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Robinson’s Revelatory Prose

Like previous critics, Michelle Orange emphasizes the role of grace in Marilynne Robinson’s new novel, Lila: Robinson’s genius is for making indistinguishable the highest ends of faith and fiction, evoking in her characters and her readers the paradox by which an individual, enlarged by the grace of God, or art, acquires selfhood in acquiring a […]

Face Of The Day

For his series Burlesque, Sean Scheidt photographed performers before and after their transformations: In his portraits, Scheidt captures the virtually nondescript everyday face of the performers. These are people who, aside from the occasional colored hair, look, well… normal. In Scheidt’s description of the work, he says that they tended to be quite reserved at […]

Sex For Commies

Colin Marshall unearths Do Communists Have Better Sex?, a 2006 documentary (NSFW) that suggests East Germans did, indeed, best their West German counterparts in bed: The documentary proposes that, for all its deficiencies, the German Democratic Republic actually put forth a remarkably progressive set of policies related to such things as birth control, divorce, abortion, […]

A Hard Sell?

A new Viagra ad, which features a woman breathily imploring viewers to talk to their doctors about the drug, prompts Ian Crouch to consider a history of advertising for E.D. drugs: [A]lthough the ad is essentially a come-on by a beautiful woman, it is refreshingly frank about sex, which means that it is markedly better […]

Dogs vs Cats: The Great Debate, Ctd

In a recent Guardian live chat, the frequently-entertaining pop philosopher Slavoj Zizek added his two cents: What do you think we can learn from cats, if anything? Nothing. I like to search for class struggle in strange domains. For example it is clear that in classical Hollywood, the couple of vampires and zombies designates class […]

The Language Of Creative Pairs

In an excerpt from his new book, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Creation in Creative Pairs, Joshua Wolf Shenk describes the ways individuals in creative partnerships communicate: When the writer David Zax visited The Daily Show to profile Steve Bodow, Jon Stewart’s head writer (and now the show’s executive producer), Zax could understand […]

A Short Story For Saturday

Today’s selection, “A Tiny Feast” by Chris Adrian, comes from the still-ungated archives of The New Yorker. How the story begins: It took them both a long time to understand that the boy was sick, though she would point out that she had been the first to notice that he was unhappy, and had sought […]

Your Moment Of Squid

Elizabeth Preston shines a spotlight on the badass, gender-bending opalescent inshore squid: Scientists have found that certain female squid can switch on and off a body pattern that makes them look male. They use a never-before-seen cell type to do it, and it may be all for the sake of keeping the actual testes owners […]

Squares Dancing

On a visit to the Gemeentemuseum in his home country of the Netherlands, Joseph O’Neill paused before a work by Piet Mondrian: There was one painting which triggered no déjà vu: Mondrian’s final work, the unfinished “Victory Boogie-Woogie”. The museum acquired it in 1998. Here was something I could inspect with critical purity. I was […]

Consumed By Cronenberg

At the age of 71, David Cronenberg has stepped away from filmmaking to pen his first novel, Consumed. Karina Longworth offers an overview of the story: Consumed begins as the story of a journalist couple, Nathan and Naomi, who travel the world separately with their laptops and high-tech portable camera packages looking for stories. They […]

Just Read The Fun Stuff?

Benjamin Hale suggests someone has to stand up for pleasurable reading: Some part of me is afraid of the reason why the college kids who want to be writers are still anxiously forcing themselves to slog through The Recognitions: because the accepted knowledge that this is a “smart” book has been handed down to them […]

A Poem For Saturday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: There is an extraordinarily elegant and moving exhibition of paper sculptures by the artist Liz Jaff, which will be up until close of day this Sunday, October 12th, at the Robert Henry Contemporary Gallery at 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn. It’s anchored by two exquisite works inspired by Elizabeth […]

“The Boko Haram Of AIDS”

Teju Cole deftly sends up CNN’s characterization of Ebola as “the ISIS of biological agents”: Is Ebola the ISIS of biological agents? Is Ebola the Boko Haram of AIDS? Is Ebola the al-Shabaab of dengue fever? Some say Ebola is the Milosevic of West Nile virus. Others say Ebola is the Ku Klux Klan of […]

Going, Going, Gone

Ruth Graham explores the world of conservation science, where a precise tally on the number of extinct species is hotly debated: Actual documented extinctions are vanishingly rare. “If you ask any member of the public to name 10 species that have gone extinct in the last century, most would really really struggle,” [conservation scientist Richard] […]

The Cultural Side Effects Of Prozac

Retro Report dusts off coverage of the antidepressant: John M. Grohol celebrates the marketing legacy of the drug, despite it not being “as great an antidepressant as its makers claimed”: Prozac showed how a mainstream marketing effort targeted toward a specific mental illness could change the entire conversation. Before its introduction, depression was stigmatized, people […]

The Straights Leaving The Closet

Christine Grimaldi visited a support group for the straight spouses of formerly closeted gays and lesbians: Straight spouses are largely absent from the national conversation about gay marriage and the modern family. Certainly, it’s easier to talk about two moms or two dads who have been together from the start than to talk about why […]

Go To Congress, Mr. President, Ctd

Aaron Blake passes along the results of a new CBS News poll showing that 62 percent of Americans think the ongoing campaign against ISIS in Syria requires congressional authorization. But that doesn’t mean it will happen: Similarly, 80 percent think member of Congress should desert the campaign trail, come back to Washington, and debate the […]

The Greatest Show In Your Butt

Martha C. Nussbaum advocates forgoing anesthesia for colonoscopies, arguing that the painless procedure is worth being awake for: Yesterday I saw my appendix. It was pink and tiny, quite hard to see, but how interesting to be introduced to it for the first time. In for a routine colonoscopy (my fourth, on account of a […]

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