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Omnivore

Drones are here

Bradan T. Thomas (Houston): Autonomous Weapon Systems: The Anatomy of Autonomy and the Legality of Lethality. Harry van der Linden (Butler): Drone Warfare and Just War Theory. Jai Galliott (UNSW): Military Robots: Mapping the Moral Landscape. Rosa Brooks on write in defense of killer robots: Hold on there, technophobe hippies — when it comes to “doing no harm”, robots are a hell of a lot better than humans. Ryan J. Vogel (Chicago-Kent): Ending the “Drone War” or Expanding It? Assessing the Legal


Paper Trail

As the death toll rises for people seeking refuge in Europe, Steidl has published the last book by Günter Grass, who died in April: The book contains an exhortation to his fellow Germans to display greater compassion towards refugees. “Why change a winning team?” asked Eula Biss’s literary agent, after they turned down a six-figure offer from a

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

Purity

When I was asked to review Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, Purity, I happened to be in the middle of Timothy Aubry’s Reading as Therapy: What Contemporary Fiction Does for Middle-Class Americans (2011). Aubry argues that middle-class readers “choose books that will offer

Interviews

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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