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Far too much

Ben Bramble (Lund): A New Defense of Hedonism about Well-Being. France’s “burkini” bans are about more than religion or clothing. Aheda Zanetti: “I created the burkini to give women freedom, not to take it away”. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will now allow its female officers to wear the hijab as part of its official uniform. What were blogs? Jeet Heer on how the demise of Gawker.com also marks the end of the utopian promise of blogging — here’s what killed them. John R. Parker on how Peter


Paper Trail

Bob Odenkirk will write “a comic ‘bildungsroman’ . . . except this will be more memoir and the main character, Bob Odenkirk (actor, writer, comedian, gadabout), doesn’t grow morally or psychologically.” Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation is still fixated on his former character, Ron Swanson, and has written a new book about his East

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

House Mother Normal

Avant-garde writers tend to think that their work is unpopular because it is difficult. I tend to think there is another reason: most avant gardists sound like total jerks. They’re always telling you the things you like are bad and old, and that in order to remain

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.

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"A Ted Hughes Bestiary" edited by Alice Oswald

David Biespiel

Among the mysteries of the strange animals that appear in A Ted Hughes Bestiary—a compilation edited by poet Alice Oswald of his writing about animals real and invented—is how often these creatures strike me as anything but strange. Taking one of his great plunges into the waterways—those “legendary” depths “deep as England”—he encounters an otter with a “round head like a tomcat,” or a pike with its “sag belly."

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