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Nearing tipping point

Angelo J. Corlett (SDSU): Are Women Beach Volleyballers “Too Sexy for Their Shirts”? A combination of historical ignorance and disastrous blundering: Richard Beck on how the US has no prospects for improving the stability of Afghan politics through military force. Putin says economic sanctions are making Russia stronger — he’s not totally wrong. Russia’s cyberwar on Ukraine is a blueprint for what’s to come. How a shorthanded Supreme Court gutted a historic civil-rights remedy. How St. Augustine


Paper Trail

Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books is publishing a new memoir by a former White House writer for Barack Obama. Pat Cunnane’s West Winging It: An Unpresidential Memoir will be published in June 2018 and has already been optioned for television. Slate’s Jessica Winter has been hired as the New Yorker’s website executive editor. Other

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Reading Play

Rennie McDougallWhether or not you consider yourself a gamer, video games have probably found their way into your life. Maybe you spend hours lining up gemstones, hypnotized on your daily commute. Or perhaps you roam

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Fire Island of the Mind

IN THE FIRST EPISODE OF Fire Island, Logo TV’s latest burlesque of the evacuated gay male experience, Brandon and Cheyenne buddy up at the Sip-n-Twirl. They drink tequila sodas, margaritas, vodka sodas. They symphonize with the royalty-free music. It’s a perfect night,

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Sunaura Taylor

A few years ago, while Sunaura Taylor was researching her new book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation, she came across the story of a fox who was born with the same disability that Taylor has—arthrogryposis, a contracture of the joints.

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Bookforum: “False Starts”

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The Changeling

Victor LaValle

The basement felt warmer than the garage. Down the Kagwa boys went. The basement sat as one grand open plane. In the far corner stood the boiler—a large white cylinder with a blue control panel, copper pipes running up into the ceiling and a silver tube running outside through the wall. It looked like something from the set of James Whale’s Frankenstein. The boiler rumbled now as if reanimating life.

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