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Omnivore

League and wonder

Glenn McLaren (Swinburne): The Obesity Crisis and Semiotic Corruption. Thousands of migrants are protesting outside a train station in Hungary, as Europe’s crisis keeps getting worse (and more). What happens to the left when it gains power? Look at Greece’s Syriza party — the choices are purity or pragmatism. Matthew Yglesias on how Donald Trump can win. Does Donald Trump cheat at golf? A Washington Post investigation. Conservatives are now convinced Black Lives Matter is a hate group (and more


Paper Trail

Don DeLillo will receive this year’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. He took the opportunity (via the Associated Press) to offer some career advice to other novelists: “It’s true that some of us become better writers by living long enough. But this is also how we become worse writers. 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

Tell It Slant

“I’ve written a number of essays the past few years,” Dodie Bellamy writes in her new book, When the Sick Rule the World, “and I keep vowing to quit.” We know her essay-quitting hasn’t been going well, not only because we’re reading about it in a Dodie Bellamy

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Ottessa Moshfegh

I first came to know Ottessa Moshfegh's writing through her shrewd, darkly funny stories in the Paris Review, for which she won the Plimpton Prize, Much of her work deals in disgust (see her story "Disgust"), fixation, and the personal horrors we can't look away from.

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East of Intention: Cat, Camera, Music

Carl Wilson

In “Chat écoutant la musique” (“Cat Listening to Music”), a two-minute, fifty-five-second video posted to YouTube on December 21, 2010, a black, white, and gray tabby sprawls across the keyboard of a Yamaha DX7. He sleeps and stirs, seeming to enjoy the pellucid, lapping notes and chords of a piece of piano music playing in the room. We watch the cat’s paws depress the keys soundlessly when he arches and stretches.

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