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The concluding volume in Margaret Atwood’s “dystopian trilogy”—a vision of global disaster in the not too distant future—is a brilliant piece of social science fiction.

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‘Chain Reaction’ Is a Threat, but Not to the Public Interest

The first structural engineer hired by Santa Monica officials to assess the safety of former L.A. Times cartoonist Paul Conrad’s anti-nuclear war sculpture declared that the work “is not an imminent hazard nor should it be considered dangerous.” But officials still want to tear it down.

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On Chelsea Manning and Privacy, Cumberbatch Still Sides With Authority (Updated)

After reading Benedict Cumberbatch’s full, unedited remarks on the punishment of Chelsea Manning and government destruction of privacy, published Monday at The Guardian, I believe his meanings as originally reported remain intact.

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Beyond the Shock Machine

Some 50 years after the infamous Milgram experiments, Australian psychologist Gina Perry writes, “The standard account ... suggests that ordinary people can be manipulated into behaving in ways that contradict their morals and values—that you or I could be talked into torturing a man. But could we?”

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Punk Hostages Practice the Healing Power of Literature

Two veterans of L.A.’s punk scene are bringing books and creative writing to institutionalized people in prisons, shelters and recovery programs.

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Don’t Make a Phony Out of J.D. Salinger

A new documentary wants to find some hidden wound that “explains” the novelist’s reclusivity, but I don’t think there is one.

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DC Gives Poor Excuse for Nixing Batwoman’s Lesbian Wedding

The co-publisher of the iconic comic book said Batwoman can’t marry the woman of her dreams because “heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives,” The Independent reports.

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From the Rubble of the Syrian Civil War, Visceral Poetry Arises

Turning away from the religious metaphors of the past, Syria’s new verse relies on realistic, raw descriptions inspired by war and expresses the hope for a united country to be formed. But the outspoken nature of this emerging literary tradition comes at a price.

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Claire of the Sea Light

While disasters threaten to reduce the Haitian people to an undifferentiated mass of misery, Edwidge Danticat’s writing restores space for individuals and the varied colors of humanity that storms and death and our own compassion would wash away.

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What Is the Goal of School Reform?

As we consider what reform initiatives might achieve, we should also ask the old, defining question: What is the purpose of education in a democracy?

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