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Feminism has conquered the culture

The latest issue of Politics and Gender is free online. Farida Jalalzai (Missouri) and Amy C. Alexander (UC-Irvine): The Symbolic Effects of Female Heads of States and Government. Women pay more attention to politics when their senator is a woman — and men significantly outperform women on tests of political knowledge. Is politics beyond Cosmopolitan's purview? Jill Filipovic wonders. Finally, serious women are standing up for fashion magazines. Feminism has conquered the culture — now comes the


Paper Trail

The Nieman Journalism Lab considers n+1’s history, on the occasion of the magazine’s tenth anniversary. n+1 has survived for a decade through a variety of strategies, the editors report, including “a model for parties that we’ve never changed.” Cara Parks joins Modern Farmer as executive editor. Parks has been freelancing since 2013; before that, she worked at the

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Sextet

Michael Barron"Writing about music," the saying goes, "is like dancing about architecture." If it's meant to dissuade, the warning has gone unheeded: Over the years, a number of novels about music have ingeniously

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The End of Days

Life and death in Jenny Erpenbeck's novel are separated by so thin a membrane as to render both a kind of purgatory. But the coexistence is uneasy—something as immeasurable as death doesn't seem to fit naturally within the measured limits of a life, nor does the intimate clock of a lifespan appear to synch with that of historical time. In this book, Erpenbeck is most interested in what can be recuperated from the space between.

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Ben Lerner

10:04, Ben Lerner's ingenious new novel, is a Sebaldian book made from starkly American material. As in Sebald, time haunts 10:04's narrator, But instead of being haunted by an awful, crumbling past, la Austerlitz, the narrator of 10:04 is swamped by a rising simultaneity; by pasts, presents, and futures happening all at once.

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The Midwest: Cities of the Plain

Edmund White

First published in 1980, Edmund White's States of Desire, (recently republished in an expanded edition), is a late-'70s travelogue in which the author candidly describes gay men and gay life in places throughout the US.

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