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Shake up academic publishing

George H. Pike (Northwestern): Elsevier Buys SSRN.com: What It Means for Scholarly Publication. Lindsay McKenzie on how browser extension Unpaywall could shake up academic publishing. David Crotty on predatory publishing as a rational response to poorly governed academic incentives. Brooke Erin Duffy (Cornell) and Jefferson D. Pooley (Muhlenberg): “Facebook for Academics”: The Convergence of Self-Branding and Social Media Logic on Academia.edu. Darrin Pratt on why a university press is a good


Paper Trail

For Pride week, the New York Times has assembled a twenty-year timeline of LGBTQ lit. Karen Rinaldi, a senior vice president of Harper Collins and the author of the novel The End of Men, ponders the difference between writing and editing. For years, editing was her profession, something she saw as a service to writers:

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Reading Play

Rennie McDougallWhether or not you consider yourself a gamer, video games have probably found their way into your life. Maybe you spend hours lining up gemstones, hypnotized on your daily commute. Or perhaps you roam

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

On the morning of June 9, 2012, Avtar Singh called 911 in Selma, California, to say that he had killed his family and was about to turn the gun on himself. When the police reached his house, they sent in a robot equipped with a camera. The feed from the robot showed

Interviews

Sunaura Taylor

A few years ago, while Sunaura Taylor was researching her new book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, she came across the story of a fox who was born with the same disability that Taylor has—arthrogryposis, a contracture of the joints.

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The Changeling

Victor LaValle

The basement felt warmer than the garage. Down the Kagwa boys went. The basement sat as one grand open plane. In the far corner stood the boiler—a large white cylinder with a blue control panel, copper pipes running up into the ceiling and a silver tube running outside through the wall. It looked like something from the set of James Whale’s Frankenstein. The boiler rumbled now as if reanimating life.

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