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Democracy and Disagreement

In the wake of Mozilla C.E.O. Brendan Eich’s resignation over his support for California’s 2008 Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage and has since been overturned in court, Andrew Sullivan laments the process by which Eich was compelled to step down. In his post,  Sullivan, a gay man who has been making the conservative case for…Read more Democracy and Disagreement Posted on 9 April 2014 | 11:43 am

Amor Mundi 4/6/14

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi 4/6/14 Posted on 7 April 2014 | 10:03 am

Reading With Your Computer

Franco Moretti is a literature professor, and founder of the Stanford Literary Lab, who believes in something called “computational criticism,” that is, the ability of computers to aid in the understanding of literature. Joshua Rothman’s recent profile of Moretti has provoked a lot of response, most of it defending traditional literary criticism from the digital…Read more Reading With Your Computer Posted on 2 April 2014 | 12:16 pm

The Irony of Sincerity

A few weeks ago, Christy Wampole, a professor of French at Princeton, took to the New York Times to point to what she sees as a pandemic of irony, the symptom of a malignant hipster culture which has metastasized, spreading out from college campuses and hip neighborhoods and into the population at large. Last week,…Read more The Irony of Sincerity Posted on 4 December 2012 | 2:46 pm

Election Holiday

On election night, as he was speaking to the crowd assembled at McCormack Place in Chicago, President Barack Obama took a moment to thank “all the people who voted in this election,” and, in particular, those “who voted for the first time or waited in line for a very long time. By the way” he…Read more Election Holiday Posted on 8 November 2012 | 10:51 am