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On The Front Lines Of Indigenous Activism
When I was 18, I was really done with the rez, and so I moved away. A couple of my friends died from suicide while I was gone. And a couple more got murdered. When I came back, it was very traumatic. So many of our people we know end up trying to kil
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Scott Galloway: Tech Companies Should Be Broken Up
In this episode of Keen On, Andrew talks to Scott Galloway, the bestselling author of The Four and Algebra of Happiness and New York University business professor, about what’s gone wrong in the digital economy, why breaking up the largest tech compa
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On Coming Of Age In A Discount Supermarket
It is the summer that you are 16, and it is the summer of your first job bagging groceries at Viva Mart, the store that used to be Market Basket, the one in the Five Points Plaza, where Garvey Avenue intersects with Valley Boulevard and Mountain View
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Who Has the Right to Write About Hurricane Katrina?
Moving through Sarah M. Broom’s debut, The Yellow House, felt like a homecoming. The author and I are different in many ways: age, and race, where we were when Katrina hit, the nature of our connection to New Orleans, where we are in our writing live
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In the Age of Political Thugs
This one is red, communist red, the color of tomato paste and new cars. South Dakota has been easily carried by the Republicans in every election since 2000, when the color scheme of conservative “red” states and liberal “blue” states was cemented in
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On the Activism of Marlon Brando, Before the Fame
At the Park Savoy Hotel on West 58th Street, the pay phone in the first-floor hallway was jangling. When someone picked it up, they heard Bill Liebling ask if Marlon Brando still lived there. No, Liebling was told, Marlon had left the hotel some time
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Lit Hub Recommends: Stevie Nicks, Aimee Bender, and The Yellow House
Dark, Netflix’s first original German-language series, is batshit. Take the small-town murder mystery of Twin Peaks (minus the kitschy humor), the transhistorical religious conspiracism of The Da Vinci Code, and the race against/across time, time-tra
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Rumi Priestly Poet Of Love And Master Of The One Liner
Rumi was a master of the one-liner, or, in the parlance of classical Persian poetry, pearls. Of all the one-line pearls he strung into ghazals—short, intense lyric poems about as long as sonnets—my personal favorite, at least this month, as they are
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The Best Time to Practice Stoicism? When Your Flight is Canceled
I was flying across the United States and had to make a connection in Chicago. The plane that would have taken me home was delayed by weather. When it finally arrived, we were asked to board, but as soon as we got seated, we were asked to deplane. Th
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“In All Of Love Has There Ever Been Such A Lover As You?”
In all of love has there ever been such a lover as you? Out of desire for you, even kings wear tattered robes. Solomon stands at each of the four corners of your tablecloth, Drunk with your presence, sharing his meals with the poor. Out of love for y
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When Stephen King is Your Father, the World is Full of Monsters
We had a new monster every night. I had this book I loved, Bring on the Bad Guys. It was a big, chunky paperback collection of comic-book stories, and as you might guess from the title, it wasn’t much concerned with heroes. It was instead an antholog
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On the Radical Misremembering of Childhood
I remember a show that may not have existed. A variety type show with western leanings, but one that was hosted by guitar man Jerry Reed. This was just about the time that he was singing “Eastbound and Down,” and starring in Smokey and the Bandit as
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The Incredibly English Art of Mole-Catching
Molecatchers produce advertising flyers and build websites. They tell you that moles on airstrips can cause serious problems for landing aircraft, that the tunnels they dig can cave in under the weight of a galloping horse and riders can be thrown. H
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Henrietta Lovell, the Tea Lady, Reveals Secrets of the Trade
I should warn you, drinking too much tea can make you high and reckless. I have seen chefs bouncing off the walls of my tasting rooms. Really. They get so revved up on the caffeine and the rush of new experiences that they’re unable to sit down. Unca
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How Does One Actually Prove a Human is Smarter Than a Housefly?
