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The Sixth Extinction

Many now-extinct species had traits that were advantageous for millions of years, until some change made them lethal. Mostly, Homo sapiens are that change.

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Gaza Authors ‘Writing Away Like Crazy, Whilst They Have Power’ Throughout Hostilities

The Electronic Intifada, an independent online publication, reports that many Palestinian wordsmiths “have responded to the latest onslaught by doing what they know—writing.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



War of the Whales

Harmful, unintended consequences of technological advances, such as the deadly mass strandings of whales caused by naval sonar, need to be confronted, not denied.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



Fighting (for) the Right to Party

The conventional left wisdom that music functions primarily as an occasion for the liberated expression of “collective joy” is all washed up. The carnivalesque spectacles are dead ends, channeling what might find political expression into narrowly personalized exercises in adolescent subjectivity.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Sons of Wichita’: An Unauthorized Examination of the Koch Dynasty

Until the run-up to the 2010 congressional elections, Daniel Schulman—like much of America—had barely heard of Charles and David Koch, billionaire industrialists who were primary backers of the tea party and were determined to take down President Obama.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



S Street Rising

A gritty street-level portrait of a dark chapter in the history of Washington, D.C., reflected in the mirror of the author’s own crack addiction.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



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George Clooney Accuses Daily Mail of Dangerously Exploiting Religious Differences to Sell Newsapers

After the British tabloid printed a story (which was picked up by newspapers all over the world) that alleged his fiancee’s mother is not in favor of her daughter’s marriage on “religious grounds,” George Clooney decided to speak out about “irresponsible” journalism and the “violent” effects this negligence can have.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



Gays in the Military

A new photo book puts a face to the struggles of homosexual men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



‘Citizen Koch’ Filmmakers: Watching This Movie Is ‘Civil Disobedience’

In “Citizen Koch,” filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell the story of the effects of the Citizens United decision through the viewpoints of three lifelong Republicans in Wisconsin.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



The Most Dangerous Book

This “biography of a book” presents James Joyce’s “Ulysses” as the work that broke the crusading spirit of the U.S. government’s literary censorship during the early 20th century.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE


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