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Omnivore

Unleashing a series of events

Robert Olen McDonald (Kansas): Freakonomics as a Discourse of Perversion. Yulia S. Medvedeva (Missouri): Business as Usual? The Cultural, Economic, and Social Capital of Magazines in a Russian City. The man who knew too much: Scientist who helped connect Litvinenko’s murder to the Kremlin assassinated in Britain. Kenan Malik writes in defense of cultural appropriation. The White House is interested in Thucydides — uh-oh. Olivia Nuzzi on Sarah Palin’s latest business venture: Running a right-wing


Paper Trail

Former United States Attorney Preet Bharara is writing a book. Bharara, who was fired by Donald Trump earlier this year, said the book will be “about integrity, leadership, decision making and moral reasoning.” The still-untitled work will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2019. MIT Press is partnering with the Internet Archive to digitize

Syllabi

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

Daily Review

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,

Interviews

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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