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In the classroom

From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, Mark Carver (Cumbria): Edgy Humour in the Classroom: A Case Study of Risks and Rewards. Earle F. Zeigler (Western): Poor, Old “Physical Education”. Brian Culp (IUPUI): The Ever-Changing Nature of Physical Education in the United States. Should we teach Plato in gym class? Mark Edmundson wonders. Feminists killed Home Ec. — now they should bring it back for boys and girls. The idea of high-school home-economics


Paper Trail

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that it is creating a new annual award, the Nora Ephron Prize. The prize will be given to “a woman writer or director with a distinctive voice who embodies the spirit and vision of the legendary filmmaker and writer.” Ephron, who wrote the screenplay and directed Sleepless in Seattle, among

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Andre Dubus's best characters

Bibi DeitzAndre Dubus's literary superpower is to hit upon that one thing about a character that makes him him, or her her. And in so doing, with subtle, clever details—breadcrumbs on the trail to the nucleus

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Countdown to Zero Day

In Countdown to Zero Day Kim Zetter argues that our physical world is increasingly vulnerable to digital sabotage. Her vision of the future—which features computer viruses that can bring machinery and entire systems to a standstill—is hair-raising and, in light of the Sony hacks, increasingly relevant.

Interviews

Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum published her first collection of essays, My Misspent Youth (2001), to wide praise. In the title essay, Daum described living in Manhattan as a writer in her mid-twenties, and the difficulty of discerning truth from fantasy in a city that lends itself to easy mythologizing.

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Gabriella Coleman, Astra Taylor and Molly Crabapple on Anonymous

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A Store of Half-Knowledge

Charles D'Ambrosio

The essay, at its best, is a genre shaped by the character of its author. Charles D’Ambrosio describes it as “a forum for self-doubt.” The author’s irresolution runs throughout Loitering, his new collection. “We are more intimately bound to one another by our kindred doubts than our brave conclusions,” he notes. By communicating uncertainty, D’Ambrosio eases its isolation.

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