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Best novels and fiction books of 2014

The must-read novels and short story collections of the year<p><b>THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH BY RICHARD FLANAGAN</b>(Chatto, 464pp)<p>A haunting story of POWs on the notorious Burma railway, which won the Man Booker prize<p>Read our review of <b>The Narrow Road to the Deep North</b><p>Buy <b>The Narrow Road to the Deep</b> …

Ten Indie Titles the National Book Awards Overlooked

<i>by Kristen Radtke and Michael Taeckens</i><p>As is seemingly inevitable, the unveiling of the National Book Award long lists this week generated as much …

Brian the Mentally Ill Bonobo, and How He Healed

It took a troop of apes, and a psychiatrist, and a little Paxil.<p>Things were not looking good for Brian. He'd been kept from the affection of his mother—and all other women—and raised alone by his father, who sexually traumatized him. Normal social interactions were impossible for him. He couldn't …

The Two Kinds of Bowe Bergdahl Backlash

The release of an American prisoner of war from Taliban custody raises questions about how he was captured and the legality of the exchange that freed him.<p>No sooner had the yellow ribbons started to come down from the trees than the backlash started up. Not everyone is delighted about the Obama …

This is not what democracy looks like: The long, slow death of Jefferson’s dream

<b>Marco Rubio, Thomas Jefferson (Reuters/Gary Cameron/Salon)</b><p>From Thomas Piketty to Cliven Bundy to GOP climate trolls, democracy is in deep crisis. What comes next?<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>May 17, 2014 4:30pm (UTC)<p>In the glory days of the anti-globalization movement, circa the “Battle in Seattle” of 1999, there …

AA is not a fraud: Why haters are afraid to listen

<b>(microstockonline via iStock/Falcona via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Here’s why the program works, no matter what critics say: It’s really about listening, living, spirituality and joy<p>Ernest Kurtz<p>May 17, 2014 9:45pm (UTC)<p>I'm beginning to think that the main proof that Alcoholics Anonymous is, as its members …

Ready, set, masturbate!: The mastermind behind “International Masturbation Month”

<b>(miljko via iStock/Salon)</b><p>In honor of Masturbation Month, Salon talks to the pioneer of self-pleasuring who coined this quirky holiday<p>Tracy Clark-Flory<p>May 18, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>You probably hadn't realized that May is a commemorative month -- but you might have been celebrating without even knowing. …

The Bible backs same-sex couples: Point by point, why conservatives are wrong

<b>(Twin Design via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>I was taught the Bible condemned same-sex relationships. So I spent years with the text, and that’s simply not true<p>Matthew Vines<p>May 10, 2014 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same Sex Relationships”<p>If the …

The Selective-Outrage Committee on Benghazi

Republicans are unlikely to learn anything useful from their investigation, since they're more interested in discrediting Obama.<p>President Obama ordered the assassination of an American citizen without due process. He presided over mass surveillance on millions of Americans. And he illegally ordered …

The Future of Democracy in the Middle East: Islamist and Illiberal

Across the region, power struggles mask a more fundamental divide over the meaning of the modern nation-state.<p>After the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, a debate raged among Egyptians and Tunisians over the very nature of their societies. How much of the ongoing “Islamization” was imposed and …

Why America Leads the World at Putting People in Cages

As Attorney General Eric Holder observed last summer, "too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law …

What you actually get when the package is labelled “Organic”

When US shoppers buy organic, they’re usually confused about what they’re getting. A new survey (pdf) by the Consumer Reports National Research Center finds that 84% of US adults sometimes buy organic-labeled food (and 45% buy it once a month or more.) But the majority of survey respondents were …

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The States With the Worst Healthcare Systems

Nearly a quarter of West Virginians have lost six or more teeth, and other findings from a new Commonwealth Fund report.<p>Minnesota has the nation's best-performing healthcare system, according to a Commonwealth Fund ranking released this week, and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire are tied …

A Brief History of Exploding Whales

It happens! Pretty often, actually. And the results are ... really, really gross.<p>A dead blue whale washed up on the shore of a small fishing town in Newfoundland last week. A bloated, beached, blubbery bomb of a blue whale. As of 3:30 pm Eastern Time today, the carcass is still intact, but …

How to Fix Dysfunction in Washington

American politics suffers when Congress abdicates its proper role.<p>The bitter ideological battles of our era obscure the fact that "liberals and conservatives largely agree on the boundless nature of presidential responsibility." So argues Gene Healy, whose 2008 book <i>The Cult of the Presidency</i> …

