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Everyone’s Hooked on Netflix’s 3 Body Problem

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Based on Cixin Liu’s megapopular sci-fi novels, 3 Body Problem is an engrossing spectacle about alien invasion. It’s a welcome 21st-century twist on the old War of the Worlds premise.

War News

Beau Beausoleil Agitate! Journal
San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil writes a poem each day during the current war in Gaza.

How German Atheists Made America Great Again

S. C. Gwynne New York Times
What was the Civil War about? In a word, slavery. The driving force in American politics in the decades after the American Revolution was the rise of an arrogant, ruthless, parasitic oligarchy in the South, built on God-ordained economic inequality.

Maker of Wegovy, Ozempic Showers Money on U.S. Obesity Doctors

Chad Terhune and Robin Respaut Reuters
Drugmaker Novo Nordisk paid at least $25.8 million to an elite group of U.S. obesity specialists who advocate giving its expensive weight-loss drugs to millions of Americans. Payments also go to persuade skeptical insurers to pay for it.

Palm Royale Is a Weak Critique of the “Bubble” of the Rich

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Showing that rich women in 1969 are “living in a bubble” is like demonstrating that, as ever, water is wet. But even if Palm Royale was meant to deliver messages of great satirical significance, it’s too weak to carry them.

To Eugene J. Loveman

By Alexander F. Bergman They Look Like ME
A long-lost elegy remains a tribute to an American volunteer in the Spanish Civil War.

Through a Grid, Darkly

Adrienne Raphel Los Angeles Review of Books
This book, writes reviewer Raphel, "is both a memoir and a cultural analysis of American crosswords from the 1910s through the 2010s."