Exhaustion moves through our world like a rat in the house. It stirs and makes a noise from time to time, particularly in the dark; its presence is…
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In a new collection of seven brief, yet very deep, stories, Hilary Mantel revisits scenes and tales from her haunted childhood. It is a wondrous book…
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By Ann Kjellberg, editor Video- and image-sharing apps are doing a lot these days, but one thing they don't do is connect the reader outward to a world…
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It has seemed difficult for critics to separate novelist Jean Rhys’s artistic achievement from moral judgments of her mostly wretched life, plagued by…
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From the dais at the Chicago World's Fair, 1893: Even as “our girls as well as our boys flocked in and battled for an education,” their mothers labored…
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Anna Julia Cooper was born into slavery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Educated in freedmen’s schools, she fought to have access to “Gentlemen’s Courses…
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Because interest in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s thoughts has often been inseparable from an interest in his extremely austere life and intense personality…
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Tennessee is giving away a million books this summer to all their public school first and second graders. The nourishing work of the book givers.
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Three new books remind us that, although it is ignorance of history that supposedly dooms one to repeat it, Europe seems to have done a pretty good job…
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A libertine originally was something more than just a seducer—that may simply have been its easiest social manifestation. The original “libertins” of…
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Davids Wengrow and Graeber look deep into the histories of human relations, but neglect to consider humans' relations with anything else.
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How demolishing an unfounded assumption that human societies followed a linear progression from hunter-gatherer to agricultural, from egalitarian to…
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