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The Races In Play This Year

Sam Wang compares this election to past ones: Journalists and pundits have lavished considerable attention on the question of who will control the Senate in 2015. But a broader phenomenon has escaped notice: the sheer number of close state-level races, both in the Senate and in statehouses. At risk are many incumbents who were elected […]

The Debt Collector’s Dilemma

For his book Bad Paper, Jake Halpern investigated the world of American debt collectors. In a review, Thomas Geoghegan considers what makes people pay up: In [debt collector and ex-con Brandon] Wilson’s case—and I admit I came to like Wilson—it’s because he knows how to “marry the debtor.” He doesn’t threaten; he doesn’t talk about […]

Animal Skyways, Ctd

Andrew D. Blechman notes a collaboration between the Montana Department of Transportation and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes that “led to the creation of the most progressive and extensive wildlife-oriented road design program in the country”: The 56-mile segment of Highway 93 now contains 41 fish and wildlife underpasses and overpasses, as well as […]

Age Ain’t Nothing But A Bias

Bruce Grierson revisits a surprising study from 1981 that suggests as much: The men in the experimental group were told not merely to reminisce about this earlier era [1959], but to inhabit it – to “make a psychological attempt to be the person they were 22 years ago,” [psychologist Ellen Langer] told me. “We have […]

The Best Of The Dish Today

And you thought I was exaggerating about the rise and rise of sponsored content: As The Times’ readership goes mobile, the publication will phase out display ads in favor of native advertising. “Display has real value, but it feels transitional, specifically when you’re talking about a smartphone-centric world. Advertisements are going to have to be […]

The Smears Of The Matthew Shepard Foundation

It’s well worth reading a story in the Guardian/Observer today about the famous and horrifying murder of Matthew Shepard. The Guardian is a left-leaning paper, but it is not American and therefore has some interest in the actual truth of the affair, as opposed to the propaganda. And it largely echoes the superb reporting of […]

End-Of-Life Literature

In an interview about his new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, the surgeon and writer Atul Gawande runs down the literary influences that inform his approach to medicine: What books most influenced your decision to become a doctor, and your approach to medicine? Who are your favorite physician-writers? I have […]

The Sound Of Guilt

Reviewing Peter Sellars’ “already legendary” staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, which was performed in New York City earlier this month, Alex Ross explores the distinctive theological vision that informs the oratorio: Martin Luther, in a treatise on the Crucifixion in 1519, had grim tidings for those of his followers who wished to lay the […]

Why We Long For The Zombie Apocalypse

As Halloween approaches, Paul Pastor offers a theological gloss on monster stories, calling them “a quick route to our hearts” and holding that “our fears shed light on our loves, on our priorities, on our hopes, on the thousand things that form who we are”: Our monster stories reveal deep-set fears, but they also unveil […]

“You Have Every Reason To Be Depressed”

Art Rosman re-reads Walker Percy’s mock-self-help book, Lost in the Cosmos, noting that Percy “does not think that depression is merely a problem to be medicated away, but rather a rational response to the state of our world”: Let’s start with how Percy takes a quick stock of modern life by answering the question why […]

Get Sartre

We recently looked back at why Sartre turned down the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature. Now, Stuart Jeffries elaborates on the philosopher’s refusal and considers why “so much of his lifelong intellectual struggle and his work still seems pertinent” today: When we read the “Bad Faith” section of Being and Nothingness, it is hard not […]

Mental Health Break

Filmmaker Vince Di Meglio edits together twenty-nine films to showcase the stunning visuals of silent-film legend Buster Keaton:

Use Your Illusion

Daniel Dennett applauds Alfred R. Mele’s Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will, which picks apart a range of experiments from recent decades that purportedly show free will is an illusion: A curious fact about these forays into philosophy is that almost invariably the scientists concentrate on the least scientifically informed, most simplistic conceptions of […]

Marble In Motion

The above excerpt from Yuri Ancarani’s documentary Il Capo depicts the process of extracting marble from a quarry with unusual beauty: Ancarani was captivated by the otherworldly landscapes of the quarry. He spent nearly a year filming on Monte Bettolgi, in the Carrara region of the Apuan Alps, in Northwest Italy, eventually deciding to focus […]

A Poem For Sunday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: I found this declaration on the website of the Poetry Foundation, where so many satisfying capsule biographies of poets can be found along with reference to relevant and available scholarship. “Modern readers looking for [Adelaide] Crapsey’s work are hard-pressed to find it in any anthology printed after 1950.” That’s […]

Quote For The Day

“Justice has always been a human ideal, but it is not fully compatible with mercy. Creative imagination and spontaneity, splendid in themselves, cannot be fully reconciled with the need for planning, organization, careful and responsible calculation. Show More Summary

Robinson’s Revelatory Prose, Ctd

Reviewing Marilynne Robinson’s Lila, Rowan Williams claims it “is, at one important level, a novel about the inadequacy of goodness”: The world of Gilead is full of virtue and kindness; but it survives by denying something. When Lila, newly baptised, hears Ames and Boughton having a mild theological dispute about the fate of un­believers, she […]

Face Of The Day

Ellen Ruddick-Sunstein highlights Taiwanese photographer Yun-Fei Tou‘s Memento Mori, a series of photographs that “captures the final minutes in the lives of hundreds of shelter dogs awaiting euthanasia”: For each, he visits on the day of their predetermined deaths. In the last instants of their existence, he often plays with them, feeds them, and gives […]

Coming Around To Kierkegaard

Pankaj Mishra admits he thought there was “something haughty” about Kierkegaard’s The Two Ages when he first read it as a young man. Revisiting the text this summer, however, he better understood the insights of a book that “deplores the mass society that in the mid-19th century was coming into being across Europe, and what […]

The Reinvention Of Evil

John Gray investigates how we understand evil today – and looks back with appreciation at the wisdom of St. Augustine, who found “the source of evil within human beings”: In its official forms, secular liberalism rejects the idea of evil. Many liberals would like to see the idea of evil replaced by a discourse of […]

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