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Prisons In America: Incarceration as Political Philosophy

In the second installment of this 2-part series, Sean Beaudoin and Meg Worden discuss the prison system in America, looking at the Prison Industrial Complex as a highly intentional system of control, as well as a rarely-examined political philosophy. Continue reading

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American Car and Driver, French License

AS ADULTS, IT’S helpful to be reminded at regular intervals that we know almost nothing. My latest ineptitude prompt came as I faced—again, and in a foreign language­—questions like these: You are approaching a blind curve on a two-lane road. Do … Continue reading

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The Worst People in America: Jonathan Franzen

A poem about the alleged Great American Novelist.

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451 degrees.

Sorry, Charlie

Everyone, it seems, opposes censorship until it’s their sacred cow being smacked around; anyone can endorse artists’ rights until it’s their ass in the crosshairs. Free speech is—and must be—an all-or-nothing proposition.

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Borne Back Ceaselessly Into the Past: Steinbeck, Nostalgia, Empathy and Amtrak

What does Amtrak’s writer residency program signify about where we are artistically, culturally, and politically today? In 2014 we’re all about nostalgia, yet America’s infrastructure is slowly falling apart. Sean Murphy investigates.

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The Trump Stone

What would future interplanetary paleographers make of America, if the only remaining trace of our culture were this week’s tweets from Donald Trump and Victoria Jackson? James Greer investigates.

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