Helping People Understand Freedom Is Key to Libertarianism

I start from the assumption that we don't want merely to feel good by making hardcore libertarian declarations about abolishing this or that …

Cliven Bundy Wants to Tell You All About 'the Negro'

This won't end well.<p>A couple days ago Jonathan Chait asserted that modern conservatism is "doomed" because it is "rooted in white supremacy." The first claim may or may not be true, but there's little doubt about the second. Whether it's the Senate minority leader claiming that America should have …

American tragedies on the rise: The war overseas no longer stays overseas

This month’s Fort Hood shooting is a grim reminder of the unseen scars of battle<p>Ann Jones<p>April 19, 2014 7:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree …

“You want people like that to hate you”: Reza Aslan on Glenn Beck, that Fox News interview, and who gets to speak for Jesus

<b>Reza Aslan (Random House/Hilary Jones)</b><p>Reza Aslan on why he loves being on Glenn Beck’s “chalkboard of crazy,” and why Jesus would raise the minimum wage<p>Michael Schulson<p>April 20, 2014 10:59am (UTC)<p>There are 2 billion Christians in the world. Reza Aslan, the author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of …

How to Stop Wasting Time Comparison Shopping

Sick of slogging your way through countless Amazon customer reviews? Sister-websites Wirecutter and Sweethome will give you just one recommendation per product, for everything from WiFi routers to nail clippers.<p>Recently, my husband and I wanted to buy some new sheets. But how to choose? Would they …

The Irony of Cliven Bundy's Unconstitutional Stand

The Nevada rancher isn't just resisting the Bureau of Land Management—he's also fighting against his state's unusual constitutional history.<p>Twenty-one years ago, rancher Cliven Bundy stopped paying his grazing fees.<p>Bundy does not recognize federal authority over land where his ancestors first …

When I went off my antidepressants

All of my greatest professional success came while I was on medication. Now that I’m off, I feel like a fraud<p>Jennifer Pastiloff<p>April 19, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on xoJane.com.<p>I’m tired. I just spent a week leading a retreat with 22 women, and although I mostly love what I …

China's Forgotten Liberal Hero

Hu Yaobang, whose death 25 years ago triggered the Tiananmen Square protests, served China in an era of unprecedented openness.<p>Twenty-five years ago yesterday, a senior Chinese politician named Hu Yaobang complained of dizziness at a meeting in Beijing, and asked to be excused. Moments later, he …

Plutocracy without end: Why the 1 percent always defeats the middle class

<b>(janecat via iStock)</b><p>There are more of us than them. But income inequality keeps getting worse — and there is sadly no end in sight<p>Thomas Frank<p>March 30, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>I’ve been writing about what we politely call “inequality” since the mid-1990s, but one day about ten years ago, when I was …

Pentagon: Wars Come and Go but War FUNDING Should Be Forever!

Here's a real test to see if House Republicans are serious about making <i>any</i> cuts in government spending.<p>As you'll recall, with a few notable …

Sixth Grade Whiz Figures Out How to Save the Government Almost $400 Million by Changing Fonts

Suvir Mirchandani, a student at a Pittsburgh middle school, decided he wanted to look for ways to reduce waste at his school. So for a science …

No, really, you didn’t build that: How the rich became dependent on government subsidies

<b>Screenshot from the "Koch Brothers Exposed" trailer (Screenshot from the "Koch Brothers Exposed" trailer)</b><p>A new report reveals America’s largest companies aren’t the models of self-sufficiency their CEOs seem to think<p>David Sirota<p>February 27, 2014 11:30pm (UTC)<p>Remember when President Obama was …

Like It or Not, Glenn Greenwald Is Now the Face of the 1st Amendment

Freedom of the press will be weakened if his critics succeed in branding him a traitor or a thief as opposed to a journalist.<p>Among the dozens of reporters, editors, and commentators who have worked on articles sourced to Edward Snowden, just one, Glenn Greenwald, has been subject to a sustained …

Obama on Olympics security in Russia: 'Sochi is safe'

President Barack Obama has thrown his support behind Russian security preparations for the Sochi Winter Olympics, disagreeing with several US congressmen who have cautioned families against attending.<p>Revealing that the US had examined Russia's plans to prevent terrorists disrupting the Games, which …

The End of American Exceptionalism

Conservatives are right: The attitudes they say make America special—religiosity, patriotism, and mobility—are fading. And it has nothing to do with Barack Obama.<p>From the moment Barack Obama appeared on the national stage, conservatives have been searching for the best way to describe the danger he …