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Men’s studies

Cliff Leek (Northern Colorado) and Markus Gerke (Giessen): Invisible and Unexamined: The State of Whiteness in Men’s Studies Journals. Terence Burnham (Chapman): Gender, Punishment, and Cooperation: Men Hurt Others to Advance Their Interests. Men can be so hormonal: High levels of testosterone can make them overconfident, even when they’re wrong. This may be the most exhaustive study of manspreading ever conducted. Valerie Dekimpe on creativity, a mating boost for the unattractive male. Monica


Paper Trail

A number of former Village Voice writers have signed an open letter to the paper’s owner, criticizing his attempts to weaken the Voice’s union. Signatories include Hilton Als, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Vivian Gornick, among others. “As writers and journalists, we understand all too well the challenges that face print media today,” they write. “That said, we wish

Syllabi

Civilizations in Crisis: Chinese Speculative Fiction

Darren HuangIn the Chinese literary world, speculative fiction has long been a necessary means of critique and protest against an overbearing regime. Science fiction authors create new (often dystopian) universes

Daily Review

Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America

Now that we’ve been in a “golden era” of television for nearly two decades, it’s fair to ask what could come next. Will the long-promised video-game renaissance ever materialize? It’s possible, but one obstacle is that gaming criticism is still in its infancy. “There is

Interviews

Quinn Latimer

In the pages of her recent chimeric collection, Like A Woman, poet and critic Quinn Latimer offers essays, poems, lists, and missives penned since 2010. The result is a critical memoir interleaved with texts on a pantheon of women artists.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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Moving Kings

Joshua Cohen

Each move had its own logistics, each party to a move its own subterfuges. Because the customers would misrepresent their possessions on the online form, Ruth would have to call and followup: buildings vet prospective tenants, movers vet prospective loads.

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