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On “Getting” Kafka

Recently, we considered how the author’s sense of injustice makes him well-suited for the Internet era. Now, in an essay that explores the many misuses of “Kafka-esque,” Sam Jordison looks back to a David Foster Wallace essay (pdf) on what makes the writer so funny: It’s not that students don’t ‘get’ Kafka’s humour but that […]

A Stand-Up Gal

Linda Holmes calls Cameron Esposito’s new comedy album, Same Sex Symbol, “raunchy and sharp, insightful and very funny”: What comes through in the record throughout is a particular point of view in which people who believe lesbian pornography represents actual lesbians, or people who believe that they’re looking for threesomes, or people who otherwise fail […]

An Otherworldly Metaphor

In an interview, Swamplandia! author Karen Russell discusses why she taught Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. “The book feels subversive to me as an adult reader,” she explains: [Stephanie Palumbo]: How does Bradbury use human activity on Mars as a metaphor? KR: He’s writing against patriotism during the Cold War. […]

Aural Sex, Ctd

A reader relates to this post on autonomous sensory meridian response: I probably won’t be the only Dish-head to write you about this, but ASMR is most definitely a physical sensation. It’s not a matter of belief. (Although it tends to attract people who believe in all manner of woo, like Reiki and chakras and […]

Is The American Political Novel Dead?

David Marcus ponders the question: Since the 1960s, the political novel has gone abroad, into exile, journeying to those countries where politics is still a signifier for action. Nadine Gordimer, V.S. Naipaul, Doris Lessing, J.M. Coetzee, André Brink became its English-language masters. Show More Summary

Mental Health Break

A genius parody of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”: (Hat tip: Jordan Smith)

Keep Those Starry Eyes Peeled

Julian Baggini identifies a “highly contagious meme [that] is spreading around the world,” one that “takes serious ideas and turns them into play, packages big subjects into small parcels, and makes negativity the deadliest of sins.” The culprit? What he terms “Generation TED”: To be progressive and radical once meant being sceptical and opposed to […]

Those Regressive Scandinavians

Cathie Jo Martin and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez note that countries with bigger welfare states tend to have less progressive taxation: The reason Northern European countries with more regressive taxes achieve such high levels of labor market equality, despite less progressive tax systems, is that they spend money on increasing the skills and earning power of low-end […]

Quote For The Day

“There’s a reason so many writers once lived [in Manhattan], beyond the convenient laundromats and the take-out food, the libraries and cafés. We have always worked off the energy generated by this town, the money-making and tower-building as much as the street art and underground cultures. Now the energy is different: the underground has almost […]

Face Of The Day

D.L. Cade describes Elido Turco’s series Dream Creatures as “a study in mirrored tree bark images”: Turco loves walking the mountain paths of his native Friuli with his wife, and for years he would use this time to try and find human forms and faces formed by the bark and roots of the trees in […]

Is Amazon A Monopoly?

Franklin Foer argues that the company is “the shining representative of a new golden age of monopoly that also includes Google and Walmart”: We seem to believe that the Web is far too fluid to fall capture to monopoly. If a site starts to develop the lameness of an AltaVista or Myspace, consumers will unhesitatingly […]

A Poem For Monday

“Morning” by Ellen Bass: after Gwendolyn Brooks The morning of her death she woke fierce, some dormant force revived, insistent. For the last time I sat my mother up, shifted the loose mass of her body to lean against me. Her dried-up legs dangled next to mine, triumphs of will, all the mornings she forced […]

A Terrorized Foreign Policy

Arguing that the Middle East is not nearly as important to US interests as we’re led to believe, Justin Logan deconstructs the notion that we focus so heavily on the region because of terrorism: This explanation for why the Middle East supposedly matters is peculiar, in that the basic contours of U.S. policy in the […]

The Gray Divorcee

Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin note that Americans over 50 are twice as likely to get divorced as they were in 1990 – and that, unlike for younger couples, education appears to offer no protection against a split. They explain: One reason for this is what we might call the divorce echo effect. Older individuals […]

Happy Columbus Indigenous People’s Day!

That’s what residents of Seattle and Minneapolis, and schoolchildren in Portland, Oregon, are celebrating today. Daniel Beekman reports that “Native American activists laughed, wept and sang their way out of Seattle’s City Hall on Monday...Show More Summary

The Ingredients Of Innovation

In an excerpt from his new book, The Innovators: How A Group Of Hackers, Geniuses, And Geeks Created The Digital Revolution, Walter Isaacson argues that “the truest creativity of the digital age came from those who were able to connect the arts and sciences”: They believed that beauty mattered. “I always thought of myself as […]

A Poem For Sunday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: Last week, the Poetry Society of America presented a reading by Kevin Simmonds and Ellen Bass at the very cool McNally Jackson bookstore in Soho as part of our ongoing series there. The poets are friends from San Francisco, and the reading had that radiant quality events do when […]

A Story About Prayers And Pillow Talk

Elna Baker, who was raised as a Mormon, hilariously recounts a moment of truth she faced after falling in love with an atheist: Elna subsequently left the faith a few years later, and shares that story, as well as how she came out to her parents about losing her virginity, here. The Glamour piece she […]

The Sanity Of Francis Fukuyama

He’s long been a hero of mine – intellectually and politically. He broke with the neocons over the Iraq catastrophe and was subjected to the familiar payback of ostracism, but went on to produce scholarly work as impressive as his The End of History and The Last Man, specifically the magisterial and widely acclaimed books, […]

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