this modern anxiety

I found out about this sad Damien Walker piece (edit: Walter, not Walker!) in the Guardian only via this wonderful piece by Lincoln Michel, and I suppose the real purpose of this post is to ask you to read Michel’s piece. It’s a sharp, data-driven look at why so many complaints about book culture, and so many of the claims […]

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my first column for the Observer

Hey gang, I’m excited to say that the first entry in my new column for the Observer came out in print yesterday and is now available online. It’s on the need for addressing workplace gender inequality with structural solutions, and argues that it takes more than well-meaning men in positions of power to solve these […]

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thanks

Every year, I take a moment at Thanksgiving time to express my gratitude and list some of the good things that I have in my life. Today, I find myself spoiled for choice. The past year has been one of profound professional success and personal satisfaction for me. I completed my PhD this past May. […]

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quote for the day

“I had a kind of epiphany moment when, a year or so ago, when they organized grassroots Republicans, the first wave  of the Tea Party… I was sitting in a hotel room, jumping between two channels on TV: one was Fox News. The other one was PBS. On Fox News, it was a live transmission […]

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but who’s counting

Yascha Mounk: It is no doubt true that America’s mistakes in the Middle East, from the Iraq war to the recent bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan, have helped to fan the flames. Fanning the flames. Two recent events in a century-long history of bad behavior. Maybe we could look back a […]

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what goes on in English departments

An emailer to the Atlantic‘s notes section, self-described as “a graduate student in the humanities at a major Midwestern research university,” writes: The idea, to put it simply, is that the way we represent people, places, and things is as important—if not more important—than reality itself. In fact, reality is actually itself shaped by the way it […]

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this fight will move to the statehouses

And we better get ready for it. It’s looking more and more like these recent campus protests are going to bloom into a real, widespread movement. That’s a wonderful development. We need to be proactive in defending this nascent movement, and we need to be completely honest with ourselves about the inevitable backlash and retrenchment. […]

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don’t play into the conservative frame!

The recent student protests at Yale University and the University of Missouri have provoked many fundamental questions about our universities and our political values, and rightly so. Students have demanded formal recognition and reform from university administrators, arguing that our campuses are still filled with racial inequality and discrimination. A powerful backlash has brewed, with […]

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getting past the coalition of the cool

Right now I just think there’s this fundamental problem where so many people who identify themselves as being part of the broad left define their coalition based on linguistic cues, cultural overlap, and social circles. The job of politics, at its most basic, is finding common cause with people who aren’t like you. But current […]

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