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Omnivore

That's a known unknown

Cioara Ionel (Oradea): Love and Utopia. Annette Ruth Appell (WUSTL): Certifying Identity (“Certifying Identity centers the birth certificate and its role in the modern state, not merely as a reporter and portable record of having been born, but also as a powerful creator, regulator, and arbiter of identity and belonging, including sex, gender, race, age, production, reproduction, and kinship”.) Your brain is over the hill by age 24: If you're older than that, you have already squandered your


Paper Trail

Jim Romenesko reports that investigative reporter Chris Hamby has left CPI to work for Buzzfeed—only two days after winning a Pulitzer prize. “I’m thrilled to be joining a powerhouse team that will combine the time-honored rigors of investigative journalism with the creativity, technological prowess and reach of BuzzFeed,” Hamby says. In related news, ABC has

Syllabi

Great Book/Great Movie

Willie OsterweilWhat does it mean for a movie adaptation to be "true to the book"? Many movies based on novels unimaginatively transcribe plot and dialogue, as if the difference between literature and cinema were

Daily Review

Heather Havrilesky on Alain de Botton's news cycle

Recently, my daughter asked me to rewind the car radio so we could hear a song again. I was forced to explain the rudimentary technology known as broadcast, which doesn’t obey your commands so much as spray out an ignorant blast of waves in every direction. Her confusion

Interviews

Arundhati Roy

"Capitalism: A Ghost Story," Arundhati Roy's most recent book, describes in impassioned detail the consequences of India's economic and political choices over the past few decades. A few Indians have benefited; many, many more have suffered. In late March, Roy spoke with Siddhartha Deb about the increasing wealth divide, the expectations of the "brash new middle class," the impending elections, and the Naxalite protests in the forest.

Excerpt

"Coming Down Again: After the Age of Excess"

Ellen Willis

Here, in an essay originally published in 1989 in the Village Voice and reprinted in the new book The Essential Ellen Willis, Willis dwells on feminism, the concept of excess (sex and drugs), abstinence, gay rights, parenthood, and AIDS. Willis often finds her stride in complexity, and in this piece she intricately examines and interrogates the notions of freedom she holds dear.

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