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Attention, people

Maria Theresia Starzmann (McGill): The Materiality of Forced Labor: An Archaeological Exploration of Punishment in Nazi Germany. Jonathan Kulick and James E. Prieger (Pepperdine) and Mark A.R. Kleiman (NYU): Unintended Consequences of Cigarette Prohibition, Regulation, and Taxation. “I’m no longer afraid”: 35 women tell their stories about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn’t listen. There goes the neighborhood: Rick Perlstein on the Obama library in Chicago. Tara Kadioglu


Paper Trail

For those who like their New York Times corrections as baroque as possible, this piece about Hillary Clinton’s email account (and the phantom “criminal” investigation of her) is a gift. Executive editor Dean Baquet said the slow screw-up here wasn’t staffers’ fault, but Talking Points Memo disagrees. It’s hard to look away from New York

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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