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Called into question

Rocco Bellanova (Amsterdam) and Gloria Gonzalez Fuster (VUB): No (Big) Data, No Fiction? Thinking Surveillance with/against Netflix. Do we really need a first lady? Let’s get rid of the position once and for all. Matthew Cooper: “From expensing yachts to chasing The Onion: I watched the newsweekly die from the inside”. Why rural America controls the debates over guns and immigration. Engineering is full of authoritarians who, predictably, take all the wrong lessons from pop culture. Did “bots”


Paper Trail

A Newsweek story about the magazine’s ties to a Christian university was published last night with a lengthy note from the editors. The letter charges the publication’s leadership with trying to suppress the article. The opening paragraph states that two editors and a reporter were fired “for doing their jobs,” that two more reporters were

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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

Daily Review

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 “

Interviews

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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