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The rigging of the American market

Steven A. Ramirez (Loyola): Rodrigo’s Abstraction: Capitalism, Inequality, and Reform Over Time and Space. This Kardashian headline shows why two Nobel winners say the economy is broken: Jeff Guo interviews George Akerlof and Robert Shiller, authors of Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception (and more and more). Danny Dorling reviews Plutocracy in America: How Increasing Inequality Destroys the Middle Class and Exploits the Poor by Ronald P. Formisano. Challenging the


Paper Trail

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet has sent staffers a memo announcing a fairly major overhaul, including cuts in the newsroom and elsewhere: “Simply put, we keep turning things on—greater visual journalism, live news blogs, faster enterprise, podcasting, racing against an ever-growing list of new competitors on an expanding list of stories—without ever turning

Syllabi

Selling Citizenship

Atossa Araxia AbrahamianThe idea of buying citizenship tends to invoke Bond villains or the louche drifters in Graham Greene's novels. But it's also a very real practice that offends nationalists, rankles politicians, and

Daily Review

Confessions (On Intimacy, or Supposing You Understand)

People who write professionally about Mariah Carey are required to note her staggering five-octave range, her fourteen top-ten albums, and her insane number of number-one singles (eighteen and counting). But I’m not here to count or be professional. I’m here to talk about Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009), Mariah’s novel-length album, which is the thing

Interviews

Brian Evenson

"Mormon horror writer with avant-garde leanings" might seem like an improbable description, but Evenson excels at bringing different worlds and genres together, and his gift for making contradictory versions of reality overlap often intensifies his work's creepy effects.

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Jane Smiley: 2015 National Book Festival

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After Gay Marriage

Kate Redburn

When the Supreme Court delivered its ruling in June 2015 confirming marriage equality, it was greeted as an historic civil rights achievement. Over the past several years, mounting marriage victories combined with a cresting wave of trans activism had already pushed legal advocates to think beyond gay marriage, the issue that has absorbed the bulk of the movement’s advocacy, resources, and powers of mass mobilization.

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