Focus Groups and Voting Booths

By Sarah E. Igo

What can we know of our fellow citizens? The question is at root philosophical or epistemological. In the peculiar climate fostered by the Trump regime, however ...

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Public Picks 2018

By The Editorial Staff

Each year around this time we send our readers into summer with a thoughtfully curated list of the titles that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us most over the past 12 months. For this, the sixth ...

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Frederick Douglass Is No Libertarian

By Maurice S. Lee

It’s the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth, and some on the right have been crashing the party. To mark the start of last year’s African American ...

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Ondaatje’s Long War

By Tara K. Menon

In a scathing review of The English Patient, Hilary Mantel called Michael Ondaatje’s most feted work “uneven, unresolved, unsatisfactory.” Her criticism has since become a regular complaint about the ...

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The Polyphonic Gospel

By Lucas Kwong

At one point in Umberto Eco’s novel Foucault’s Pendulum the narrator speculates about how the Gospels came to be written: “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are a bunch of practical jokers who meet ...

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Public Bookshelf

Keyword of the Week: Animal Studies

The Great LOLCat Massacre

By Elyse Graham

Recently, for work, I read through 10 years’ worth of the New York Times best-seller list and noticed a strange phenomenon. Since December 17 ...

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Animal Feelings

By Albert Wu & Michelle Kuo

We read stories of how, after losing their companions, dogs and bunnies refuse to eat; ducks and horses exhibit nervousness and social anxiety; dolphins strand themselves ...

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Reading to Children to Save Ourselves

By Daegan Miller

My youngest son’s favorite book, this month, is called Little Blue Truck. If you read as much children’s literature as I do, you are well acquainted with the book’s ...

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What Is It Like to Be an Elephant?

By Matt Margini

Why did Harambe become a meme? In a post-election landscape that demands we acknowledge Internet trolling as a practice with world-historical consequences ...

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