The World Is Not Enough

In The German Ideology, Marx and Engels deliberate on the communist utopia, in which “it [is] possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner…” Instead of a society where automation has freed workers from the

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When Fear Goes Pop: An Interview with Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel on “Fear Icons”

Can you talk a little about that? KISHA LEWELLYN SCHLEGEL: That question was really helpful in orienting me to understand what I wanted to do for the whole collection. Really in “Darth Vader” he is taking on some of those qualities in our culture that were initiating for me as a source of fear. Liberace

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AWP on the Brink

But their assertions were false. The labor of my co-workers at AWP continues to be exceptional, and they deserve support, but the board has put the organization on a very dangerous path. Fenza made difficult staff changes in 2011, for example, setting the stage for improvements to the conference, including a significant growth in its

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The Emperor and the Empty Tomb: An Ancient Inscription, an Eccentric Scholar, and the Human Need to Touch the Past

One commemorates the head priest of a synagogue, bearing the Greek name Theodotus. Thus our incertitude concerning the origins of the Nazareth inscription is a loss. A dedicatory inscription from the city of Caesarea on the Judean coast presents evidence of Pilate’s tenure in the province. ¤ In the Louvre, there is a famous bronze

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The Most Powerful Person in Hollywood Without a Studio

Dealing with a lifetime of difficult experiences, both personal and professional, Kennedy would commit suicide in 1991. continued to glean information from his father’s trusted secretary, George Kennedy, who had helped his boss incinerate a majority of papers and records from The Hollywood Reporter offices. Though most power players in Hollywood did not subscribe to

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Fraught with Peril: On Lucia Berlin’s “Evening in Paradise” and “Welcome Home”

In “Andado,” for instance, 14-year-old Laura visits the estate of wealthy family friends in Chile, where she finds herself in a growing mutual infatuation with the father while facing the family’s incessant attempts to cast her as fragile and subservient. Never the less, as a supplemental reference, Welcome Home is a fun and sometimes bombastic

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Finish Him

(There’s footage of him saying as much in 1966. They didn’t. In between, we have Video Gorillas, where that evolution finds its source and destination. A crazyquilt of different stocks, sound sources, and levels of craft, the assemblage is fun and assaultive, giving dozens of speaking characters the chance to break the fourth wall, giving

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Finding the Tune

The woodwinds were joined by the pluck of pizzicato strings to sound a similar idea. I don’t remember whether his roommates were home that day. They seemed to pass ideas from one to another, and soon I realized there was but one idea at the center of those sounds, one idea with just as much

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Excitingly Bizarre and Complicatedly Magical

While admitting that he still struggles “not to drift toward meaninglessness, depression, [and] disempowering forms of resignation,” Lin defends his own consumption of mind-expanding drugs as a lens through which to see the world as “awe-inspiring and excitingly bizarre and complicatedly magical.” Still recovering from destructive drug use in his 20s, a theme treated in

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American Inequality and the Politics of Change

Unemployment is historically low, and real estate prices have skyrocketed. Giridharadas weaves this topic throughout the book and considers the consequences of the widespread belief that consulting and finance provide training for being effective in other industries. The contradiction, as he indicates, is that many companies providing commendable services often benefit from the very problems

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Centering the Margins: A Conversation with Patrisse Cullors

Centering the Margins: A Conversation with Patrisse Cullors By LARB AV –  November 9, 2018 In conversation at the finale of the Lambda LitFest in October, Patrisse Cullors, author of When They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir, speaks to host Eric Newman about her activism, the philosophy that undergirds #BlackLivesMatter and how queer writers

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Arguing in Love

Marriage itself was a goal for at least some activists as early as 1963, when ONE magazine ran a cover story advocating “homophile marriage.” In 1970, two men challenged Minnesota’s marriage law in a case that eventually reached the Supreme Court, which dismissed the suit. NOVEMBER 9, 2018 WHILE TEACHING A COURSE in LGBT history

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Exerting Control Over Chaos: An Interview With Karen E. Bender

There’s a kind of willful blindness that’s prevalent in the culture. We can pretend not to be Jews. Yes, for me a story is a way to try to figure out some kind of unrest. It’s also about skepticism, though, and the contrast between Judaism and the evangelical Christianity of the story’s missionary school, which

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Fire, Books, and Memories: On Susan Orlean’s “The Library Book”

Comprised of 32 short chapters, Orlean’s book parallels how memory works: chapters are brief, associative, and disorderly, yet not without specific details. The stories in the world are recorded in the hope that someone else will read them sometime in the indefinite future, in the hope that memory can persist a little longer, a memory

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