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Omnivore

The world is about to change forever

From NYRB, how you consist of trillions of tiny machines: Tim Flannery reviews Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable by Paul G. Falkowski and A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries About the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth by Peter Ward and Joe Kirschvink. If the world began again, would life as we know it exist?: Experiments in evolution are exploring what would happen if we rewound the tape of life. Richard Dawkins: “This is my vision of ‘life’”. Meghan


Paper Trail

The Booker Prize longlist has just been announced. The New York Times rebuts the New York Review of Books’s rebuttal (by a Times journalist turned day spa owner) of their nail-salon exposé. Amazon—or Relentless, as it was originally to be called—now has plans to reserve a two-hundred-foot slice of airspace for its drones. As migrants cross

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.

Interviews

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.

Excerpt

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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