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Reclaiming Conversation

We live in a world of incessant connection, and for all the communication it supposedly provides, it’s destroying open-ended conversation. “We are being silenced by our technologies,” Sherry Turkle writes in a new book.

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The Influence Machine

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, far from being a “small town organization that helps keep Main Street clean,” is a hard-right ideological force, arguably the “single most influential organization in American politics” outside of the two major parties.

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Primo Levi, Complete

“I deliberately assumed the calm and sober language of the witness, not the lament of the victim or the anger of the avenger. ... It is you who are the judges.” Those are the words of Primo Levi, one of the most essential writers of the 20th century—particularly of the Holocaust.

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Rad American Women A-Z

Attention, parents and teachers: This is an alphabet book with a difference. A is for Angela Davis, Z is for Zora Neale Hurston. In between are scientists, poets, pilots and others, half of whom are women of color, who have long been left out of children’s history books.

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W.H. Auden, Complete

These six volumes of the work of W.H. Auden call to mind the great poet’s comment on the writing of another author: “It is a book in which one can browse for a lifetime without exhausting its treasures.”

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Paid For

Rachel Moran, who spent seven years as a prostituted woman, explains in a book that is both excruciating memoir and brilliant political analysis, the real price that prostitution extracts from women turned into commodities under patriarchal capitalism.

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Latest Readings

Clive James, the great cultural critic diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, revisits a lifetime of reading in his latest, and perhaps last book: “If you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.”

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Fortune Smiles

The stories in Adam Johnson’s new collection are all set in an uncanny world you recognize but don’t. From ravaged American cities to abandoned torture chambers, each one is a miniature demonstration of why Johnson won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

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Creatures of a Day

A new book on confronting mortality by Dr. Irvin Yalom illustrates that, when in the midst of another human being’s darkness, we should worry less about shining a light, and instead simply hold the person’s hand and stay in the darkness with him or her.

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