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Omnivore: From the Archive

Matters for political theory

Luke William Hunt (Radford): Norms, Narratives, and Politics. Cara Nine (UCC): Do Territorial Rights Include the Right to Exclude? Ludvig Beckman (Stockholm) and Jonas Hultin Rosenberg (Uppsala): Freedom as Non-domination and Democratic Inclusion. Sean Ingham (UCSD): Why Arrow’s Theorem Matters for Political Theory Even If Preference Cycles Never Occur. Danielle Charrette reviews The Opinion of Mankind: Sociability and the Theory of the State from Hobbes to Smith by Paul Sagar. Amia Srinivasan


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At Literary Hub, Michele Filgate talks to Inheritance author Dani Shapiro about structure, trauma, and memoir writing. “I don’t think you can write prose from the place of trauma. I think poets can do that, I think that’s what poets do,” she said. “If you think about any moment in your life that has been

Syllabi

Learning from Beyoncé

Kevin AllredBeyoncé Knowles-Carter makes perfect pop songs that also lend themselves to nuanced discussion of race, gender, sexuality, class, feminism, social justice, and so much more. For the past decade, I have

Daily Review

Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World

In Lucy Ives’s second novel, Loudermilk, a charismatic dumbass scams his way into a prestigious MFA poetry program by submitting the work of his antisocial companion. The real writer, who hates the sound of his own voice, follows the oversexed, symmetrically featured

Interviews

Sophie Lewis

When the topic of surrogacy is given media space, stories usually revolve around the struggles of women with fertility problems who turn to surrogate gestators to relieve the pain of childlessness. Or they expose the commercial surrogacy industry’s exploitative practices, lingering on the perceived body horror of commercializing someone’s else womb.” Surrogacy is presented as either a glorious gift or the worst sort of exploitation.

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Bookforum: "Fool That I Am"

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A Writer for Our Time

Joshua Sperling

In the mid 1970s John Berger began a new life—and a new family—in a small mountain village outside Geneva in the Haute-Savoie. He was close to fifty. At first he and Beverly Bancroft did not live in the village of Quincy itself, but up the road in an old farmhouse.

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