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The Buried Giant

A new book by Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novels defy classification, is set in a medieval wilderness, complete with dragons and wizards. But as in all his invented worlds, what interests Ishiguro is the abiding human heart.

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How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans

Who knew comedy had such power to bring about change?

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



Being Mortal

Surgeon and public health expert Atul Gawande writes in his book on facing the final phase of life that “as people’s capacities wane ... making their lives better often requires curbing our purely medical imperatives. ... When should we try to fix and when should we not?”

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‘Shock Wave’: A Compelling Poem About the Boston Marathon Bombings

Leslie McGrath’s poem gives us an intimate look into a person’s mind in the immediate aftermath of the April 15, 2013, tragedy.

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The Missing 43

This exclusive excerpt from “A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the ‘Mexican Drug War,’ ” gives a harrowing account of how 43 Mexican students disappeared last year.

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Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke Hit With $7.4 Million Fine in ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Case

A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday determined that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke had copied several elements from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up” in making their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”

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Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

As the surveillance state has harnessed the very technologies that were supposed to liberate us, a new book explores the shadowy world of Anonymous, an online “community” that has targeted corporations and governments guilty of perceived offenses against digital liberty.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE



The Instant Gratification Culture Is Killing Fine Writers

A sometimes acrid essay by an author and former creative writing professor delivers some tough love to people hoping to become published writers.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



‘Kia’: A Poem That Reflects a Group’s Struggle for Better Working Conditions

Paul Hlava describes series “Negotiations” as a collage of “language, metaphors and quotes, from managers, workers and management flyers” that were used during a vote to form a collective bargaining unit.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Does Progress Spawn Poverty? A Gilded Age Issue Remains With Us

The “long nineteenth century” of class against class climaxed in the labor insurgency that followed the Great Crash of 1929. It seemed to resolve itself in the New Deal. But the questions it raised have endured, resurfaced, and grown more pressing of late.

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