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Marx

Bill Bowring Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
A new introduction to Karl Marx and his legacy.

The Queer Coming-of-Age Movie Arrives

Spencer Kornhaber The Atlantic
For some kids rule-breaking is less a route toward self-definition than a requirement built into existence. That’s the reality recognized by a recent crop of films centered on the queer teen, a figure who until now has been cinematically marginal.

Is Peanut Butter Good for You?

Sophia Gottfried Time Health
Peanut butter, despite its high fat content, is a nutritional treasure, full of protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins.

POLITICAL DISCOURSE IN AMERICA, 2018

Charlotte Muse
It’s the opposite of attention deficit disorder, observes poet Charlotte Muse; we inhabit “a cloud of mosquitoes,” while the other guy gets richer, stronger.

Looking Back at the 2016 Campaign

Christian Lorentzen Bookforum
Ben Fountain's "Beautiful Country Burn Again" revisits (and tries to make historical sense of) the convulsions of the 2016 election as prelude to--and forewarning of--the perfervid run-up in Trump country to the 2018 midterm contests.

America: The Farewell Tour

Tony Weller Tony's Blog: Weller Book Works
"Hedges’ assessment of the sickness of our times is searing in its directness," writes reviewer Weller. "His rage is palpable in his scolding of the system we take for granted, one we preserve at our own peril."

Rice: a primer

Harvard T. H. Chan Harvard T. H. Chan newsletter
Rice is a main staple in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Thousands of types of rice are cooked throughout the world in more than 100 countries.

The Romanoffs Defends the Men of #MeToo

Sophie Gilbert The Atlantic
“Bearing false witness is the worst crime that you can commit,” says a character in the most recent episode of the Amazon series "The Romanoffs".