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JULY 2, 2012 12:24PM

Search for a Method

We tend not to bother ourselves much with the foreign civilians our government has killed. We get far more misty-eyed over the treatment of our war criminals, from Lieutenant William Calley (defended ardently not just by Loretta Lynn but by the New Jersey State Legislature and an up-and-c… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2012 2:26PM

For the Win: Failure!

A luminary named Bill Scher wrote a column in the New York Times yesterday arguing that democracy is dead, and we should content ourselves with occasionally letting corporations help us while helping themselves. As he puts it:

Democratic presidents typically pay dearly when they choose to fight corpo

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JULY 1, 2012 9:06AM

Triple-Decker Weekly

Hot enough to cook an egg on a sidewalk?

Scientists create Wi-Fi that can transmit seven Blu-ray movies per second.

You see a shopper trip over in a busy street. Someone else can help. That’s what you tell your conscience. This is the Bystander Effect in action – the dilution… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2012 3:01PM

Sunday Reading

Sarah Jaffe:

JUNE 30, 2012 1:55PM

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JUNE 30, 2012 1:43PM

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JUNE 29, 2012 6:04PM

“they probably aren’t”

There’s a paradox at the core of the issue: today’s children (and, within the context of this discussion, I mean middle-class children) are, by and large, less free than their parents, who were raised in the seventies and eighties, were. There’s a lot more homework now than there used t

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“I’m on strike right now,†said Amin Husain, a former highly paid lawyer who left his corporate practice in a bid for happiness and now works on education projects in Palestine, where he grew up. Even as a well-paid lawyer, Husain could not pay off his large law school debts

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‘I don’t cry when I’m sad anymore,’ is something someone who cries all the time is likely to say. Protests of sanity usually come from insane people, and are the most fervent promises of change from people who haven’t changed at all. This lyric occurs on the trac

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JUNE 29, 2012 11:47AM

We Mock What We Don’t Understand

Oh, to return to the halcyon days of the late Cold War, when global catastrophe wasn’t an economic metaphor or a reference to impending and seemingly unstoppable ecological extinction. Though the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union had reached the level of competing… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2012 11:05AM

Five Questions with Lisa Russ Spaar

Five Questions with __________ is an experiment with flash interviews. The series on poets continues with poet and professor of English and creative writing Lisa Russ Spaar. I came across her work after an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education called ‘Eating the Days: Thoughts on Off-LinRead full post »

JUNE 29, 2012 10:21AM

Gathering Light

Of the glimmering swarm gathering at twilight the catcher of fireflies entertained few romantic notions. To him his quarry — which drew gasps from the crowd gathered at the riverbank, which drew sighs from many a moonstruck poet — simply meant business.

On summer evenings he began… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2012 7:55AM

Beauty Blogosphere 6.29.12

What’s going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.

From Head…
“And what did you do with the hair?” “I hid it under the radiator”: NPR reporter Jeff Cohen interviews his daughters, ages 5 and 3, totally poker-faced, after the elder de… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2012 10:02AM

The IRL Fetish

The deep infiltration of digital information into our lives has created a fervor around the supposed corresponding loss of logged-off real life. Each moment is oversaturated with digital potential: Texts, status updates, photos, check-ins, tweets, and emails are just a few taps away or pushe… Read full post »


I’d planned on writing about male-to-female compliments, but honestly, the more I read of these compliment studies the more fascinated I become. I’ll get to male-female compliments soon, but for now, a few findings of compliment scholarship:

1) Compliments reveal our values. A suc… Read full post »

“January 28 is the day I can really pinpoint that something started,†Des says. Katie had become involved with another woman, whom she’d met via the social media site Instagram. Prior to that, as Des tells it, “There was never an indication of anything wrong. I was so invested in

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JUNE 27, 2012 1:10PM

Unclear Holocaust

Following its stint at the Northside DIY Film Festival, TNI A/V is happy to share Unclear Holocaust, a debut ‘film’ by the Anti-Banality Union:

A Terrorist film collective hijacks the U.S. propaganda apparatus and detonates it over New York. Everything is obliterated and the world celebr

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JUNE 27, 2012 12:44PM

“both Theseus and the Minotaur”

Why these sisters struck me as the most dangerous of artists was because in the work of, say, Morrison, or Octavia Butler, we are shown the awful radiant truth of how profoundly constituted we are of our oppressions. Or said differently: how indissolubly our identities are bound to the regimes that

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A guest post by Natalia Cecire, previously published as “Commendable,” “I’m a raven,” and “A surplus of toys” at her blog, Works Cited. Spoilers for Moonrise Kingdom.

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I. Boisterous Bourrée

What is puerility? Clearly, it is an artificial notion overelab

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“Bookmen taste, chew, masticate, nibble, ingustate, devour, gorge, cram; they are subject to appetite and repletion; starving, over-eating, the one reacting upon the other, and thus precipitating indigestions and dyspepsias.” — Holbrook Jackson, The Anatomy of Bibliomania (1… Read full post »

In the few days since I published last week’s post about the role of compliments in female friendships, I’ve become painfully aware of how often I give compliments. It’s certainly not something I want to stop doing, but when I found myself fussing over the color of a waitress’s nail polish… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2012 11:50AM

7 Days of Queer Theory

On Facebook last week, my friend Ramzi Fawaz – a recent Ph.D. in American Studies and lecturer at George Washington University — posted a different Queer Studies quotes each day, in honor of SF Pride. I enjoyed the quotes, so with his permission, I reprint all seven, with his (brief) iRead full post »

JUNE 25, 2012 10:52AM


Here at The New Inquiry, we worry that we haven’t published enough content on pieces of clothing that – in and of themselves – constitute outfits. That ends now.


The Suit
Miranda Trimmier

Getting dressed in the morning can be more than a chore, it can be a… Read full post »