Smart people saying smart things (11.27)

Liel Leibovitz and Masha Gessen on the horrifyingly pertinent lessons learned from their grandparents. Yolanda Pierce and Hollis Phelps on white evangelicals vs. the gospel. And Katie Grimes on the fiction of the “white” working class. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (11.17)

Celia Riley, Seth Stevenson, and Jonathan Martin respond to the election. Ruth Ben-Ghiat on looking squarely at the things we’d rather not see. Maria Konnikova on why it’s so hard to tell victims they’ve been conned. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (11.11)

When I saw people tweeting the lyrics of “Everybody Knows,” I thought it was because they were so apt and incisive in this moment of history. Took me a while to realize it was because Leonard Cohen had died. Also: Adam Serwer on the media and Trump’s lies; John Scalzi on package deals; Masha Gessen on the man who ran for autocrat, and won; and words I needed from W.H. Auden. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (9.8)

Josh Marshall and Sarah Kendzior say what needs to be said as Donald Trump’s hate speech normalizes racism and nativism. Bill Lindsey on the implications of what happens to most zygotes. And Ijeoma Oluo with wise advice that every one of us will sometimes need. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (7.29)

Laurie Penny on Milo and nihilists and … a lot (just read it). Patrick Blanchfield on America’s Gun. Michelle Obama gives a speech for the ages. Prof. Patricia Leary seizes a teaching opportunity. And Binyavanga Wainaina teaches us “How to Write About Africa.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (7.2)

Sonia Sotomayor on lawless police; Ben Moberg on Orlando; Loretta Lynch on being seen; Alex Massie on the consequences of hateful rhetoric; and Carvell Wallace on the “Negro Motorist Green Book” and the meaning of home. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (5.11)

Elias Chacour, Barack Obama, Liz Plank, Rebecca Solnit and 111 United Methodist clergy and candidates discuss friends and enemies, truth and fiction, hope and cynicism. There may be a theme here. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (4.26)

Rick Perlstein on the unpleasant political lineage of Trumpism. Adam Kotsko and Deborah Jian Lee on the whiteness of white evangelicalism. Andre E. Johnson on the old arguments resurfacing as “bathroom bills.” And John Oliver on abortion laws. [Read more…]

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