Eugenic Thinking Today

One of the strengths of this film is its critique of eugenics and eugenic thinking. And once they are adults, those with disabilities have higher rates of poverty and difficulty accessing the resources that are available. Such families may have lower rates of social participation. But the Birch School is not the only one of

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Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry: Joan Murray and Christopher Gilbert

A couple of years before Murray’s newly restored book appeared, Graywolf Press published Turning into Dwelling (2015), a volume of Gilbert’s work prefaced with an essay by Terrance Hayes, which includes, in addition to the entire text of Across the Mutual Landscape, previously ungathered poems entitled Chris Gilbert: An Improvisation (Music of the Striving That

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Himmler’s Antiquity

At the same time, they were determined to see contemporary Egyptians as childish and savage, and argued that the formerly great race must have been degraded by contact with black Africans and Ottomans. In recent years, however, we have seen the danger of our complacency, as the increasing brazenness of the new and very vocal

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California Sons: Miriam Pawel’s “The Browns of California”

Intentionality and focus have served Brown well throughout a five-decade career in politics, and as he wraps up his fourth term in the Governor’s Mansion this January, it’s safe to assume that he has a handle on what he is doing. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chaotic second term created the opportunity for Jerry Brown to sweep back

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Cold War Cold Files

Forgách too decided to embrace the blurriness of the line between family memoir and fiction. There is only so much railing, after all, that you can do against the dead. The result is an unlikely page-turner whose nonlinear narration keeps readers guessing how the protagonists will handle the tempests of 20th-century geopolitics. Nor can it

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Writing Algeria

But what about the rest? Rather, it should be read as part of the social context from which the author arises. While this work will be likely shelved alongside global, translated works, Chroniques could be read as a bedfellow to Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts and Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness: sharp, smart, and searingly felt, demonstrating breathtaking

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A Polish Snow Globe: On Adam Mickiewicz’s “Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania”

Its implication is that, in addition to being tragic, the poet’s death is something to celebrate, since it means that the arrival of the future he has predicted can be postponed, and the all-important longing for that future maintained. In an early scene, for example, a young count, whose foppishness makes him an excellent foil

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In the In-Between: Identity, Place, and Nuance in Anita Felicelli’s “Love Songs for a Lost Continent”

Dystopian fiction, for example, boomed for a while there; before that, there was a plethora of vampire novels; both have, by now, given way to other literary trends, such as autofiction and multigenerational novels. She was almost killed by her first husband who returned from Vietnam with PTSD and only one hand. Sita remembers clearly

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Taking Responsibility: An Interview with Sarah Schulman

And you’re asking people to make moral decisions about how they treat their friends in that context, and it’s impossible, because there’s a trickle-down of corruption. In fact, it reinforces it. Yeah, it’s like when I wrote my novel Shimmer, which is set during McCarthyism, and you’re in this period where the government is so

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Tales of Monstrous Women: “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” and “European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman” by Theodora Goss

How the murders are solved is, of course, important, because one of Goss’s priorities is entertainment. Wells’s The Island of Dr. And, of course, there is Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Justine’s narrative is written in a different voice from that of Catherine Moreau, who in turn sounds different from Beatrice Rappaccini. What could have

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American Idiots, American Killers, and the American Graphic Novel

Strangelove (1964); Hugh Hefner, who closely edited some of Feiffer’s best sex comedies; and Philip Roth, with whom Feiffer entertained small audiences at parties. ¤ A decent summary of the intricate plot of The Ghost Script would require spoilers not only of the book, but of the previous installments in the trilogy. The scene is

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