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Volume 38 Number 17
8 September 2016

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Jeremy Bernstein
Trump in Aspen

26 August 2016

August Kleinzahler
The Van Gelder Sound

26 August 2016

Geoff Roberts
German Lessons


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Michael Hofmann
Richard Flanagan’s Sticky Collage

17 July 2014

Emily Witt
Burning Man

17 April 2014

Seymour M. Hersh
Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

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Terry Eagleton

Jack in the Belfry

The Earl of Portsmouth’s long-suffering domestic staff were desperate to escape his childish pranks: if the earl wanted to play hide and seek, they would pretend not to know where he was hiding. He liked his manservant to rap the pig-tail of his wig against his neck like a knocker, shouting: ‘Is anybody at home?’ It was a pertinent inquiry. More

Thomas Nagel

Does Terrorism Work?

The persistence of terrorism appears to be impervious to its overwhelming record of failure to ‘work’, in the normal sense. Terrorists, it seems, are at least as attached to their means as to their professed ends, and to those for whom killing is an end in itself, there is not much to say by way of rational counterargument. More

Emily Witt


The title of The Girls is obviously close to the title of the HBO series Girls. And this scene, of young people whose expressions of sexual fulfilment parrot certain tropes of internet porn, is the kind of scene we see in Girls too. The author of The Girls, Emma Cline, is the same generation as Lena Dunham, the creator of Girls, and reading The Girls, as when I have watched Girls, I felt pained by the theory of girlhood they propose. More

Steven Rose


Epigenetics seeks to explain how, starting from an identical set of genes, the contingencies of development can lead to different outcomes. To illustrate this, C.H. Waddington imagined what he called an ‘epigenetic landscape’ of rolling hills and valleys. Place a ball at the top of the hill and give it a little push. Which valley it rolls down depends on chance fluctuations; some valleys may converge on the same endpoint, others on different ones. More

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