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Why Are Book Reviews So Boring?

by Dish Staff Elisabeth Donnelly wagers that part of the reason “is that the people doing the reviewing are the writers and people in the book industry who are working in a similar genre”: Book criticism, unlike other genres, is notoriously insular, like a meeting of Harvard men making Harvard plans for world domination at […]

A Poem For Saturday

by Alice Quinn Evenings of these balmy August days, while riding my bicycle, I glimpse deer stepping out from the edges of thickets—including fawns and young bucks with delicate horns. This poem by Edmund Spenser springs naturally to mind although it’s sweetly clear that he had something else on his. It’s one of more than […]

Words For The Wasted

by Dish Staff Planning to get blotto, schnockered or plonked this Labor Day weekend? David Crystal reflects on assembling an “almost complete list of every word we’ve ever used to mean ‘drunk'”: Being drunk cuts across barriers. The list … shows only the occasional indication of a class preference (such as genteel whiffled vs thieves’ […]

Beauty As Investment, Ctd

by Dish Staff Oh hey there, @CVS_Extra. Nice new makeup line you got yourselves there: #makeupacademy— SELF Magazine (@SELFmagazine) August 12, 2014 Autumn Whitefield-Madrano has more to say...Show More Summary

Here Today, Gone Forever?

by Sue Halpern Buried – sorry – in Biz Carson’s fascinating obituary of Hal Finney, who died this week from ALS, is a small aside with large implications. Finney, who was 58, was the first owner of bitcoins besides developer Satoshi Nakamoto (not his real name). This was in 2008, in a somewhat serendipitous turn […]

Mixing With The Classics

by Chas Danner A reader responds to Wednesday’s Mental Health Break: Mozart Rap is nothing new – see the above version by Turkey’s rap superstar, Ceza. The text is not quite as wholesome as the one you showed, but it is a trenchant comment on the ills of Turkish society and politics today. Mozart’s Turkish […]

Brilliant Women Who Explain Things To Me

by Phoebe Maltz Bovy Rebecca Mead describes the challenges Cambridge classics professor Mary Beard has faced as a prominent female academic: At Cambridge [in 1972], the inequities of gender began to dawn on Beard. “Most of the people who taught us in the faculty were blokes,” she says. “There were only twelve per cent women […]

A Short Story For Saturday

by Dish Staff This weekend’s short story selection is Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain,” which begins with these arresting paragraphs: Anders couldn’t get to the bank until just before it closed, so of course the line was endless and he got stuck behind two women whose loud, stupid conversation put him in a murderous […]

Face Of The Day

by Dish Staff David Samuel Stern creates dizzying portraits by weaving together two separate vellum prints: This way of abstracting the images does not only offer his subjects a way to hide within themselves, but also turns digital photography into physical objects by adding geometric texture. Being poets, choreographers, artists or programmers, all of the […]


by Dish Staff Jesse Bering reviews research suggesting that not only can people accurately match dogs’ faces to their owners, but also that “our faces also bear an uncanny resemblance to the frontend views of our automobiles.” Participants in a study were given a picture of a car and asked to rank its possible owners […]

The Essential Creepiness Of DFW Fandom, Ctd

by Dish Staff An 11-year-old DFW superfan recreated Infinite Jest with Legos: [English professor Kevin] Griffith and his son [Sebastian] had the idea to “translate” Infinite Jest into Lego after reading Brendan Powell Smith’s The Brick Bible, which takes on the New Testament. “Wallace’s novel is probably the only contemporary text to offer a similar […]

Map Of The Day

by Dish Staff Reed Jordan spotlights our schools’ racial segregation: Despite our country’s growing diversity, our public schools provide little contact between white students and students of color. We’ve mapped data about the racial composition of U.S. public schools to shed light on today’s patterns at the county level. These maps show that America’s public […]

On Learning New Things

by Bill McKibben It turns out that Ta-Nehisi Coates spent the summer just down the hill, at Middlebury College where Sue and I both hang our hats. In the summer Middlebury’s famous language school–which makes students sign a pledge that they’ll only speak the language they’re studying all summer–takes over the campus, and this year […]

Death To Monarchs, Ctd

by Sue Halpern Finally a little good news to offset the bad news in my earlier post about the precipitous decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population. The first is that this year’s population appears to be more robust than last year’s, which plummeted to an all-time low. Monarch watchers at Ontario’s Point Pelee Park, […]

Abortion By Mail

by Dish Staff Emily Bazelon profiles doctor and reproductive-rights activist Rebecca Gomperts, who “started Women on Web, a ‘telemedicine support service’ for women around the world who are seeking medical abortions.” Why Gomperts’ work matters: Almost 40 percent of the world’s population lives in countries, primarily in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Persian Gulf, […]

The Slums Of The Future, Ctd

by Dish Staff Mumbai slum dwellers everyday's water bucket challenge— (@rajennair) August 27, 2014 We know that the world’s slums are growing, but are the world’s major urban centers growing into slums? Joel Kotkin...Show More Summary

The Relentless Warmongers

by Dish Staff Matt Steinglass sighs at the aimless hawkishness of American foreign policy elites when it comes to the Middle East: William Kristol, as ever, manages to distill the rot down to its ludicrous essence: “What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens? I don’t think […]

White Lady Makeovers

by Dish Staff Linda Holmes saves her readers the trouble of watching a new reality show that involves black women making over white ones: The black women on Girlfriend Intervention, like the gay men who did the work on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, are supposedly being saluted for their (stereotypically) superior style and […]

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