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Who Gets to Claim Kafka?

A court battle between German and Israeli archives over his manuscripts raised literary, not just legal, questions.<p>An admirer of Franz Kafka’s once presented him with a specially bound volume of three of his stories. Kafka’s reaction was vehement: “My scribbling … is nothing more than my own …

Literature

A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes

"Not giving a shit takes the wind out of an asshole's sails."<p>The world is full of assholes. Wherever you live, whatever you do, odds are you’re surrounded by assholes. The question is, what to do about it?<p>Robert Sutton, a psychology professor at Stanford University, has stepped up to answer this …

Physiology

How Lolita Seduces Us All

A new book about a terrible crime sheds light on the novel’s enduring allure.<p>Let us now reread the old texts, examining them with a cold eye to determine what they reveal about the #MeToo transgressions of the artistic past. Even the popular entertainments must be probed for common savagery. Molly …

Literature

The Value of the ‘Female Gaze’ in Film

A fantastic new retrospective series at Lincoln Center examines the work of women cinematographers, who are woefully underrepresented in the medium.<p>Not a word is spoken in the final sequence of Claire Denis’s 1999 film <i>Beau Travail</i>. A loose adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel <i>Billy Budd</i> set in the …

The Arts

Book Breaking and Book Mending

Most academic books aren’t written to be read—they’re written to be “broken.” That should change.<p>In January, Karin Wulf, a history professor at …

Writing

‘Access to Literacy’ Is Not a Constitutional Right, Judge in Detroit Rules

Do students at poorly performing schools have a constitutional right to a better education?<p>On Friday, a Federal District Court judge in Michigan decided that they did not when he dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by students at troubled schools in Detroit.<p>The suit, filed in September 2016, …

Education

Behold This Disastrously Bad Op-Ed Calling for Amazon to Replace Libraries

For those who have remained blissfully off of Twitter, a site that remains uncomfortably popular with sociopaths and morons like me, the “ratio” is …

Libraries

Target's Coupon Fix for Cash-Strapped Teachers

The retailer’s new back-to-school discount says a lot about the state of education funding in the United States.<p>In a textbook feel-good business move, the retail giant Target is offering a coupon to teachers this week that gives them 15 percent off select school supplies through Saturday. The …

Personal Finance

The next year for HBO will be ‘like childbirth,’ AT&T’s new media CEO tells employees

AT&T’s top media executive walked into HBO recently and told the highly respected entertainment company’s staff that they needed to work harder and make more money, and that they were lucky to have been purchased by AT&T, according to <i>The New York Times</i>, which listened to a leaked recording of the …

The Rise of College ‘Grade Forgiveness’

Universities are letting students take classes over again—a consequence of the pressure schools feel to ensure their “customers” are satisfied.<p>Over the course of the past three decades, the A has become the most common grade given out on American college campuses. In 2015, 42 percent of grades were …

College & University

James Joyce’s Crayon Covered Manuscript Pages for Ulysses and Finnegans Wake

Even the most avid James Joyce fans surely have times when they open <i>Finnegans Wake</i> and wonder how on Earth Joyce wrote the thing. Painstakingly, it …

Welcome to TV's golden age of "What the hell did I just watch?"

Sunday night was the season finale of <i>Westworld</i>—an episode whose plot points I will not be spoiling here, because to do so would suggest not only that …

This app will send you tiny short stories via push notification

Serial Box is experimenting with super-short fiction with Microfiction Mondays<p>A couple years ago, startup publisher Serial Box launched with an aim to publish stories in a slightly different way: tell a longer story by breaking it up into manageable, shorter stories, written by a team of writers. …

A small group of Star Wars fans has declared rebellion against Disney

While still reeling from the mere $350 million raked in by <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i>, as well as rumors that some of the three planned <i>Star Wars</i> …

Westworld’s Virtual Afterlife Might Not Be Fiction

HBO’s drama added a layer of complication—and real-world relevance—by introducing digitally simulated locations in its second season.<p><b>This post contains spoilers through the end of the second season of Westworld.</b><p>When <i>Westworld</i> premiered in October of 2016, the show quickly made clear that it would …

