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The Land Where Angela Davis Is Queen

The Land Where Angela Davis Is Queen

In the immediate aftermath of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the Chancellor and the Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at my alma mater, the University of California, Santa Cruz, issued a joint proclamation condemning the verdict. It began with this: We are disheartened and dismayed by

Meghann McCracken
Meghann McCracken
22 min read
Education
The Schenker Controversy

The Schenker Controversy

In the realization of my plan, I will not permit myself to be distracted by anything in the world, and it is my conviction that the truth, however anybody may try to assault, ignore, or otherwise abuse it, will nevertheless prevail. ~Heinrich Schenker Located in the Neue Israelitische Friedhof [the

Timothy L. Jackson
Timothy L. Jackson
20 min read
Art and Culture
Brutal and Unreformed—Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Straw Dogs’ at 50

Brutal and Unreformed—Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Straw Dogs’ at 50

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following analysis discusses the film in its entirety and features spoilers throughout. I. December 22nd will be the 50th anniversary of the release of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, a film so marked by violent killings and violent sex that, according to Peckinpah’s biographer, David

Charlotte Allen
Charlotte Allen
32 min read
Arts and Culture
How D.B. Cooper and the Golden Age of Air Piracy Changed Aviation Fiction

How D.B. Cooper and the Golden Age of Air Piracy Changed Aviation Fiction

Frank Sinatra's “Come Fly With Me” was the best-selling album in the United States for five weeks in 1958, but the irony of its popularity (or, perhaps, the source of its aspirational appeal) is that practically none of us could take up the offer to "glide, starry-eyed" on an aircraft

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
32 min read
Art and Culture
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Meaning of Human Suffering

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Meaning of Human Suffering

There is only one thing that I dread: Not to be worthy of my sufferings. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky I mean, I got one life, right? Mine. But fuck, I want somebody else's sometimes. Sometimes I just feel like I'm fighting for a life I just ain't got time to live. I

Samuel Kronen
Samuel Kronen
25 min read
Art and Culture
Bad News—A Review

Bad News—A Review

A review of Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy by Batya Ungar-Sargon. Encounter, 312 pages. (October 2021) In Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy, Batya Ungar-Sargon, the deputy opinion editor of Newsweek (where, full disclosure, she has published two of my essays), argues that elite left-wing

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
20 min read
Politics
Sandinista! The US Left and Nicaragua

Sandinista! The US Left and Nicaragua

When the Sandinista insurgency overthrew the barbaric dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in 1979, many on the international Left believed that Nicaragua had become a nation alive with political possibility. American radicals, in particular, understood the revolutionary new government led by Daniel Ortega to be a noble rebuke to the hegemony

Ronald Radosh
Ronald Radosh
17 min read
Politics
The Good Death—Cancel Culture and the Logic of Torture

The Good Death—Cancel Culture and the Logic of Torture

Cancellation is a public execution, during which a person is pilloried and destroyed. But while we have become used to the cycle of manufactured outrage that preludes every cancellation, the desperate public apologies, and the devastating consequences for the people whose lives are ruined, we are often at a loss

Christophe Van Eecke
Christophe Van Eecke
19 min read
Politics