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Gun Control or the End of Civilization?
3 years ago

Gun Control or the End of Civilization?

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JUST THE NUMBERS are terrible. More Americans have been killed by a gun since 1970 than in all the wars America has fought since the American Revolution: roughly 1.5 million …
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Politicizing Plants
3 years ago

Politicizing Plants

ARISTOTLE’S FOUNDATIONAL DEFINITION of the human being as a “political animal” [zōon politikon] in his Politics proscribed, in one broad stroke, all other living entities from the complex realm of …
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Food as Therapy
3 years ago

Food as Therapy

AT THE MOMENT, food is highly prestigious. A vast amount of attention is paid to celebrity chefs, dietary advice, new restaurants, and cooking shows. We have, it seems, become collectively …
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One Child:  Do We Have a Right to More?
3 years ago

One Child: Do We Have a Right to More?

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We need to talk about population. If you are like most people, you don’t want to. But the truth is that at present, given the danger of environmental disaster, we …
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Why Trump Is Still Here
3 years ago

Why Trump Is Still Here

WHY HAS TRUMP, or Cruz, for that matter, made such a strong showing in the presidential election? This question has been debated for months, by journalists, by social scientists, all …
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Rape is Torture
3 years ago

Rape is Torture

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IN AN EXCRUCIATING New York Times article, Rukmini Callimachi details in painful and exact terms the system of sex slavery of Yazidi women and girls that ISIS has set in place. …
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Returning to Form: New Poetry from Argentina
3 years ago

Returning to Form: New Poetry from Argentina

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IN ARTURO CARRERA’S 2001 anthology of contemporary poetry, Monstruos, the influential Argentine writer Alejandro Rubio stated that, “Lyric poetry is dead. Who has the time, with cable TV and FM …
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David Bowie’s Stardust Twilight
3 years ago

David Bowie’s Stardust Twilight

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DAVID BOWIE, whose death on January 10 came as a shock to millions of his fans around the world, had a profound impact on generations of listeners. Beyond the appreciation …
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Awkward Aeronautics and the Metaphysics of Friction
3 years ago

Awkward Aeronautics and the Metaphysics of Friction

Spoiler alert, in a sense

In the newest installment of Star Wars, “The Force Awakens,” I was struck by a minor detail that recurred throughout the film: the awkward aeronautics …
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Empire of Solitude
3 years ago

Empire of Solitude

ONE ATTRIBUTE of this year’s presidential contest that has not gone unnoticed by the press is the apparent insouciance with which the candidates have gone about embellishing their records, denying the …
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