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January 17, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Marcus, Gass, O’Nan, Cole 0

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New this week are The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus, a collection of William H. Gass’s writings, Life Sentences: Literary Judgments and Accounts, and Stewart O’Nan’s The Odds: A Love Story. New in paperback is Teju Cole’s Open City.

January 17, 2012

Word Flu: Ben Marcus’ The Flame Alphabet 10

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Marcus has managed to craft a story so disturbing that it’s best told with absolute clarity.

January 16, 2012

The Faces of War 0

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Photographer Lalage Snow photographed Scottish soldiers before, during, and after their deployments to Afghanistan. The photographs show “the toll that fighting … takes on our troops.”

January 16, 2012

“The dead don’t care about much” 0

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Philip Connors‘ essay about his brother, published in Lapham’s Quarterly, is truly heartbreaking.

January 16, 2012

When Foxes Become Dogs 0

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The Silver Fox Experiment began in 1959 when Soviet scientist Dmitri Belyaev began selectively breeding wild foxes until they became more “dog-like” and tame. Today, the experiment continues at The Institute of Cytology and Genetics in Novosibirsk.

January 16, 2012

China’s Soccer Problem 0

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Why on Earth can’t China field a decent World Cup soccer team?

January 16, 2012

From Flesh to Wafer to Cash 0

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Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the communion wafer’s place in free-market capitalism.

January 15, 2012

The Year of Incendiary Writing 1

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Caitlin Flanagan’s long Atlantic piece on Joan Didion has sparked a lot of conversation. Among the article’s contentious lines: “to really love Joan Didion … you have to be female.”

January 15, 2012

Colbert 2012 0

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Fresh on the heels of his gargantuan New York Times Magazine profile, as well as the announcement that he’s led Jon Huntsman Jr. in the South Carolina polls, political prankster Stephen Colbert has decided to run for “president of the United States of South Carolina.” This, of course, is not the first time he’s pulled […]

January 15, 2012

Hate: Is It In You? 0

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Meghan Daum’s written the longest and best article on “Haterade” you’ll read this month. I guarantee it.