Nerve impulses sprint along neurons at up to 400 km (250 mi.) per hour as we read and think, monitoring our heart and lungs, tensing and relaxing muscles and managing the motion of our gut. Trillions of these signals conduct the mechanical tasks of l
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Nobel Prize-Winner Olga Tokarczuk in Conversation with John Freeman
Olga Tokarczuk, alongside Peter Handke, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Literary Hub’s John Freeman spoke with her earlier this year about her novel Flights, onstage with translator Jennifer Croft. * John Freeman: Flights travels thro
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Shea Serrano on John Wick, Worldbuilding, and Superfans
This week on The Maris Review, Shea Serrano joins Maris Kreizman to discuss his new book, Movies (And Other Things), now available from Twelve Books. On the author’s responsibility to promote his or her book: Shea: Here’s the thing: I feel that same
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Anyone But The People: Rebecca Solnit On The Party Of Trump’s Attack On Democracy
One of the failures of journalism is the way that news appears in fragments, though  understanding comes from putting the pieces together. Reading of the arrest of two of Rudolf Giuliani’s associates for conspiring “to circumvent the federal laws aga
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Dystopia and Shame: On the Road with California’s Climate Migrants
My evening commute takes me north on Highway 280 towards San Francisco. One hundred and fifty miles to the east, Paradise is burning at the heart of the largest wildfires in California’s long and storied history of fires. The thick smoke, which blank
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A Poet’s Case for Wasting Time
One of the lesser-known songs in the extensive corpus of Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) is a masterpiece produced by DJ Honda entitled “Travellin’ Man.” While fans of the song might be limited to devotees of hip hop’s golden age, its sentiments tap into a
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Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Giant of Kenyan Letters
Just thirty kilometres outside of Nairobi, off the Nakuru highway, the land becomes flatter and less populated. An unassuming field beyond Limuru gives way to several isolated buildings behind a rusty gate. This is Kamirithu Polytechnic, the present
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What Are the Actual Chances of Being Buried Alive?
What if they make a mistake and bury me when I’m just in a coma? Okay, so to be clear, you don’t want to be buried alive, is that correct? Got it. Lucky for you, you don’t live in Ye Olden Times! During Ye Olden Times (before the 20th century), docto
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When a Hurricane Hits: A Story of America’s Urban Rise and Fall
The geography of the Delaware Bay offered a hint at what Hurricane Sandy would bring to the Bayshore. Between the Cape May Peninsula and the narrow spit of sand that makes up Delaware’s Cape Henlopen State Park, the bay’s mouth stretches just over el
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Why Office Workers Can’t Sleep (and Why That’s Bad)
Ever since the discovery that light—and particularly blue light—can suppress melatonin and alter the timing of our circadian clocks, evidence has been building that exposure to even low levels of light in the evening and during the early part of the
Literary Hub5 min readFood & Wine
The Bougie, Classist History of Eggs Benedict
If getting to the bottom of Eggs Benedict weren’t already difficult enough—there are invention stories from several Benedicts, most of them scant and secondhand, plus some confusing cookbooks—then you find out about “The Rich Fool and the Clever Paup
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In Which Daniel Mendelsohn Wishes Someone Would Ask Him About Gardening
Daniel Mendelsohn’s Ecstasy and Terror is available now from New York Review Books. * Which book(s) do you return to again and again? Obviously, as someone deeply invested in the “classics” (in both sense of that word, with both a big and a little “c
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If Shakespeare’s Juliet Was an Advice Columnist, What Would You Ask Her?
Every year, more than 10,000 handwritten letters addressed to Juliet are sent to Verona, Italy, where Romeo and Juliet is set. The Juliet Club is a nonprofit cultural organization started by Giulio Tamassia and currently managed by his daughter, Giov
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Introducing The House of SpeakEasy Podcast
Hosted by SpeakEasy’s co-founders, Amanda Foreman and Lucas Wittmann, The House of SpeakEasy podcast will feature previously recorded storytelling performances recorded live at their Seriously Entertaining shows at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater in
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The Inbox: A Scattered, Ad-Ridden Archive of Our Lives
To examine our inboxes is to examine our lives: our desires and dreams, our families and careers, our status, our networks and our social groupings, our projects, our commerce, our politics, our secrets/lies/fetishes. Inboxes are anthropological gold
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Five Books You May Have Missed in September
A few weeks ago I was talking to a colleague about where we reviewers and critics cut corners—and where we absolutely won’t. This column falls into the no-corners-cut category for me. I can’t read every single book I consider for the list, but I do r
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