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Omnivore

Bid to needle

Farah Godrej (UC-Riverside): The Neoliberal Yogi and the Politics of Yoga. Theodore Bach (BGSU): Social Categories are Natural Kinds, not Objective Types (and Why it Matters Politically). Gisele Bundchen: “Saving the Brazilian rain forest is everyone’s duty”. Fox News is top audience draw, while ESPN has higher ad sales: In the TV business, age and experience are no match for youth and vigor. Derek Thompson on the twilight of Fox News: As pay TV slowly declines, cable news faces a demographic


Paper Trail

Hasan Minhaj, a Daily Show senior correspondent, is collaborating with PEN America to launch “The M Word,” an event series that “will provide a platform for Muslim-American writers and cultural figures to address audiences on their own terms . . . to challenge the prevailing narrow representations of highly diverse Muslim communities comprised of more

Syllabi

Reforming the Racist Criminal Justice System

John MiddletonThroughout the Democratic primaries, police brutality and systematic discrimination in the criminal justice system have become critical campaign issues, due in large part to the unrelenting pressure

Daily Review

Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country

By nearly all accounts, Rio de Janeiro's Summer Olympics were not as bad as they could have been. In spite of green pool water, Ryan Lochte's lies, and terrible American TV ratings, there were a lot of people who made a lot of money. Brazillionaires, a recent journalistic account of Brazil's billionaire class, is a capable and thorough examination of the kinds of Brazilians who profited from the Games.

Interviews

Jesmyn Ward

James Baldwin's 1963 work, The Fire Next Time, with its forward-glancing title, was the call; The Fire This Time, a collection of essays and poems edited by Jesmyn Ward, is the response. Featuring the work of contemporary, mostly black writers, it finds a way to touch on many subjects.

Video

Gay Life and Lit: Then and Now

Roundtable

The Art of Advice-Giving

Lidija Haas

Advice is so much more enjoyable to give than it is to receive that its long flourishing as a genre—from the conduct books and periodicals of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the current plethora of columns, livechats, and podcasts—could seem mysterious. Of course, watching other people being told what to do might be the most fun of all, which surely helps account for the enduring appeal of the advice column.

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