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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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Is College Worth It?

These four books are written in the shadow of the suspicion that the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves—concerning hard work, opportunity, meritocracy, achievement and social mobility—somehow no longer pertain.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE

Dalkey Archive Press

A Love Song in Imperial Time

“Americans lack a language adequate to the history we are now living,” Peter Dimock writes in his new novel about the deep implications of the past decade’s events and how we must learn to discuss them.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Mustafa Quraishi

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.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE


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.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE

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


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel compares racial hierarchies in the U.S. to social striving in her native Nigeria, with a ruthless honesty about the ugly and beautiful sides of both nations.

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Better Off Without ’Em

“It’s too bad that we just didn’t let the South secede when we had the chance,” Chuck Thompson writes.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE

What Do Women Want?

Women are far more attracted to strangers, and far less suited to a life of staid fidelity, than the evolutionary psychologists would like us to think.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE

The Science Delusion

Are the humanities—literature, history, art, religion and philosophy—useless? Some scientists would have you think so.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE

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