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The founding value of human rights

Pawel Lukow (Warsaw): A Difficult Legacy: Human Dignity as the Founding Value of Human Rights. Harold A. McDougall (Howard): Humans, Hierarchy, and Human Rights. Joe Braun (Maryland): Rights on the Left and Right: How Ideological Predispositions Affect Human Rights Attitudes. Joe Hoover reviews The Human Rights State: Justice Within and Beyond Sovereign Nations by Benjamin Gregg. Ian Hurd (Northwestern): Everything I Know About Human Rights I Learned from the Clash. “A crisis for human rights”:


Paper Trail

Amazon stock fell more than a percentage point after the Supreme Court overturned a 1992 ruling that has allowed internet retailers to forego collecting sales taxes. The American Bookseller Association celebrated the Supreme Court decision, which feels that the older tax laws gave online booksellers an unfair advantage over small brick-and-mortar stores. “Today’s ruling represents

Syllabi

The Roots of the Alt-right

Mike WendlingDuring the last presidential election cycle, you may have read reports describing the alt-right—a loosely organized group of anti-PC, anti-feminist, race-obsessed online warriors—as a strange, newly

Daily Review

Kudos

Faye has just boarded an airplane when Kudos, the third novel in a trilogy about her middle life, begins. She boarded, after lunch with a billionaire, another airplane at the start of the first novel, Outline. She was reading a spam e-mail from an astrology service predicting “a major transit . . . in [her] sky” when the second, Transit, began. Passenger flight explains these incredible novels.

Interviews

Cheston Knapp

The word essay comes from a French word meaning “to try,” But thinking of an essay as simply an exploratory effort diminishes the form’s deep tradition—one worthy of serious study, With his debut collection, Up Up, Down Down, Cheston Knapp exhibits both a studied mastery of the form and a reverence for its artistry.

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Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"

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Excess—The Factory

Leslie Kaplan

Below is an excerpt from Leslie Kaplan's 1982 fiction of the French factory revolts. For more on the book, recently released in an English edition (translated by Julie Carr and Jennifer Pap), see Jason E. Smith's review in our special summer issue, 1968 Now.

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