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Hobby Lobby: Sex, Lies, and Craft Supplies

It’s understandable that conservatives are gloating. In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court has constrained government power, expanded corporate …

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50 myths and lies about public schools

By Valerie Strauss<p>Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter covering education, foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A valuable new book called “50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools” takes a stark look at some of the worst ideas being promoted by school reformers around the country as ways to improve the …

Between the Lines

Watch Schomburg Center's Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with Zadie Smith on Livestream.com. Join award-winning Nigerian author …

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CrossFit mirrors American militarism | Salon.com

When I started CrossFit, I was troubled by the hero wods. The prospect of doing pull-ups and push-ups to honor a dead American soldier struck me as suspect, if not morally bizarre. I got the idea: the intensity of the workout is meant as a sign of respect, and the small sacrifice you undergo in the …

“The Bone Season”: A dystopian thriller that delivers

A young author’s debut novel about a near-future penal colony for clairvoyants is the ideal late-summer treat<p>Laura Miller<p>August 25, 2013 9:30pm (UTC)<p>There's time for one last gulpable summer novel before the season ends, and the perfect candidate presents itself in Samantha Shannon's "The Bone …

Best Of The Summer: 6 Books The Critics Adore

There is no one definition of a summer book. It can be a 1,000-page biography, a critically acclaimed literary novel, a memoir everyone is talking about — or it might be your favorite guilty pleasure: romance, crime, science fiction. Whatever you choose, it should be able to sweep you away to …

A Father Tells The Story Of His Son's Struggle To Stay 'Clean'

Why do we imprison people who are addicted to illegal drugs instead of treating them for their addiction? That question is at the heart of David Sheff's new book <i>Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America's Greatest Tragedy</i>. It reports the latest medical and scientific research about addiction …

Dante's Beauty Rendered In English In A Divine 'Comedy'

<i>The Divine Comedy</i> is a 14th century poem that has never lost its edge. Dante Alighieri's great work tells the tale of the author's trail through hell — each and every circle of it — purgatory and heaven. It has become perhaps the world's most cited allegorical epic about life, death, goodness, …

Vivid Novel About North Korea Wins Pulitzer Honor

Adam Johnson's <i>The Orphan Master's Son</i>, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday, captures the privation and absurdity of life in North Korea in one sentence: "For breakfast, she murdered an onion and served it raw."<p>The novel is a surreal, feverish look at North Korea under Kim Jong Il. The …