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“Sharing a bed is a sign of intimacy”

I’m single because I like to sleep alone. It comes down to this fact. Relearning the joy of sleeping face down in the X position, Holly Allen doesn’t want to return to sweating and inadvertently spooning her husband: Our first … Continue reading

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“My students invented ‘too big to fail’ sitting in a classroom. Because it’s not that hard.”

According to Elizabeth Warren, senior senator from Massachusetts, the Harvard students whom she taught in 2008 figured out how the government was going to protect financial institutions after the collapse of the world as they knew it: “Now, here was … Continue reading

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Koch brothers

I’d….forgotten David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate in 1980. He thought Ronald Wilson Reagan was too liberal. In 1980. Bernie Sanders: In 1980, Libertarian vice-presidential candidate David Koch ran on a platform that called for abolishing … Continue reading

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“Anything could be a trigger”

My conclusions aren’t final but I tend to think putting what are in essence warning labels on college courses strikes at the very idea of adulthood and, yes, a college education. Oberlin College tabled the policy: The policy said that … Continue reading

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How the R&B chart died

Chris Molanphy, writing his most thorough and encyclopedic essay yet, chronicles the slow death of the R&B chart, once a place with its own history. How Freddie Jackson, Alexander O’Neal, Maze ft. Frank Beverly, and Rene & Angela scored so … Continue reading

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Farewell to criticism: an ongoing series

In the nineties Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum represented the peaks of glossy mag film writing. I took their opinions more seriously than the late Roger Ebert’s, despite my disagreeing often and muttering that their enthusiasms led them to strange … Continue reading

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Primum non nocere: William Henry Harrison

Washington and our ignorance of public health collaborated to kill the ninth president: In those days the nation’s capital had no sewer system. Until 1850, some sewage simply flowed onto public grounds a short distance from the White House, where … Continue reading

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Santeria: “We’re in a transitional phase”

The Miami Herald wrote a thorough uncondescending story about santeria. From what I’ve noticed at the university and around town it flourishes; seeing middle aged men dressed in white from head to toe indicates that they’re saints or about to … Continue reading

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“The jingoistic view of what is ‘newsworthy’ is baseless and warped. “

With Antonin Scalia looking forward to hearing NSA cases, Glenn Greenwald reminds us that Barton Gellman and Charles Savage aren’t getting the attention of Edward Snowden in part because they’re respected members of the press and respected members of the … Continue reading

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“The critic is always being swallowed up by the creative artist”

In a busy week for rockcrit as social media force, two pieces enraged and engaged the cognoscenti: the first questioned the musical knowledge of rock critics, the second mocked the idea of intelligent criticism of unfamiliar genres (I will not … Continue reading

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David Brooks looks at women!

Dear god why isn’t this man a sex therapist? When men become fathers, their testosterone levels drop, thus reducing their sex drive. There’s some evidence that it’s the smell of their own infants (but not other people’s infants) that sets … Continue reading

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Meryl Streep in August: Osage County: “the apotheosis of the gorgon role”

Although Charles Taylor approaches movies like a Paulette trembling in an upstairs room waiting for the tongue of fire, I agree with this appraisal of Meryl Streep, particularly the gorgon rules in which she’s been cast in recent years: She … Continue reading

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