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The threat of nuclear weapons

From the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Hugh Gusterson on the blinders on the US nuclear policy establishment; and Joe Cirincione on a new, hopeful moment for US nuclear policy. Elizabeth Warren wants to ban the US from using nuclear weapons first. This is not a drill: Lessons from the false Hawaiian missile alert. What do nuclear bomb explosions sound like? This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you: This is how the world ends — not with a bang, but with a lot of really big bombs. A


Paper Trail

BuzzFeed examines the Mueller report and revisits the story that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. At the Washington Post, Paul Farhi points out that the Mueller report shows fake news came not from the media but from Trump and his team. Also at the Washington Post, Carlos Lozada, who just won a

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

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It Gets Worse

As climate change encroaches, things will get worse. Much worse. And David Wallace-Wells, in The Uninhabitable Earth, spares no detail in explaining how.

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Nancy K. Miller

Nancy K, Miller is a veteran feminist academic—an early scholar of French feminist literature at Columbia, the first full-time tenured member of the Women’s Studies Program at Barnard College and its first director, and now Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. All of this history flows into her recent book My Brilliant Friends, a piece of hybrid autobiographical criticism about her friendships with the scholars Carolyn Heilbrun, Naomi Schor, and Diane Middlebrook.

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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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