Virtual Reality

Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate Strikes Mention of “Core Democratic Values” From State Social Studies Standards

A Michigan state senator and gubernatorial candidate struck the word “democratic” from the phrase “core democratic values” in the state’s proposed …

Here’s How Higher Education Dies

A futurist says the industry may have nowhere to go but down. What does the slide look like?<p>Maybe higher education has reached its peak. Not the Harvards and Yales of the world, but the institutions that make up the rest of the industry—the regional public schools who saw decades of growth and are …

Higher Education

How Three Billboards went from film fest darling to awards-season controversy

It’s a question of redemption.<p>Martin McDonagh’s <i>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</i> seemed poised from the start to be an awards-season steamroller. It boasts a bevy of strong performances led by Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson, and a barnburning screenplay by McDonagh — …

How 1960s Film Pirates Sold Movies Before the FBI Came Knocking

It was a Friday evening in 1975, and Woody Wise was driving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, with his two kids in the car. He had picked them up …

An Unusual Idea for Fixing School Segregation

What if the answer lies in changing how college admissions work?<p>Many proposals for addressing school segregation seem pretty small, especially when compared to the scale and severity of the problem. Without the power of a court-ordered desegregation mandate, progress can feel extremely far off, if …

Education

Discover David Lynch’s Bizarre & Minimalist Comic Strip, The Angriest Dog in the World (1983-1992)

Most David Lynch fans discover him through his films. But those of us who read alternative weekly newspapers in their 1980s and 90s heyday may well …

A Santa Fe High School student says she expected to be shot at one day

“It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt it would eventually happen here.”<p>The Friday morning school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas happened three months and four days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. Since Parkland, …

The irresolvable moral dilemma at the heart of Avengers: Infinity War

Say a prayer for those who will write the sequel.<p>Superhero movies are often dismissed as teen adventure flicks writ large. But for my money, Marvel Studios has been downright daring in raising difficult, and very adult, moral dilemmas.<p>The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest entry, <i>Avengers: Infinity</i> …

Zora Neale Hurston’s story of the last Middle Passage survivor is in print, 90 years later

Barracoon tells the story of a man who survived Middle Passage, slavery, and the Jim Crow South.<p>At the beginning of <i>Barracoon</i>, the previously unpublished book by Zora Neale Hurston that has at last been released, Hurston turns her attention to the “innumerable books and papers that have been …

Black History

The striking, uncomfortable, poetic Yellow Negroes And Other Imaginary Creatures is a must-read comic  

The first story in <i>Yellow Negroes And Other Imaginary Creatures</i> (New York Review Comics) is titled “Love,” and in a few brief pages establishes the …

The 99% Is a Myth—Here's How It Really Breaks Down

The Communist Manifesto Gets a Comic Adaptation That's Both Nightmarish and Timely

As widely regarded as Karl Marx’s <i>Communist Manifesto</i> is, it can be easy to forget that the scathing, seminal critique of capitalism and the …

How an author trademarking the word “cocky” turned the romance novel industry inside out

“Some would call it trademark bullying.”<p>Gentle reader: Before we delve into the long tale that lies ahead — a tale of hubris, furious romance novelists, and intellectual property law — I ask you to take a moment to contemplate all of the “cocky” puns to which I, your humble reporter, have …

Intellectual Property

Letters: Why Is State Funding for Public Universities Declining?

Readers debate questions of cause and effect when it comes to government spending on public higher education and student diversity.<p>American Higher Education Hits a Dangerous Milestone<p><i>Ronald Brownstein reported recently that state funding for public colleges and universities has declined as student</i> …

Higher Education

The Scientific Case for Two Spaces After a Period

A new study proves that half of people are correct. The other is also correct.<p>This is a time of much division. Families and communities are splintered by polarizing narratives. Outrage surrounds geopolitical discourse—so much so that anxiety often becomes a sort of white noise, making it …

Research