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What it means to be

Elizabeth Anderson (Michigan): Social Movements, Experiments in Living, and Moral Progress: Case Studies from Britain’s Abolition of Slavery. From Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Agoston E. Eiben (VU): Grand Challenges for Evolutionary Robotics; and Mel Slater (Barcelona): Grand Challenges in Virtual Environments. Andre Nollkaemper (Amsterdam): Power and Responsibility. Daryl J. Levinson (NYU): Incapacitating the State. Richard L. Lara (Whittier): The Problem of Sovereignty, International Law, and


Paper Trail

  NPR correspondent Margot Adler died on Tuesday at age 68. She had worked as a general-assignment reporter, as New York bureau chief,  and as a political and cultural correspondent, and for nine years was the host of “Justice Talking,” a show about public policy. She identified as pagan. In 1979, she wrote Drawing Down

Syllabi

Weird Sex

Vanessa RovetoThere's good sex and there's bad sex. And then there's weird sex—a Freudian purgatory that somehow neither stimulates the libido nor inhibits it. In art and life, we're inclined to seek out pleasure

Daily Review

A Sentimental Novel

By the time he was elected to the Académie française in 2004, Alain Robbe-Grillet had suffered a cruel fate: He had all the renown he could have hoped for but few readers to show for it. The literary movement he’d launched half a century earlier—the nouveau roman—had

Interviews

William T. Vollmann

William T. Vollmann's latest story collection considers death from a variety of perspectives, veering from realistic to supernatural, from reportage-like writing to the ghost story. Bookforum talks with the author about his new book, his FBI files, his ongoing research of coal mines and the environment, and his female persona, Delores.

Excerpt

An Air of Impoverishment and Depleted Humanity

Amanda Petrusich

In Do Not Sell at Any Price, Amanda Petrusich visits the secretive, insular world of 78rpm collectors. The oldest version of the record, these 10-inch, two-song albums are increasingly hard to track down. Finding a matching turntable is a feat in itself. The scarcity has kept the number of hobbyists small, and their devotion to “the treasure hunt” fanatical. As Petrusich explains, her interest in 78s began as a nostalgic protest

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