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Forget About ‘Elysium’

“Trailers for ‘Elysium’ were like catnip for the left-leaning viewer: a near future where the masses, stranded in crumbling cities, outfit Matt Damon with a robot suit and send him to fight the bourgeoisie, who have Galted off the planet to Space Station Elysium, taking their shrubbery, Spanish-style mansions and cancer cures with them,” Gavin Mueller writes at Jacobin.

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A Freedom Budget for All Americans

Advanced in 1966 by central leaders of the activist wing of the civil rights movement, the “Freedom Budget for All Americans” promised the full and final triumph of the movement by going beyond civil rights and linking the goal of racial justice for African Americans with the goal of economic justice for all Americans. 

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Pink Sari Revolution

This is the story of India’s Pink Gang, a grass-roots movement that confronts Indian officialdom over the rights of the poor and the marginalized, especially women.

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Capitalism Is Changing Our Language

Researchers at UCLA put 1.5 million English-language books into a tool that catalogs phrase usage and found that “over the last 200 years there has been an ever-increasing use of particularly acquisitive words: ‘get’, ‘unique’, ‘individual’, ‘self’, ‘choose’; while over the same period ‘give’ and ‘obliged’ decreased,” Owen Hatherley writes at The Guardian.

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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

Author Annalee Newitz is convinced that humans will survive a mass extinction, “because the world has been almost completely destroyed at least half a dozen times already in Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history, and every single time there have been survivors.”

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George Saunders’ Greatest Regret

In his convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013, the author urged the necessity of acting consciously with kindness, and took a shot at describing all the “junk” that gets in the way of our doing so.

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 READ MORE



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‘The Artist and the Model’: Less Is More

It’s perhaps easy to make too much of a film like “The Artist and the Model.” But it’s also easy to make too little of it—and I’d rather run the prior risk.

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Sony Pictures Classics

Woody Allen’s Latest Shows He’s Still Got It

Imagine—77 years old and still making movies as good as “Blue Jasmine,” when most directors his age are out of work or collecting dubious awards.

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‘Let’s Be Old-Fashioned’: Remembering Gore Vidal

When, exactly, to give him the bad news? Before our interview? That would spoil the conversation. Lunch would be best. But when, exactly? Before the first course, during the meal, or ought I to delay until dessert?

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Update: ‘Sex and the Citadel’ Makes Guardian Book Award Longlist

Shereen El Feki’s first book journeys through the customs, laws, attitudes and history informing sexual life in six Arab countries.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE


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