occurred during the famine that followed China’s Great Leap Forward (1958–1961), and all of them ...

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Changing Climates of History

By J. R. McNeill

Neither Thucydides, Gibbon, von Ranke, nor Braudel ever cited a paper appearing in Geophysical Research Letters. They did not worry themselves about fluctuations in the Siberian High or the Southern ...

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