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From the inaugural issue of International Advances in Heroism Science, Scott T. Allison (Richmond): The Initiation of Heroism Science. Frank Pasquale and Siva Vaidhyanathan on Uber and the lawlessness of “sharing economy” corporates: Companies including Airbnb and Google compare themselves to civil rights heroes, while using their popularity among consumers to nullify federal law. The Outlaw Ocean: In this series on lawlessness on the high seas, Ian Urbina reveals that crime and violence in


Paper Trail

Political cartoonist and author Ted Rall—who has written books about Afghanistan and Edward Snowden—has announced on his blog that he has been fired by the Los Angeles Times, where he has been a regular contributor since 2009. The reason for the firing, says editorial-page editor Nicholas Goldberg, is a cartoon that Rall published in the

Syllabi

Feminism, Dominance, and Submission

Catherine ScottIt can seem a tall order to find literature about BDSM (Bondage and Discipline, Domination and Submission, Sadomasochism) that is both erotic and cerebral, and that can depict a woman playing the

Daily Review

Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising

At least in the US, the very duration of the conflict in Syria, currently in its fifth year, has somehow allowed it to slip from the front page, even as the humanitarian crisis worsens—as I write this, it is estimated that four million refugees have fled the country, and more than seven million are internally displaced.

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Jessica Hopper

In 2003, Jessica Hopper, who had been writing about music since she was in ninth grade in the early 1990s, published her first longform essay, "Emo: Where the Girls Aren't," in Punk Planet, This landmark piece confronted the emo scene's inherent sexism, and established Hopper as one of the nation's foremost feminist music critics, Since then, she has written hundreds of pieces—on her blog and for an array of magazines, tackling everything from intimate musician profiles to deeply reported features on rock in advertising.

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Kazuo Ishiguro | March 17, 2015 | Appel Salon

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Not Writing

Anne Boyer

I am not writing a scandalous memoir. I am not writing a pathetic memoir. I am not writing a memoir about poetry or love. I am not writing a memoir about poverty, debt collection, or bankruptcy. I am not writing about family court. I am not writing a memoir because memoirs are for property owners and not writing a memoir about prohibitions of memoirs.

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