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From the Journal of Somaesthetics, a special issue on Bodies of Belief and Bodies of Care. How many threats can the FBI evaluate on a daily basis? Former Google employee James Damore on the case for diversity. “I really don’t understand the mindset of liberals sometimes”. What the Olympics can teach us about a better kind of nationalism. Ban the Olympics: They encourage profligate spending and help dictators burnish their prestige — who needs them? Brendan O’Connor on how Rebekah Mercer is full


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Carmen Maria Machado talks to Guernica about short stories, queer identity, and why memoir writing scares her. “With memoir, there is no place to hide; the screen of fiction is gone and it feels really naked, really vulnerable,” she said. “I’m afraid people are going to ask me all kinds of overly personal questions when

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Marriage Reimagined

Laura SmithIt is easy to view the vast and varied landscape of marriage in the present day as a radical departure from a more conservative past. But many of these marriage alternatives—including polyamory, open

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Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2016

Kabul in the summer of 1996 was under siege. A little-known force of young militants had surged north from their base in the south. For months, they had camped just beyond the city limits, raining shells on the capital almost daily. They called themselves religious “

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Mathieu Lindon

The human capacity for love is vast and open, yet the word love is often limited: it’s the feeling between people with shared DNA, or the volatile emotion of romance. Mathieu Lindon has experienced life-altering forms of love that defy these categories.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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Minds of the Immortals: Emily Wilson on translating "The Odyssey"

Ben Shields

“The minds of the immortals rarely change,” old King Nestor tells Telemachus in Book III of The Odyssey, That may be true, but the ways that we experience and imagine those gods change regularly, Since the sixteenth century, dozens of English-language translators have traversed the epics of archaic Hellas, and all of them have returned with their own unique account: Blank verse, couplets, and prose are all available portals into Homer.

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