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ISIS Driven Out Of Mosul Dam

by Dish Staff Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam, a major victory for them; militants deny claim.— (@PressHerald) August 18, 2014 US airstrikes have helped Kurdish forces recapture the Mosul Dam area from...Show More Summary

Greenwald Derangement Syndrome And Political Mind Reading

by Freddie deBoer Edward Snowden is a hero, in the truest sense. At the age of 29, he sacrificed a comfortable, fulfilling life, working a stable and well-paid job in Hawaii, and exposed himself to great risk—most certainly including risk to his life—out of personal conviction. Even if I were not convinced that Snowden had […]

Cashing In On Convicts?

by Dish Staff Josh Kovensky evaluates the economics of prison labor, arguing that minimum wage should apply behind bars: [T]he reason that prison labor saves money is that inmates aren’t treated like the rest of the country’s labor force. [Former prisoner Bob] Sloan, for instance, has seen a shift in prison labor since he left […]

“Hogmeat And Hoecake”

by Dish Staff Jennifer Jensen Wallach reviews Sam Bowers Hilliard’s recently reprinted Hog Meat and Hoecake: Food supply in the Old South, 1840–1860, admiring the author for examining “patterns in eight states of the former Confederacy to learn what Southerners ate and how effective they were at producing their own food”: Swine, he shows, appeared […]

Fighting Ebola With … Shoes?  

by Dish Staff Stephen T. Fomba, who grew up poor in Sierra Leone, suggests it: I didn’t mind growing up this way, for I didn’t mind work and did not know what I did not have. But I hated having to make these walks barefoot because we could not afford shoes. The injuries were too […]

We Made Police Misconduct Inevitable

by Freddie deBoer The ongoing protests and civil unrest in Ferguson, MO, is in many ways a long simmering set of problems brought to a boil. Most acutely, there’s the perfectly justifiable anger and resentment from a black population that, 50 years after the Civil Rights Act, still struggles to overcome centuries of entrenched and […]

Your Other Blogger For The Week

by Matthew Sitman Hey Dish readers – I’m Matt, the Dish’s literary editor and, this week, guest-blogger. Most of my work usually appears on the weekends, especially Sundays, so I tend to be responsible for the posts about religion that readers seem to either love or hate, and my deepest interests lean much more toward […]

Suicide Breeds Suicide

by Dish Staff Earlier this year, Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, spelled out how killing yourself makes it more likely that others will take their own lives: In the wake of Robin Williams’ death, Steven Stack reviews research on suicide contagion: [T]here have been more […]

Academics, Public Work, And Labor

by Freddie deBoer Last July, I attended the Council of Writing Program Administrator’s annual conference in Normal, Illinois. While there, I watched a keynote address given by Duane Roen, a vice provost and professor at Arizona State University. Roen’s speech addressed the great need for academics and scholars to be publicly engaged, to share their […]

Don’t Be A Stranger On The Train

by Dish Staff New research suggests you’re better off chatting up fellow commuters than staying mum: The investigation began with rail and bus commuters travelling into Chicago. Dozens of them were recruited into one of three conditions – to engage in conversation with a stranger on the train, sit in solitude, or simply behave as […]

Hello There

by Freddie deBoer Hey guys, my name is Freddie deBoer, and I’m very happy to be filling in for Andrew this week. For five years (exactly), I wrote a blog called L’Hote, which I named as a joke based on the fact that before I started blogging, I was a commenter on other people’s blogs. […]

Email Of The Day

by Dish Staff A reader writes: I am writing to say that I will miss Elizabeth Nolan Brown and Phoebe Maltz Bovy when their guest-blogging tenure is over. I am sure there are plenty of laments thrown your way about their female- and youthful-centric topics, but I have to say that the Dish has turned […]

A Poem For Sunday

by Alice Quinn “The House on the Hill” by Anne MacKay: A house for summer with lawns and porches, Edwardian books, adventure stories, the smell of musty closets, thin mattress over metal springs, blankets with holes, a cabinet of arrowheads and stones, forbidden dumb-waiter creaking, they said it was too old, odor of attics with […]

What Can Prevent Campus Rape? Ctd

by Elizabeth Nolan Brown A reader writes: I have been involved in student affairs at a college campus in some capacity for over twenty years. I have some, not a lot of, experience with sexual assault investigations. Police should always be notified, and it is their job to conduct investigations according to their established procedures. […]

The Politics Of Self-Congratulation

by Dish Staff Thomas Frank bemoans the tendency of his fellow liberals to yuck it up over Jon Stewart’s jokes about conservatives, congratulating themselves on their enlightenment, while missing “a substantial chunk of political reality ourselves.” He points to the example of a recent Russell Sage Foundation study that median household wealth in the United […]

Quote For The Day

by Matthew Sitman “For me … it’s part of a larger question, which is ‘Why are things the way they are?’ That’s what we scientists try to find out, in terms of deep laws. We don’t yet have what I call a final theory. When we do, it might shed some light on the question […]

Fighting For A Higher Power

by Dish Staff The above film, Nahkon Pathom, Thailand, is among the winners of the Smithsonian’s 2014 In Motion video contest. A description of the short documentary: Women in Thailand cannot become officially ordained buddhist monks; Chatsumarn Kabilsingh, age 68, is determined to reverse this tradition. Show More Summary

Keeping The Faith Through College

by Dish Staff Emma Green looks at a study indicating that, unlike in previous generations, a college education no longer correlates with less religiosity: “The core finding is that the association between graduating from college andShow More Summary

Mental Health Break

by Dish Staff A peaceful, timelapsed tour through Bolivia and Chile:

Somerset Maugham’s Path To Salvation

by Matthew Sitman I hadn’t realized that one of my favorite novels, Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, turned 70 this year. It’s not a very hip book to love these days, but it charms me in so many different ways – Maugham’s sketches of life in Paris, the knowing observations and incorrigible social climbing of […]

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