Tag: books

My Boner-Killing Quest to Find the Worst Erotica on Amazon

Everyone likes bad things. In my opinion, they’re easier to like than good things. Sure, a well-written book or uplifting movie can you make feel inspired or whatever, but that’s ephemeral. It will fade. Deep down, we’re all inherently spiteful beings, and ridiculing the efforts of others is sometimes what the soul needs. In pursuit […]

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Francis Fukuyama’s Shrinking Idea

There’s an intriguing phenomenon in publishing you could call the One Great Idea book. Usually written by a leading senior scholar in an interdisciplinary field such as international relations, political philosophy, or comparative literature, the One Great Idea book displays a command of numerous languages and wide-ranging familiarity with classics in philosophy or religion. Its […]

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Resistance Training

Since Donald Trump became president, the United States has seen over 20,000 street protests. While this number includes some pro-Trump rallies, most of the events voiced opposition to the administration. Between hundreds of Women’s Marches, the airport protests, the Tax March, the March for Science, the March for Truth, the Peoples Climate March, the March […]

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‘elemental’ explores the work and concepts behind alejandro aravena’s studio

in 2001, the acclaimed chilean architect alejandro aravena formed the studio ‘elemental’ and in 2016 he was awarded the pritzker prize in architecture. the santiago based studio focuses on projects of public interest and social impact and aravena has become renowned for his work developing social housing. in particular the ‘half house’ that conceived a type of social housing […]

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Psychology Around the Net: January 12, 2019

Are you ready to learn about simple, no frills self-care tips we can all follow? Why incompetent people have more confidence than you’d think they should? How men and women experience chronic pain differently? Well, good news! This week’s Psychology Around the Net has all that and more. The Free Self-Care You Should Be Doing […]

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Sam Lipsyte Confronts the Apocalyptic Minutia

How apt that Sam Lipsyte’s new novel, Hark, is about a pseudo-messiah and the rabble of weary citizens—bewildered by contemporary life, crushed by the jackboot of capitalism—who have found themselves in his thrall. For the last two decades, Lipsyte has been amassing his own ragged band of devotees and obsessives seeking respite from the postmillennial […]

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Gucci Sued Dapper Dan Out of Business. Now the Brand Is Paying to Tell His Story

In New York City in the 1980s and 90s, when hip-hop was taking off with a certain flash and flare, there was no better way to show you’d made it than to cop a luxury jacket in Harlem made by Dapper Dan, the fashion designer born Daniel Day. Reinventing high fashion for people of color, […]

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This Giant, In-Depth ‘Sopranos’ Retrospective Is Full of Secrets and Surprises

I was only eight years old when The Sopranos premiered. Starting in January 1999, for its debut, my parents tuned in every Sunday night from our split-level house in a middle-class New Jersey suburb. When I finally got around to watching the series as an adult it felt as though I had already seen it. […]

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Kristen Roupenian’s Power Dynamics

When Kristen Roupenian’s New Yorker short story “Cat Person” became a five-alarm sensation late last year, critics rushed to explain its popularity in terms of its relatability and quality. In its outlines, the plot seems standard enough: Twenty-year-old college student Margot begins a brief, frustratingly hot-and-cold relationship with the older Robert, vacillating between affection and […]

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The Operative

Imagine a pivotal moment in the history of the Supreme Court. A longtime partisan political operative is nominated and confirmed to the court. The party putting him forward is in the peculiar position of controlling all three branches of government, and yet is acutely concerned about future shifts in the political winds. The selection of […]

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Inside the Life-and-Death Hunts of a Mysterious Tribe of Hunter-Gatherers

Left photo by Doug Bock Clark. Right photo by by Ardiles Rante / Barcroft Media / Getty Images Doug Bock Clark first heard about the Lamalerans when he was living in Indonesia for two years on a Fulbright Scholarship. The American journalist didn’t actually believe the stories at first because the same people telling him about […]

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How to Oppose Fascism

BERLIN by Jason LutesDrawn & Quarterly, 580 pp., $49.95 Jason Lutes first started drawing Berlin, his epic graphic novel about the disintegration of the Weimar Republic, in 1996, when the topic seemed an esoteric choice for an American storyteller. The winding down of the Cold War brought with it an ostensible closure of the ideological […]

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Barack Obama Released His Favorite Songs, Movies and Books of 2018. Yes, It’s Black as Hell

Former President Barack Obama speaks onstage during the 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple Of Hope Awards on December 12, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano (Getty Images for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights) Barack Obama has spoken on his faves for 2018. Number 44 posted his favorite songs, movies and books […]

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Can Humor Alter Your Brain Chemistry?

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”  ~ Mahatma Gandhi Do you know why everyone isn’t in a mental hospital? Because there isn’t enough room. Philosophers have long observed a dearth of happiness among humanity. Henry David Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” John Stuart Mill […]

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jerry J.I. chen introduces western audiences to chinese contemporary furniture design

two years since it’s initial release in china, the book, ‘chinese contemporary furniture design’ by designer jerry J.I. chen has now been published in english translation to readers around the world. the publication showcases in beautiful detail the culture of modern chinese furniture and aims to introduce western audiences to the innovations of design in […]

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How to Survive Howard Hughes’s Hollywood

Karina Longworth’s long-running podcast about classic movies, You Must Remember This, sets out to tell the “secret, and/or forgotten history” of Hollywood in its much-mythologized golden age. Her new book, Seduction, offers an insistent, clear-eyed reminder of the fact that history does not get buried or forgotten by accident, but by design, in order to burnish […]

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12 Days of Gifting, Day 11: For the Bibliophiles

Photo: iStock As the days are at their shortest and coldest, is there anything better than curling up with a good book? Better yet, in lieu tromping through store after store or guessing at sizes online, is there anything better than walking your fingers to the laptop and gifting a good book (or several) to […]

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