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How ‘Revolution’ Became an Adjective

For the last several years, the word has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody—visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian—to cue its appearance on camera.

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The Solid Nonpareil

Laughter was Mark Twain’s stock in trade, and for 30 years as bestselling author and star attraction on America’s late-nineteenth-century lecture stage, he produced it in sufficient quantity to make bearable the acquaintance with grief that he knew to be generously distributed among all present in the Boston Lyceum or a Tennessee saloon.

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Selling Death

The question “Why can’t I live forever?” assigns the custody of one’s death to powers that make it their business to promote and instill the fear of it—to church or state, to an alchemist or an engineer.

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The (Less Than) Eternal Sea

Happily aloft in the vicinity of my father’s hat, and the weather having cleared since the Ohioan missed its compass heading, I was free to form my earliest impression of the sea at a safe and sunny distance, lulled by the sound of waves breaking on the beach, delighting in the drift of gulls in a bright blue sky.

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The Conquest of Nature (and What We’ve Lost)

However it so happens that the beasts manage to live not only at ease within the great chain of being but also in concert with the tides and the season and the presence of death, it is the great lesson they teach to humanity.

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Raiding Consciousness: Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature

The question that tempts mankind to the use of substances controlled and uncontrolled is next of kin to Hamlet’s: to be, or not to be, someone or somewhere else.

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Feast of Fools

The campaigns don’t favor the voters with the gratitude and respect owed to their standing as valuable citizens participating in making such a thing as a common good. They stay on message with their parsing of democracy as the ancient Greek name for the American Express card.

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Lapham's Quarterly

Will Wonders Never Cease?

What once was sorcery maybe now is science, but the wonders technological of which I find myself in full possession, among them indoor plumbing and electric light, I incline to regard as demonstrations magical.

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The Internet as the Toy With a Tin Ear

Why does it come to pass that the more data we collect—from Google, YouTube and Facebook—the less likely we are to know what it means?

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June Gloom With Lewis Lapham

There is always smoke around Lewis Lapham, as if he’d just been conjured by some sorcerer suddenly enraged by the placation of the status quo.

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Barbara Ehrenreich: ‘Poverty Has Been Criminalized in America’

Ten years ago, writer Barbara Ehrenreich published “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” a blockbuster book on the state of the working poor in America. (more)

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The Deification of Tim Russert, Part Deux

Not to speak ill of the dead, but really, Newseum? Is it necessary to further enshrine the late and already vigorously celebrated “Meet the Press” anchor Tim Russert by re-creating his NBC office as an exhibit?

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