Smart people saying smart things (12.26)

Charles Dickens on the poor of London; Kelly J. Baker on “nice, decent folks;” Katherine Franke on the default assumptions of default identity politics; Ijeoma Oluo on the least we can do; and President Barack Obama being as Niebuhrian as the Serenity Prayer. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.15)

“The premise for empathy has to be equal humanity,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminds us. Daniel Schultz on what it is that you’re leaving if you leave white evangelicalism. Plus: Rebecca Traister on “identity politics;” John Broich on journalists and autocrats; and Church World Service on how you can help refugees. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (12.6.16)

Some very smart smart people indeed, including: Jamelle Bouie, Crystal St. Marie Lewis, Jarvis Williams, Joy Reid, and Frederick Douglass. [Read more…]

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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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