Shoptalk: Overheard At MLA

By Mary Zaborskis

Literary scholars say the darndest things, and their comments at this year’s annual Modern Language Association convention in Philadelphia proved no exception to …

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Who Can Save the University?

By Joshua Clover

That the public university has followed a disastrous trajectory for roughly four decades is a matter of broad agreement. In The Great Mistake, Christopher ...

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By Mary Zaborskis

“When you just send me a text full of emojis, it is so easy to dismiss you … A panda next to a gun next to a wrapped gift? It makes no sense!” So Ray admonishes Shoshanna’s use of emojis in the ...

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Your Prius Is Not Enough

By Max Holleran

Many of those who voted for Donald Trump were elated by his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. For Trump supporters, environmentalism is a dirty word, and like other policies designed to ...

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Keyword of the Week: Summer

Benidorm After Brexit and the “Burbuja”

By Max Holleran & Sam Holleran

In the early 1950s, Mayor Pedro Zaragoza left Benidorm, the sleepy coastal town he governed, to make the 300-mile trip to Madrid by Vespa. He had an audience with General Franco ...

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Walking the Venetian: Miami, FL

By Jane Alison

To get to Publix for supplies, walk east on the pink sidewalk of Venetian Way, which links five man-made islands between Miami and Miami Beach. Biscayne Bay glitters green ...

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The Bonds of the Sea

By Henri Borius & Margaret Cohen

What do war journalism and surfing have in common? On the face of it, not much: surfing is a frivolous pastime and war reporting a humanitarian endeavor to shine a light on violent conflict in ways ...

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