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Archive: 2008

Obama’s Jews

Last May, as he claimed the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama was ahead among Jewish voters 2 to 1. Yet, according to cable-and-blog wisdom, that was a serious problem for him.…

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Findings

Researchers suggested that homosexuality in men may be an evolutionary advantage if it is caused by a set of “feminizing” genes and if men who carry sub-critical numbers of these…

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Congenial Disorder

Why should we look for comfort in poetry?

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Books and Circuses

The politics of literary scapegoating

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New books

Fire, water, gas, heat, dust, negligence, ignorance, malice, collectors, book sellers, book worms, insects, children, and servants”—these, according to William Blades in Enemies of Books (1880), are the agents most…

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Willows Village

I needed the favor because I wasn’t doing well and I’d ran out of places to stay and mostly money. I didn’t really like it that my Aunt Maggy would know…

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Radiant Poison

Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and the end of the Jew as metaphor

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Human Quicksand

For the U.S. Army, a Crash Course in Cultural Studies

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Through the Open Door

Searching for deadly toys in China???s Pearl River Delta

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Tyranny of the Test

One year as a Kaplan coach in the public schools

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On the Economy of the Dead

From Left Curve: No. 31. Berger’s most recent work of fiction, From A to X, is out this month from Verso. His “Portrait of a Masked Man” appeared in the…

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God Does Play Dice

From cards used in the board game Vatican: Unlock the Secrets of How Men Become Pope, created by Stephen Haliczer, a professor at Northern Illinois University. The game, which purports…

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Paper Pushkin

From two 1824 letters by Aleksandr Pushkin to Aleksandr Kaznacheev. The first is in response to an assignment to investigate the extermination of locusts that Pushkin refused to undertake; the…

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Teen Beat

From a February 2003 video recording of an interrogation by Canadian officials of Omar Khadr, a Canadian national accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan and currently held at…

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Inhuman Resources

From the minutes of a Counter Resistance Strategy Meeting, held October 2, 2002, at Guantánamo Bay. The minutes, which paraphrase comments and questions from the meeting, were released June 17…

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Many People Have Done Worse

From a video recording of a July meeting in London between Stephen Payne and Yerzhan Dosmukhamedov. Payne is president of the lobbying firm Worldwide Strategic Partners. Dosmukhamedov, a.k.a. Eric Dos,…

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The Naughts

This essay appears as the introduction to Submersion Journalism: Reporting in the Radical First Person from Harper’s Magazine, to be published this month by the New Press. Hodge is the…

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