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A Novel Defense of the Internet

Novel reading was once regarded as an idle occupation, just as Internet use is now.
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The Original Hawks and Doves

Where do the terms hawks and doves come from? The symbolic connections are ancient, but the War of 1812 put them in the political lexicon.
Langston Hughes

The Drag Aesthetic of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes' poetry was influenced by the drag scene in 1920s Harlem.
Harem Pool Jean-Léon Gérôme [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Other Orientalism: Colonialism in the Caucasus

When discussing Orientalism and the Muslim world, we usually talk about the Middle East: its hoary stereotypes of both beauty ...
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The Temple of Apollo on the Ocean Floor

In 1993, divers discovered a shipwreck from the Hellenistic period off the coast of Turkey. It held marble columns from the Temple of Apollo.
Refugees Hungary

“Let the Traumatic Image Haunt Us”

When tragedies strike, it is through photographs, rather than think pieces and reportage that the reader can see the sheer scale of the problem.

Dear Pedants: Your Fave Grammar Rule is Probably Fake

What constitutes ‘correct’ grammar in English seems to have a cyclical life, aided and abetted by new generations of enthusiastic grammarians.

Gabriel García Márquez’s Papers Go to University of Texas at Austin

The archive of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, will go to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin
Education and Leisure

The Rise and Fall of “Education for Leisure”

Where did the notion of teaching people how to spend their free time come from, and why did it disappear?

Lunch Poems Turns 50

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Frank O’Hara’s groundbreaking book Lunch Poems.